Letter from William Osler to his son, Edward Revere on his 21st birthday [Transcript]
Osler is very proud of his son and delighted by the closeness of their relationship. That Revere has developed a fondness
for literature and old books in recent years, has given Osler additional pleasure. Osler informs Revere that he and Grace
have put aside money for his education and for his future.
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
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
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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1916-12-28 (December 28, 1916)
Osler, Edward Revere
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
Letter to W. O.'s Son, Dec. 28th, 1916.
13, Norham Gardens, Oxford.
To my Son on his 21st Birthday.
First - regrets, that you are not with us - but these are the only ones; and the most satisfactory of all the feelings I have
is that no regrets cloud the clear past of 21 years - and this is a great deal to say. You have been everything that her father
could wish, I dear good laddie. And it is not often I am sure that father and son have been so happy together . . . I really
believe that Atlantic City show in that day at Fuller's, New York were the only occasions on which you were really mad
with me. That of late years you should have developed a taste for literature and a fondness for old books has been an additional
pleasure. With training and hard work I think you should see your way of life clearly indicated.
For the Future - everything is too uncertain to make any plans. We can only hope for the best. But a few years ago your Mother,
with her usual good sense, began to say something so you could have your own money when you came of age. Well, together we
have put by $32,600 = 6,520 pounds which will give you a net annual income of 300 pounds. It is in the Toronto Trust Co. and
invested in 5% war loan. It will be transferred to your name. This will be enough to pay your average expenses at College
and there will be extras if necessary - and an occasional "rake-off" I hope. It is always so much better for a fellow
to have his own money, when possible.
Many, many happy returns of the day and I hope when the tyranny is overpast we may have more happy days together - you and
I and Muz.