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The William Osler Papers

Letter from William Osler to Henry Barton Jacobs pdf (364,547 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from William Osler to Henry Barton Jacobs
In this letter, Osler reported that he was laid up in bed with a bad cold, brought on by overwork and worry. He thanked Jacobs for a copy of Thomas Browne's "Miscellanies," and offered his opinion on President Wilson's peace proposals, which he believed would resolve nothing.
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1916-12-23 (December 23, 1916)
Osler, William
[Jacobs, Henry Barton]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War I
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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
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Letters (correspondence)
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(In bed -- hence pad)
Dear Jacobs.
I am laid up with a heavy cold, the worst indeed I have had for years. I have coughed my Pacchionian bodies loose! very little fever. I am better now and sitting up part of the day. I have been doing too much this term & have been worried over this C.A. Med. Corps business; but thank God we got rid of that awful bounder Sam Hughes.
The Browne Miscellanies is a great treasure -- thank you so much. It is the very copy on which I bid some years ago. I now lack only the 1688 Dutch Edition to complete my set. A missing 1644 Latin -- one of the three of that date -- came in the other day.
Thanks for your lovely Xmas card. Bad time over here for the Dove of Peace. I wish Wilson, who arrived this a.m. had been shot on the way. Peace now
would mean another big war within 10 years. We have got to go through with this now to the bitter end & either come out on top or go under, & leave the future of Democracy with the U.S. I think we can hold out for another 1 1/2 years or even longer. The Country is at last alive to the business, & all this shortage will do good.
Revere is in splendid form & evidently with a set of fine fellows. If you have a war map look just above Alibert along the Ancre, a famous farm is marked. That is where his battery is stationed. They hammer away night & day -- the expenditure of shells must be prodigious. I am so glad he is in the artillery -- so much better in every way.
Sue Chapin is with us & Archie Malloch & we expect some of the Wrights tomorrow. Love to Mrs. Jacobs. With best wishes for 1917.
Ever yours,
Wm. Osler
P.S. our treasure, William the butler died in a military hospital last week of pneumonia! such a loss.
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