Skip to main contentU.S. National Library of MedicineU.S. National Library of Medicine

Profiles in Science
Pinterest badge Follow Profiles in Science on Pinterest!

The William Osler Papers

Letter from William Osler to his son, Edward Revere on his 21st birthday [Transcript] pdf (611,475 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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 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.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (611,475 Bytes)
1916-12-28 (December 28, 1916)
Osler, William
Osler, Edward Revere
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Exhibit Category:
Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
Unique Identifier:
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
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.
Your loving
Metadata Last Modified Date:
Linked Data:
RDF/XML     JSON     JSON-LD     N3/Turtle     N-Triples