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The William Osler Papers

Letter from Edward F. Milburn to William Osler pdf (1,174,312 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Edward F. Milburn to William Osler
Milburn has just heard from Johnson that Osler is very ill. He intended to invite Osler for Christmas, but understands that Jimmie beat him to it. He hopes that Osler will take a scholarship when he comes up [to Trinity College?].
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
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. Many of the original documents were returned to the owners. The originals that were retained, together with 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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1866-11-27 (November 27, 1866)
Milburn, Edward F.
[Osler, William]
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
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Trin. Coll.
Nov 27 86
Dear Willie,
I am very sorry to hear that you are so ill. I never heard anything about it till just now, when Johnson in the coolest manner possible tells me that you are seriously ill, I don't know whether to believe him or not but I think I must for this very likely will account for you're not writing to me. I do hope and trust however that it will not be very serious. I hear that you are going to Oakville as soon as your School breaks up. Won't we have a glorious time? I did wish, and fully intended to ask you to come and stay with me a short time at Xmas
but Jimmie has anticipated me, any way it will be all right for I don't intend him to monopolize you altogether although he says he will, we'll see about that.
I can promise you plenty of good shooting, for there are lots of Quail, partridges and rabbits to be found; but this is not half, there are a great many other things to be considered. I don't think we will have an examination this Xmas and so I will be able to get away sooner. I only hope you won't be gone before I get home. And getting on very well, altho'[sic] I am not working as hard as I ought to. I find it very hard on account of the rows that take place nearly every night, as soon as the fellows get thro'[sic] their lectures, they adjourn
to some of the second year men's rooms and after drinking, singing and smoking, proceed to the doors of the chapel and there have a regular hoe-down. I hardly approve of the place they have chosen, for I do not think it quite right. They will be pretty well quieted down by the end of next term because the [ . . . ] exam will then soon be coming on and they will have to work hard. I hope you will lasso a scholarship when you come up, I am sure you will if you work hard and steadily. Jimmie is very sick and don't know what it is, but I suppose fever and ague as usual. I won't ask you to write back, not that I wouldn't be overjoyed to hear from you, but because it might give you a great deal of trouble and keep you from getting better sooner. Don't dare to leave Oakville without my seeing you.
Believe me dear friend
Ever your most affect friend
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