In this letter, Osler reported on Christmas activities and thanked Jacobs for the gift he sent: a pair of galluses (suspenders).
He also commented on plans for a memorial to John Shaw Billings, and again on the transition to full-time medical faculty
at Johns Hopkins.
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1913-12-26 (December 26, 1913)
[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
Dec. 26th 1913
13, Norham Gardens, Oxford.
How did you know that my galluses were in tatters! Such an acceptable present! Thank you so much. We have had a very happy
Xmas, the house full & a very merry party. A brother
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from B.C, whom I have not seen for 30 years (& his wife) & Joe Revere & one of the Wright girls who is at school
here, Ottilie Campbell Howard's sister, but not such a desolater. My books are streaming in & such treasures. I got
a Newton Principia the other day to add to my Ed. Principia of the 17th
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century. Revere has taken to the auction room & sent his first bid to Sothebys, 1 pound for Landor's Pericles &
Asphasia & got it. He is taking such an interest in good literature. He got his etching outfit for Xmas & has just
started to copy one of his Florence Sketches.
I do hope the Billings Library scheme will turn out right. Mr. C. might do it for B's sake if John Cadwallader or Welch
asked him. I had better not
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"but in." I do not believe he takes much stock in me. He cannot understand why I left the United States. I am so sorry
for Barker. It is really a hard position for him & not altogether fair from the University stand point. It is a nice point
in equity. I dread this super-clinician group. I fear they will be as little in touch with the rank and file as the professional
anatomists & physiologists. And it will not be pleasant for the men in the hospital to have the chiefs of their Depts.
playing second fiddle or 3rd! in the community.