Letter from Margaret MacDonald to William Osler [Transcript]
MacDonald regrets to inform Osler that there is no immediate prospect of Mrs. Millar being appointed to the Canadian Army
Medical Corps. She writes of Miss Mabel MacDonell.
[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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1917-01-09 (January 9, 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
From M. C. Macdonald to W. O.
Director of Medical Services, Canadian Contingents, Cecil Chambers, 86 Strand, London, W. C.
January 9, 1917.
Dear Sir William,
Replying to your letter of the 6th inst., I regret that there is no immediate prospect of Mrs. Millar being appointed to the
C.A.M.C. Nursing Reinforcements from 52 to 75 are now being sent from Canada every month so that leaves us little opportunity
for recommendations from this office; however, I shall keep her name in mind and forward it if occasion presents. I may add
that when Mrs. Millar called at this office she informed me that she would not have the least difficulty in obtaining work
of the sort she wanted.
You may remember having written me some little time ago regarding Miss Mabel Macdonell whom felt had not received due consideration
from the British Red Cross authorities. After her appointment to our Service I learned that the Hon. Arthur Stanley had offered
her one or two posts, both of which she declined, so that you see after all she had no cause for grievance.
With kind regards and all good wishes to Lady Osler and yourself, I am,