Lady Grace R. Osler to Wilburt C. Davison


Jan 16th, 1918
Dear Mr. Jonah
Sir William wrote you a day or two ago about Bob Emmons. I do not know quite what he said but I think I must add a plea and see if you can't help the poor chap. He is suffering from many causes - besides varicose veins, he is suffering mostly from American parents who have lived

always from[strikethrough] over here since their marriage and still retain their American citizenship. A grandfather as well, who holds the family purse strings. I think that this more than any thing else has been the misfortune for Bob since war came. He joined the Ambulance Corps as you know and since that has been taken over by the U.S. he has done this Franco-American soup feeding hut business - I do

not know what it is called - but I do know that a good brain is being wasted and Bob should be at a microscope if he can't use his legs. His sister is staying here and tells me is not far from Verdun[?] and if you are near no.18. You must be in the same neighborhood - I feel sure you could suggest something to him. He needs a good strong

Americo-Oxonian like yourself to help him. He is naturally very reserved and retiring and will not let people know how miserable he is. I know, and would so like to get him on a good job, where he could be of use - and be doing something that may keep him in the future - for all this time in his medical work is being lost. So many men are coming back this term to work (medical) - I wish you were - Robert Johnson from the

Hopkins is working at the Base - on the orthopaedic staff. He was married just before he left and his wife is working hard at the plaster cast cases. I suppose you have heard that Dr. Janeway has died of pneumonia. It is very sad and a most serious loss. Dr. Futcher (Lt Colonel) is at the Orpington, Canadian Hospital until March. Sir William goes every Monday as usual to Taplow. I do not know if you were really, Jonah - or that idiot Peasley. It cost £100 to repair the car after he was called

up - and since Bennings return no disasters - But I fancy soon we must give it up - petrol is so scarce. Sir William really needs it however - I am watching him very carefully. Since Revere's death he has grown very thin and his heart is simply broken - Oh - it is so hard to be cheerful and bare the disappointment and grief with a cheerful smile.
I do hope this will not batter you about Bob but I know you won't mind trying to help the poor fellow. My love to your wife -
G. R. Osler

Item Description

  • January 16, 1918 letter from Lady Grace Osler to Wilburt Davison with general updates
Date created
  • osler49a-b-c50a-b-c
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  • Wilburt Cornell Davison Papers, 1881-1972 (MC.0010)
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