Letter from William Osler to George Ross [Transcript]
Osler received a letter from Tyson with an unofficial offer of the Chair of Clinical Medicine in Philadelphia. Osler will
likely accept if the position is offered to him, although he is worried about severing his connection with McGill and Montreal.
He asks Ross to keep this information a secret.
[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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1884-06-19 (June 19, 1884)
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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Philadelphia Years: The University of Pennsylvania, 1884-1889
June 19th. 
Shepherd forwarded me a letter this week which played the deuce with my peace of mind. Tyson wrote asking me if I would accept
the chair of Clin. Med. in Univ. of Penn. if appointed - His letter is quite unofficial & nothing may come of it, but
after much meditation I decided to reply in the affirmative. The temptation is too great, but the prospect of severing my
connection with McGill & Montreal gives me no end of worry. However, it may come to naught, but of course I wrote to H.
at once. Now I think - as I told him, - it had better be kept quiet - not let a rumour get about if possible. It would only
stir up another Hospital agitation. Shepherd may possibly have twigged it from the opening sentence of the letter. I sometimes
think it may be a hoax but the matter-of-fact communication - wh. Howard has - does not look like it.
"My heart within me is even like melting wax" at the thought the possibility of leaving you all.