Letter from Margaret MacDonald to William Osler [Transcript]
MacDonald believes that Edith Campbell's removal was justified. She writes that there is much Osler does not know about
the inquiry and even Campbell understands where she went wrong. General G. C. Jones's recall to Canada has been a great
blow to the Medical Service.
[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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1916-10-17 (October 17, 1916)
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
Margaret C. Macdonald to W. O.
17 Oct. '16.
Cecil Chambers, 86 Strand, London, W. C.
Dear Sir William,
Your note of the 10th inst. should have been answered earlier, but I was on duty in the Shorncliffe area most of last week
and since return Saturday morning have been exceedingly busy--also I had hoped you would have looked in on me yesterday. In
reply to your query I have not seen the report on the findings of the Cliveden Committee but the circumstance is quite in
accordance with military regulations. As to being satisfied over Miss Campbell's removal I am of the opinion that it was
quite justified. Perhaps you know only one side of the affair. Of course there has been not the slightest suspicion that Miss
Campbell was in any way connected with the O.Cs. dishonest dealings. I also fully appreciate your point of view but I realize
there's much you do not know regarding the results of the inquiry. Miss Campbell was in here yesterday and when we discussed
the subject in full she quite realized where she had done wrong. When I see you in persona grata I shall give the gist of
the whole thing. It is quite true Miss Boulter and I had our resignations ready but we found our reasons were not legitimate
and wouldn't go through. There is another point that is brought out and that is would our going be to the best interest
of the Service. We are still giving the subject consideration. The going of General Jones is a great blow to us. I should
be so glad if you drop in here if you can spare the time--but 'phone so that I shall be in.