In this letter, Osler wrote of his work at Oxford's Bodleian Library (he has become a curator there, as well as an advocate
and fundraiser for this and other "general fund" expenses at the university): and of his son Revere's experiences
at school in Winchester. The reference to "rocks" is about his recent painful bout with kidney stones.
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1910-02-04 (February 4, 1910)
[Jacobs, Henry Barton]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
Feb. 4th 1910
13, Norham Gardens, Oxford.
I am all right again -- no further colic or rocks. We were very sorry to hear of Mrs. Gilman's death. She had a splendid
life and was a fine figure in the Hopkins History. We are having a busy time. I am deep in Bodley matters -- struggling with
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storage stack. The machinery here needs oiling badly, -- too many bosses & not enough money. Splendid weather -- such
bright clear days. Tommy wrote in such good spirits from Winchester -- no homesickness or worries. As the new boy he has to
pay for his gallery (dormitory) and on early duty to call the boys at 6:30, go back to bed & call them again at 6:35 6:40
& 6:45! They have a special language which new boys have to learn -- nearly 400 words.
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I shall not be able to order the Aesculapius this year. I have had to subscribe to the new building of the Royal Med Society
fund, pour encourager les autres and that has taken my spare cash -- but it will come later. Nothing much in the auctions
yet -- did you take the G. H. cane -- it must be a beauty.
It is nice to hear how happy Miss Mae Fletcher seems to be. Love to Mrs. Jacobs & the boys.