Letter from William Osler to Daniel C. Gilman [Transcript]
News about settling in Oxford. Description of his official rooms, and of his class, of the outpatient department. Description
of his daily work. He enjoys being a member of Christ Church. Picture to himself that Burton or Locke may have inhabited his
quarters. He enjoys sitting at the Hebdomadal Council of the University. He is Curator of the Bodleian. News from his family.
Mention of his trip to America in December. Greets to Remsen, Gildersleeve and Ames. Mention that he wrote to Welch.
[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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1905-11-05 (November 5, 1905)
[Gilman, Daniel C.]
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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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
(Dr. D. C. Gilman)
7, Norham Gardens, Oxford.
Nov. 5th, 1905
Dear Mr. Gilman
I am settling into my new life very comfortably. We are in Mrs. Max Muller's house for the winter & have not yet found
a permanent home. Houses are very scarce. I have very nice official rooms at the Museums, with two laboratory rooms attached
but I shall do all my work at the Radcliffe infirmary. I have a class of 15 men and I am drilling them in the elementary work.
There are 150 beds in a large outpatient department. I have been appointed an active consultant with the free range of all
cases for teaching purposes - this at the request of the staff. So that I have ample material, and shall hold a weekly consultation
for outside physicians. The local Doctors are very pleasant and friendly. I have rooms at Christ Church of which I am a "student"
and a member of the governing body with a special stall in the Cathedral & with the privilege of reading the lessons,
if I like! The men at the House (as Ch. Ch. It is called) are very nice and I shall enjoy my connection with it very much.
My quarters are in the old building & I picture to myself that Burton or Locke may have inhabited them. I have been elected
on the Hebdomadal Council, the governing body, 21 in number, of the University. I have only been at two meetings - most interesting
& I shall get an insight into the workings of the complicated academical machinery. Officially I am the Curator of the
Bodleian and have free range of the place. I have scarcely begun my excursions into its highways and byways.
Mrs. Osler & the boy enjoy the life here so much. He is at school and is very happy. We sail Dec. 16th. I hope to spend
four weeks at the hospital playing about with the boys & keeping in touch with the work. Give Mrs. Gilman my love. Greet
Remsen & Gildersleeve & Ames. Welch I have written to several times.