Johnson will most likely send Osler his polarizing prism, once Potter receives his consignment. He enjoyed his visit with
Osler, Mrs. Francis, Wood, Principal Dawson, Whiteve(?) and others in Montreal. He thanks Osler for the specimens he sent
and sends his regards to Jimmie.
[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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1875-10-19 (October 19, 1875)
Johnson, W. A.
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Medical Education and Early Career, McGill University, 1870-1884
"The Parsonage" Weston 19 Oct 1875
My dear Osler,
I enclose my cheque. My bad business habits made me delay longer than I ought. I find the instrument all I could [ . . . ].
I have not adjusted the polarizing prism yet, but when Potter receives his consignments in all probability he will have one
to imitate, & then I will send mine. My thoughts often return to you & your surroundings. I am very glad I went to
Montreal. I enjoy a [ . . . ] of thinking of you all & understanding what you are doing, which I could not before. Moreover
I added greatly to my friends. Your cousin Mrs. F. is a good soul: fortunate for you young man to have such a relative. "Her
[ . . . ] show meaning, her allusion" "care" her hopes & longings are towards practical holiness. She tries
to do what she ought. To her the promise will be fulfilled. He that doeth the will of God shall know of the doctrine. She
may have a doubt, but only long enough to prepare the mind to know & enjoy the truth. She may have a trouble, but only
so long, & so scarce, as to perfect some grace that God will approve in her. You are indebted to her for taking me so
hurridly[?] to a strangers house. God perfect in her all He loves to see & reward be for it, here & here after. Do
if you think of it some day, tell her how much I esteem her kind hospitality. I shall long remember it. I did not go to Montreal
expecting acceptance of my person in any way, accustomed to be looked upon as an extreme man such kindness confused me, rather
than otherwise. It taught me a lesson, wh I am always practicing, but have still been erring in, (very) not to judge of other
people at all. Mr. Wood too, I remember with much pleasure
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& can communicate freely with him, if necessary. The scientific ones too. Price Dawson & Mr. Whiteve. Could not you
[ . . . ] a [ . . . ] of [ . . . ] from him for me to grind. Might I [ . . . ] to write to him a line I want to know about
his [ . . . ], they are very curious. Your high power [ . . . ] on them clearly. I want to know if he has written anything
[ . . . ] where. And ashamed to trouble him & ashamed also to remain in ignorance. The specimens you gave me are quite
a treat. They got home all right. If you are [ . . . ] with a [ . . . ] in M. ask him to name the three forms we found on
the Mountain the small one, the middle sized (both left with Mrs. F.) & the large one. You will be glad to hear I am much
better of my trip. I was not well all summer before I went away. My love to Jimmie when you see him. Remember me most kindly
& thankfully to Mrs. F. & with best wishes for yourself spiritually & temporally.
Ever yours my affect. Friend
W. A. Johnson
Dr. B. is much as usual. A good deal inclined to take to his bedroom. Feels cold greatly. Overheated house has given Mrs.
[ . . . ] a bad cold, but she seems to be getting better again.