In this letter, Osler responded to a cable informing him that his friends had established a fund in his name for the purchase
of books for the library of the Maryland Medical and Chirurgical Faculty (now the Maryland State Mecial Association.) Osler
had done much to build up the Faculty's library holdings and to raise funds for a new building. He also hired the first
professional librarian, Marcia Noyes. Osler also gave Jacobs news of the family and friends.
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1917-04-25 (April 25, 1917)
[Jacobs, Henry Barton]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
Osler, Medical History, and Medical Libraries
[Excerpt from the minutes of the Osler Committee of the Medical and Chirugical Faculty of Medicine] (April 20, 1917)
Congratulations to Miss Noyes. She is the lynch pin!
From the Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford.
25. IV. 17
Your cable just received bowled us over completely. Did ever any one have such friends! I am deeply touched. You know how
much I love the old Faculty and what a pleasure it was for me to serve its interests. I do not think that anything in Baltimore
gave me greater pleasure than to see the Faculty established in a proper home and to watch the progress of the Library. Think
of the old days in those dismal rooms under the Hist. Soc.! Dear Cordell! What a fine loyal soul he was! And Ashby, always
so full of hope, & Randolph Winston, a bit doubtful about the money! How much we owe too, to
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those older men. Christ. Johnston, Donaldson, Chew & Miles who made us, strangers, so welcome. Welch & Martin &
Remsen paved the way. And it might have been so different! The Faculty was really the stock in the soup. I will write to the
President so soon as I have additional particulars. What good friends to the Faculty you & Mrs. Jacobs have been!
Very satisfactory letters at last from Revere who has had six weeks of incessant fighting. His battery was with the advance
division. Grace is having one of his letters copied & Margery will pass it on. He keeps wonderfully well -- has only been
off duty one day since Oct 20th -- a barked shin. He is now in the wagon lines for a couple of weeks. Fortunately he likes
his fellow officers, and the work has been so heavy that he has had no time to worry, and he never complains. Poor laddie!
It is a hell of an experience for him to have had. One of my sisters boys was killed at Vimy Ridge -- a brother of Norman
Gwyn's, and such a fine officer!
Sue Chapin is still here -- She & Grace work like galley slaves. I am back in my old paths -- away four days last week,
very busy times about the Hospitals & rearrangements. America will save the situation! We are so excited about it. Love
to Mrs. Jacobs and to all the old friends.