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Letter from Osler to Judge Henry D. Harlan, President of the Johns
Board of Trustees. July 3, 1904
In this letter Osler offers to place his salary at the disposal of the
trustees of the Johns Hopkins Hospital for the next ten years, to offset financial losses
the Hospital suffered in the aftermath of the devastating 1904 fire in Baltimore.
Letter from Osler to Dr. William S. Halsted,
August 6, 1904
(From the William S. Halsted Collection)
Osler informs Halsted of his decision to accept the Regius Professorship at Oxford
Letters from the Henry Barton Jacobs Collection within the
William Osler Papers
Henry Barton Jacobs, M.D. and his wife, Mary Frick Garrrett Jacobs, were
closely associated with Johns Hopkins Hospital and were close friends of the Oslers. The
William Osler correspondence to Dr. Jacobs spans the years 1893 -1919. Osler's lively
letters share news related to their common interests in medicine and Johns Hopkins, and
many mutual friends. In addition Osler's passion for book collecting (especially of
antiquarian medical texts) is clearly evident.
Letter to Dr. Henry B. Jacobs, Jan 11, 1909
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In this buoyant but brief letter from Paris, Osler gives a glowing account
of his newly finished portrait, painted by Seymour Thomas. He speaks of the "aeroplane"
show by the Wrights and sums up his Parisian visit with his closing, T'is a great town
-- lacks only trained nurses!
Letter to Dr. Henry B. Jacobs
February 24, 1909
In this chatty letter postmarked Rome, Osler writes, We are working
hard here but there is so much to see... Hospitals, villas, and the temple of
Aesculapius. He closes the letter admitting that he had found a few good books, but
disappointed not to find .. incunabula at every corner!
Osler to Jacobs, July 15, 1910
Osler examines the British Museum's Vesalius.