Letter from William Osler to E. A. S. Schafer [Transcript]
Osler declines Schafer's offer to become Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh. Neither Osler nor Grace want their son, Revere,
to grow up an American. He plans to retire to England in eight or ten years. Osler has learned from the papers of Grainger
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
About this transcript: Soon after Osler's death in 1919, Lady Osler asked their good friend Dr. Harvey Cushing to write
a biography. For this project, Cushing gathered a wide variety of material, including a substantial amount of Osler correspondence
and other memorabilia borrowed from Osler's family, friends, and colleagues. He employed three secretaries to transcribe
these documents, and later donated the transcripts (along with his other working materials) to the Osler Library. Because
many of the original documents were returned to the owners, the Cushing transcripts constitute the largest and most accessible
collection of Osler's correspondence.
Harvey Cushing's "Life of Sir William Osler" was published by Oxford University Press in 1925, and was awarded
a Pulitzer Prize in 1926.
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1900-02-06 (February 6, 1900)
[Schafer, E. A. S.]
Transcriber: [Cushing, Harvey]
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
From W. O.
1, West Franklin Street,
(Feb.) 6, (1900).
I was very glad to have your letter last week. I should be very loth to leave this place where I am most comfortable and have
a really good clinic. One consideration more than any other would influence me. I do not - nor does Mrs. Osler - wish Revere
to be brought up an American, so that we are planning, if matters turn out all right, to retire to England in eight or ten
years. I see by the papers that Grainger Stewart is dead. From the account I had of his illness last Summer I was not surprised.
My prospects would not I should say be very bright, but I should be glad to hear of the outlook.