Letter from George H. Perley to William Osler[Transcript]
Perley cannot advise Osler about publishing his correspondence with Bruce over the Canadian Army Medical Corps Affair, as
he has not seen the letters himself.
[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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1916-12-22 (December 22, 1916)
Perley, George H.
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
George H. Perley to W. O.
22nd December 1916.
19 Victoria Street, London, S. W.
Dear Sir William Osler,
I am in receipt of your letter of the 21st instant, saying that Colonel Bruce would like to have the correspondence between
you and him published. I am afraid that this is a question which I cannot help you decide, as I have never seen any of the
letters to which you refer, so that I think you will have to make up your mind about it yourself. Your suggestion about consulting
Miss Campbell seems to be quite in order. I expect to receive today the Report of the Board of Officers concerning the Medical
Service, and then will decide as soon as possible what action is best to take.
Wishing you and Lady Osler the compliments of the season,