Letter from Grace Osler to H. V. Ogden [Transcript]
Lady Osler apologizes for not having written since her move to Oxford. She reports that Osler overworked himself while in
North America over Christmas. She delivers news of Campbell, Muriel, and Marjorie Howard, as well as William Francis. Revere
is flourishing in Oxford. She mentions Sargent's painting of Osler, Welch, Kelly, and Halsted.
[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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1906-03-21 (March 21, 1906)
Ogden, H. V.
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
(To Dr. H. V. Ogden from Lady Osler)
7, Norham Gardens, Oxford
March 21st (1906)
Dear Dr. Ogden
It was so nice to have the photograph of your family--I have started to thank you many times and always been prevented--for
that matter and had a kind letter of last spring unanswered--I think I have not been altogether responsible for myself during
the last 18 months. It agrees with us all fortunately and the winter has been unusually good. Dr. Osler nearly killed himself
when he was over--I shall never let him go again from a month of the winter. He came back a wreck--Campbell Howard came over
with Dr. Osler and has gone to Munich to study German--Willie Francis is in Vienna--Marjorie came over with us last May--but
is in Montreal now--She is engaged to a young chap named Drury--very good but only a bank clerk and younger than she is. Muriel
has a lovely boy and is very happy.
Revere delights in Oxford. He said a preparatory school (day) and is really flourishing in this climate. Do give your mother
my love and tell her that all old time British peculiarities have been multiplied in Oxford and the place contains more cranks
& fads than Boston. We are all well and happy. Sargent is painting Drs. Welsh--Kelly--Halsted & Osler--I will send
you a photo as soon as one is taken--the picture will be in the academy and is perfectly wonderful, I think. My love to the
baby and mother, and believe me always cordially