Letter from Grace Osler to Harvey Cushing [Transcript]
Grace is referring to the death of her and William's son, Edward Revere Osler on a Belgian battlefield during World War
I. Cushing and other American surgeons were stationed at a nearby field hospital and tried unsuccessfully to save him.
Lady Osler is comforted only by the fact that Cushing was with Revere when he died. She always expected it would happen, but
could never be ready for the death of her son. She is expecting Futcher to arrive in a few days time.
[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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1917-08-31 (August 31, 1917)
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
Oxford 30 VIII 17.
Major Cushing - 46 CCS France.
Thank God you are with him love.
Tante Grace Osler
13, Norham Gardens, Oxford.
Friday (Aug. 31st, 1917)
Our one comfort is that you were with him - No one in the world could have done as much and no one been fonder of him - I
can only think what an agony it was to you when you saw him come in. You will tell us Everything I know - Dear Revere, he
was living for his leave - a letter last evening told what we would do - I hope he knew you and could talk to you - It is
very hard - & we're getting old. There was a fine life in store for the boy - but it couldn't be. I always expected
this to happen - but I never could be ready - Kate will know through Ottilie - we cabled. What a marvel it is that we have
you all to help us - and your children.