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)
[Jacobs, Henry Barton]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War I
Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
(In bed -- hence pad)
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
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
P.S. our treasure, William the butler died in a military hospital last week of pneumonia! such a loss.