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Category: 1 – Correspondence between Smith and members of the Bullock family

This collection contains letters between Smith and Frederick Bullock, Secretary of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Later years of the correspondence also include letters between Smith and Bullock’s wife Janet, and son Wilfred. Bullock assisted Smith in his research for his publications, initially by carrying out research on his behalf in various London institutions, in particular the library at the British Museum [now housed at the British Library], and providing translation of works in Latin or French. As the correspondence continues, more personal information is shared between the men, but most discussion is still focused on professional and literary matters. From 1919, Smith employs Janet Bullock to proofread his new edition of ‘Veterinary Physiology’, and this professional relationship continues until Smith’s death.

The significant majority of the letters are from Smith to Bullock, and it is assumed that his correspondence was kept by Bullock and added to Smith’s papers once they were moved to the College after Smith’s death.

There are some letters to Smith or Bullock from other individuals, and it is assumed these were enclosed in letters between the two men, and so belong in this series. Enclosures are often mentioned in letters, but not found at time of cataloguing. These may be housed in other parts of the collection.

1 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 2 Oct 1910

Smith writes on various research subjects including: Dame Juliana Berners, and her publications on hawking, hunting and heraldry; Martin Clifford; the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; J Astley and P Astley; and various other historical figures…

2 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 4 Nov 1910

Smith writes on various subjects including: Anthony Fitzherbert’s ‘The Boke of Husbandry’; various other historical veterinary literature; Smith’s book collection; research into horse breeding during the reign of Henry IV;…

3 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 7 Nov 1910

Smith writes on various subjects including: researching historical sources at the Public Record Office; research into a horse census carried out in Britain during Napoleonic War; ‘The Veterinarian’ journal; portrait of Thomas Turner by H W Pickersgill in the RCVS Council Chamber;…

4 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 8 Nov 1910

Bullock writes on various research subjects including: portrait of Turner by H W Pickersgill in the RCVS Council Chamber; horse breeding legislation during the reign of Henry VIII; horse bread; musters; records of horses purchased for the King 1798 to 1800…

5 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 9 Nov 1910

Smith writes on various research subjects including: legislation during the reign of Henry VIII; research of sources taken from Berenger [presumably Richard Berenger]; horse bread; Thomas Blundeville’s writing…

6 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 10 Nov 1910

Bullock writes on various subjects including: the results of Bullock’s research into horse bread and Elizabethan horse supply, from sources including Thomas Blundeville and Charles Hamilton Smith.

7 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 11 Nov 1910

Bullock writes on various subjects including: researching Close Rolls at the Public Record Office; a paper by Mr Huband; Biblical references.Enclosures are mentioned…

8 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 11 Nov 1910

Smith writes on various research subjects including: horse legislation during the reign of Henry VII; purchase and trade of horses during the reigns of Charles II, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I;…

9 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 14 Nov 1910

Smith writes on various research subjects including: cavalry of the Spanish Armada; veterinary authors of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; plagiarism.

10 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 15 Nov 1910

Bullock writes on various research subjects including: horse breeding legislation during the reign of Henry VIII; cavalry during the reign of Elizabeth I. Enclosed is a typescript summary of two Acts of Henry VIII…