Oxford 30 VIII 17. Major Cushing – 46 CCS France. Thank God you are with him love. Tante Grace Osler 13, Norham Gardens, Oxford. Friday (Aug. 31st, 1917) Dearest Harvey, Our one comfort is that you were with him – No one in the world could have done as much and no one been fonder of him – I can only think what an agony it was to you when you saw him come in. You will tell us Everything I know – Dear Revere, he was living for his leave – a letter last evening told what we would do – I hope he knew you and could talk to you – It is very hard – & we’re getting old. There was a fine life in store for the boy – but it couldn’t be. I always expected this to happen – but I never could be ready – Kate will know through Ottilie – we cabled. What a marvel it is that we have you all to help us – and your children. Tom Futcher will be here in a day or two I hope. Our love – Tante Grace.
About this transcript: Soon after Osler’s death in 1919, Lady Osler asked their good friend Dr. Harvey Cushing to write a biography. For this project, Cushing gathered a wide variety of material, including a substantial amount of Osler correspondence and other memorabilia borrowed from Osler’s family, friends, and colleagues. He employed three secretaries to transcribe these documents, and later donated the transcripts (along with his other working materials) to the Osler Library. Because many of the original documents were returned to the owners, the Cushing transcripts constitute the largest and most accessible collection of Osler’s correspondence. Harvey Cushing’s “Life of Sir William Osler” was published by Oxford University Press in 1925, and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1926.