Letter from William Osler to Marcia Noyes [Transcript]
Osler apologizes for having left without saying goodbye and explains that his work on his "confounded' text book kept
him busy to the last moment. He intends to send out a circular letter to all those interested in Libraries, asking them to
subscribe. Osler has collected books during his European travels that he wishes to send along to the Library. He writes that
he had a delightful trip in Holland, and now in Scotland, he has forgotten about medicine and thinks only of reducing his
[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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1901-08-13 (August 13, 1901)
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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Osler, Medical History, and Medical Libraries
(Miss Marcia Noyes)
viii. 13. 01
Dear Miss Noyes
I was very distressed (truly) to leave without saying goodbye but I had such hard work to get away - that con founded text-book
kept me tight to the very last moment - I hope by this time you are away on your holiday. I will send by Sept 1st the circular
letter which I wish to have sent to all those interested in Libraries asking them to subscribe. I have some treasures for
the Library. Muller & Co of Amsterdam had a loft full of fine old books which I looked over. They will send out a box
about Sept 15th. Let me know if there's anything special wanted from Germany as it could come in Muller's box. We
had a delightful trip to Holland. We came here ten days ago. I have forgotten all about medicine & Doctors & my sole
ambition in life now is to reduce my score at golf.