In this letter, Osler commented on the progress of the war, and his feeling that England may be in for a long siege, given
Germany's strength. He also mentioned his recent rare book acquisitions.
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1915-03-28 (March 28, 1915)
[Jacobs, Henry Barton]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
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World War I
Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
March 28th, 1915
I had to finish my last rather abruptly as I was hurried away & forgot to tell you how pleased Revere was with the Walton
Medal. It was so kind of you to send & think of him. He is gradually getting the original editions of Walton's Lives.
It is a nuisance to have his education interrupted in this way just as he was beginning to get so interested in literature.
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I am here for a few days inspecting the American Hospital at Paignton which has been a great success. There are three nice
Hopkins men on the staff. We are all feeling very hopeful. The blockade is a farce. 2 vessels caught last week out of 1500
that reached port. The new Army has turned out much better than anyone would have supposed possible. The tussle will be during
the next four months. Germany is immensely strong & war is her business, so I fear we are in for a long war.
Did I tell you that I have got the minutes of the Medical Society that Jenner and Parry founded -- chiefly in Jenner's
hand? I must send it to you to show at the
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Historical Club. There are two nice case reports by Jenner - and it was from this batch that I got his papers on Hydatid of
the Kidneys. I got the Mesue 1471 last week the 3rd or 4th medical book printed & the first printed by a native Italian.
This about expends my E.B.O. fund which has enabled me to get some treasures. Yours of the 12th came yesterday. So sorry to
hear of David Hutzler's death and of the Rabbi -- good men & true. I wish I could have heard you at the Synagogue.
I fear Mr. Phipps has gone at the top badly. Mrs. Guest evades my questions about him but Jay said -- a few mos. ago -- that
he was failing. Grace is well -- & here for a rest. She has worked uninterruptedly since the end of August. Sue Chapin
comes next week.