Letter from Grace Osler to H. V. Ogden [Transcript]
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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1895-06-14 (June 14, 1895)
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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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
(To Dr. Ogden from Lady Osler)
1 West Franklin Street, Baltimore
June 14, 1895
Dear Dr. Ogden
It does not appear from my conduct that I was glad to have your letter or glad to hear that you had been happy with us. All
the same I was glad & have very often started to write and been interrupted. You can't fancy how funny it is to me
to look back and realize the Dr. Ogden I expected to see was not the Dr. Ogden I found at all. Perhaps we are quite as you
found your old friend 'unchanged by marriage'. That has pleased me so much--for I should not like any of Dr. Osler's
friends to find him at all changed. After you left my mother soon departed and she was followed by one relation & friend
after another and I only had time to catch my breath and be ready for that--(you know) American Med Asso--our plans were changed
somewhat as Dr. Osler's sister-in-law Mrs. B. B. Osler died very suddenly and we of course did not take part in any of
the entertainments--& Dr. Osler recalled his dinner invitations. Dr. Donald Maclean and his wife stayed here, also Dr.
& Mrs. McGuire from Richmond. I hesitate to express my opinion about the A.M.A. probably yours is the same--they goodness
it cannot come here again while we live here. After that I fled the Boston and rested in the country for days--heard very
sad accounts of Mrs. Gouvenner Ogden who is completely crushed by the death of her son. She is going to Bar Harbor for the
summer. I saw some of your cousins in Boston. Mr. Richard Codman's daughter is a great friend of my sister and a very
You should see my old doctor now. He is deep in the new edition. The first package of manuscript has gone and soon the misery
of proof reading will begin. The library is a perfect wreck--floor--tables & chairs covered with books & journals.
By the way I forgot to say that Mrs. Donald Maclean proved rather nice--I pitied her because it was beastly hot and I am sure
she must have regretted not going to a hotel. They came in a private car and brought step-daughter & daughters-in-law
galore, they stayed at the--
Dr. Osler distinguished himself by maligning old Atkinson the Secretary--I was at the meeting & frightened to death when
I heard him pronounce the "Secretary absolutely incompetent"--It was a benefit to the Association I am told but I
fail to see it. We are miserable at remaining in America this summer but proof must be read & some money saved this year--Dr.
Osler says he cannot leave until the middle of July--He is trying to persuade me to join Miss Woolly at Narragansett July
1st--but I like to be at home unless it is absolutely unbearable. Dr. Lafleur has gone over as you probably know--is to join
some of the Hospital man later for a tramp. We will go to Canada about the middle of August per month I think. Miss Haven
is now staying with my mother. They have a charming new resident at the Hopkins a Dr. Whitman who plays delightfully and gives
so much pleasure. I am quite alarmed at the length of this letter--Fear you will never struggle through it. Your father's
friends the Merediths are very neighborly at this season. Dr. Osler's love to you--
Grace Revere Osler
Your name is down with Dr. Lefleur's four and annual visit