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Letter from J. William Dawson to William Osler pdf (1,548,956 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from J. William Dawson to William Osler
Dawson writes to offer Osler the Chair in Botany at McGill University.
[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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1872-11-28 (November 28, 1872)
Dawson, J. William
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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Medical Education and Early Career, McGill University, 1870-1884
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Nov 28, 1872
My dear Sir,
By request of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, I try to impress you as to the present state of the Chair of Botany in this University. It is my wish as soon as possible to give up this part of my work, and if you feel inclined to look forward to it, I think you might secure the appointment, though I am not in a position to pledge the University to anything in this matter. The fees of the Medical club amount to about $200 and may increase; and I wish as soon as possible to have a [ . . . ] salary at-
tached to the lectures in the Faculty of Arts, and to have a Professorship created combining both Faculties.
It would be necessary[?] that the Professor of Lectures should provide for both Faculties, so soon as a salary can be given, and that the Use of the Microscope should be included in his lectures, He should also have some special propensity in the subject, to be attained by the study of Structural Botany (say in January, not in England where it is unknown). And
by the study of Canadian and economic[?] Botany.
If you think it worth your while to keep this in view, in connection with your general professional wish, or that specialties in Physiology[?] [ . . . ], as the Medical Faculty might provide, I shall be willing to do what I can for you, and in the meantime shall be glad to learn your views as to the matter.
My belief is that botanical
Science holds out here at present some good chances of scientific [ . . . ], Though in a pecuniary point of view little can be done except to make it an accessory to other work.
Truly yours
W. Dawson
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