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Category: 10 – Correspondence sent and received in 1919

Letters between Frederick Smith and Fred Bullock, Secretary of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons [RCVS]. The main subject of discussion is research carried out by Smith, with Bullock’s assistance, regarding manuscript and literary sources of veterinary anatomy and physiology. At this time, Smith is about to publish the first volume of ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’ as a book, and preparing and rewriting the fifth edition of his book ‘A Manual of Veterinary Physiology’. Fred Bullock assists Smith with locating and translating sources, writing to individuals on Smith’s behalf, and proofreading. Bullock’s wife Janet is also recruited by Smith to translate the veterinary works of Chiron, and then also to help proofread the new edition of ‘Veterinary Physiology’. A letter from Janet to Smith is included, and some of the topics of conversation between Smith and both correspondents become more personal and familiar. Particular topics discussed include: Smith looking for a new place to live, and moving to St Leonards in East Sussex; Fred and Janet Bullock’s son, Wilfred; difficulties with Smith’s publishers Bailliere, Tindall & Cox, and H & W Brown; sending copies of Smith’s ‘Veterinary History of the War in South Africa’ to newspapers to be reviewed; Fred Bullock applying for the post of Assistant Secretary at the Royal Society.

1 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 10 Mar 1919

Smith writes regarding his search for a new place to live, discussing various places in Sussex, including Reigate, Horsham and Crowborough. He also asks Bullock to look for Professor Haycroft’s papers in the Journal of Physiology…

2 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 12 Mar 1919

Smith writes thanking Bullock for his notes on Reigate and Horsham in Sussex. He also asks Bullock to send him references for works in the British Museum, for him to consult at a later date, including the ‘British Medical Journal’, ‘Brain’ journal, ‘Hindu Achievements in Exact Science’ by B K Sarkar, ‘Studies in Literature’ by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, and poems by Reverend Watkins-Pitchford…

3 – Copy letter to Dr Nicola Checcia [Checchia] from Fred Bullock, 13 Mar 1919

This letter is in French, and was presumably sent to Smith for his reference. The accompanying letter from Bullock to Smith has not been located.

4 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 16 Mar 1919

Smith writes regarding the horse in the Parthenon marble frieze, and various methods of horse riding. He thanks Bullock for telling him about Mr Howard of Dorking, [Surrey]. Smith also mentions looking at sources including an article by [Sir Thomas] Clifford Allbutt and works by Watkins-Pitchford…

5 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 20 Mar 1919

Smith writes about various subjects including: translation of Chiron; German translation; Smith’s Dervish scabbard; checking the preface to the book version of ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’…

6 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 22 Mar 1919

Bullock writes regarding the preface to Smith’s ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’ book, and translation of Chiron by himself and his wife Janet.

7 – Translation of letter from Nicola Checchia, 24 Mar 1919

Checchia writes regarding the work of Columbre, ‘L’opera de manischalcia’, and his own work[?] ‘Psychology of Animals’. This is a translation into English by Fred Bullock. The original was not located at time of cataloguing.

8 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 20 May 1919

Smith writes to ask Bullock to send enclosed sheets to various institutions and individuals, including British Museum, Library of the Royal Society, Bodleian Library Oxford, University Libary Cambridge, University Library Edinburgh, Trinity College Library Dublin, Sir Clifford Allbutt, Sir William Osler, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons…

9 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 26 May 1919

Smith writes about various subjects including: sheets to be sent to Leon Moule; Smith moving house; Bullock’s son being ill; translation of Chiron, its relation to Vegetius, and possibility of it being published by the Royal Society of Medicine;…

10 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 23 Jun 1919

Smith writes regarding sending a letter to Leon Moule, for Bullock to translate. He also mentions visiting Bullock in the near future.