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The William Osler Papers

Title:
Letter from William Osler to Henry Barton Jacobs pdf (364,547 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from William Osler to Henry Barton Jacobs
Description:
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.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (364,547 Bytes)
Date:
1916-12-23 (December 23, 1916)
Creator:
Osler, William
Recipient:
[Jacobs, Henry Barton]
Source:
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War I
Exhibit Category:
Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
Unique Identifier:
GFBBXK
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
23rd
(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
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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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