Susan R. Chapin to Wilburt C. Davison


My dear Dr. Davison
I am sending this quaint little knocker that my sister, Lady Osler picked up for you in Durham, a year ago last Summer. We were visiting the Cathedral there - soon after she had heard of your appointment to Duke University. You may know the myth of the Cathedral being built on a spot where St. Cuthbert was buried - his burial place being ordained by some miraculous message as to a "dun-cow" & that there is a huge knocker on the door like this - I fear I am rather vague as to the tale - but at any rate Lady Osler said - "I must get one of those for Davison when he goes to his new home in

Durham". In the unpacking of her trunk this was mislaid - and when I was distributing her things in her room I found it. She really got it as a joke - but I am tempted to send it on to you - to show you of her thought & hoping you might like it as a memento.
It is very sad to feel that those wonderful days of the "Open Arms" are over - but the influnences therefrom - is spread over the world! Hoping all goes well with you & yours in your tremendous work
Believe me
Yours very sincerely
Susan R. Chapin
March 23rd 1929

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Item Description

  • March 23 1929 letter from Susan R. Chapin to Wilburt Davison sending a knocker that Lady Grace Osler had gotten for him as a joke.
Date created
  • osler177-178-197
Resource type
Archival collection
  • Wilburt Cornell Davison Papers, 1881-1972 (MC.0010)
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