Letter from Edith Campbell to William Osler [Transcript]
Campbell has just learned that it was not General G. C. Jones that had her removed from Taplow and, furthermore, that Jones
would like her to be reinstated to her old post. She believes that H. A. Bruce and Mrs. Astor were responsible for her unfair
dismissal from Taplow. She thanks Osler and Lady Osler for all their help throughout the ordeal.
[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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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
From Edith Campbell
To W. O.
Dear Sir William,
Gen. Jones they tell me only did not send me away from Taplow, but thinks like you I should be reinstated regardless of my
feelings on the subject, late as it is. I got this, not direct from him, I have never seen him or heard a word but from good
It was the Committee Col. Bruce and no doubt about it Mrs. Astor. Don't think I am harping about her, I am not. I felt
for a long time and so did some of my friends that she would be glad of a complete change, Colonel principally and me, because
I gave her always a certain amount of opposition. I had to, she interfered in everything and everybody, and she can be very
moody and nasty when she likes, quit a different person to her usual sunny self and my fusses with Mrs. Phipps were the beginning
of her idea. Mrs. Phipps and I could not have worked together this winter too--annoying here ceaseless gossip and mischief
making from the Col. to the scullery boy nobody was free.
Mrs. B. M. Beford is very anxious to see you I said you are often in London I thought, and probably could spare her a few
minutes of your time. She is at the Ritz. She is my oldest and dearest friend and went straight to Sir Robert when she got
my first letter. I was very sorry when I heard it and cabled to her to do nothing more but she paid no attention to me, went
ahead and it's lucky for me she did because Sir Robert Borden had a very garbled nasty account of me. He was astonished
at Mrs. Vidals appointment, as home sister and wondered who had made it, knowing if everyone did in Ottawa her habits.
You say you're glad to hear of the nurses support, the only evidence of that is this enclosed letter, the lovely silver
vase and roses, cards from some matrons at Xmas and from many other sisters who'd been under me at different times.
Some of the sisters on this very list I. [?] Brady for instance had been a bit out of hand gushing. [space] not being sent
home on a long sick leave, for having a slight murmur that you told her to forget, and it's never bothered her cents,
but she evidently has changed her mind about me and knows I was just.
I saw Miss Macdonald yesterday she hopes to be able to give me No. 1 general at Etaples, still a secret the best I could get
will repay everything, and let the world see I can be trusted all the petty other things I will put behind me and try to forget.
I hope Col. Wylde won't be too sorry about his own matron team changed but she is get equally good in Eng. and she has
been two years in France I had a rushed visit to London 24 hours but could not stay longer just now and my business was done
in two hours. Many apologies for this epistle, and when and how I am to repay you and Lady Osler, for your great help and
sympathy which you both have my ever lasting gratitude.
Hoping you are getting good news of Revere, and that he is keeping well. My niece's husband Major Synott, Royal Artillery
came home his wife says "covered with evils" and went back still with some and now his small son Peter has got them.
So some new French disease evidently is springing up or is it old?