Letter from William Osler to Judge Henry D. Harlan
On February 7, 1904, a large fire destroyed about 70 blocks of downtown Baltimore. Many of the burned buildings belonged
to Johns Hopkins Hospital as part of its endowment, and this created a financial crisis for the institution. In this letter,
Osler told Judge Harlan, president of the hospital's board, that he would give up his annual salary to help keep up the
hospital's publications. (This proved unnecessary, as John D. Rockefeller helped cover the losses with a gift of $500,000.)
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1904-03-07 (March 7, 1904)
Harlan, Henry D.
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
Dear Judge Harlan
In case we do not get a supplementary endowment for the Hospital, I shall be very glad to place my salary ($5000) for ten
years at the disposal of the Trustees to be used in maintaining
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Please say nothing of it outside of the committee.