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Category: 03 – Correspondence sent and received in 1912

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 history during the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is presumably leading towards Smith’s publication of ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’ in 1913. Particular topics of interest are: manuscript sources held at the British Museum, and catalogues of collections at other institutions such as the Bibliotheque National in Paris, France; ancient veterinary and medical documents from Egyptian, Greek and Byzantine empires, and more recent translations; veterinary education, and a paper on the subject being prepared by Smith to deliver at the meeting of the National Veterinary Association; the publication of Smith’s ‘Veterinary History of War in South Africa’ in the journal ‘Veterinary Record’; matters relating to the RCVS and its library.

1 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 3 Mar 1912

Smith writes about his successful research and how he will continue at the British Museum. This letter is written in pencil, and so is possibly a draft.

2 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 14 Mar 1912

Smith writes about various historical veterinary literature sources, including Aristotle, Gryneus’ ‘Hippiatrica’, Niclas’ ‘Geoponica’, and Baranski’s ‘Thiermedicin im Alterthum’. Smith asks Bullock to locate in the British Museum …

3 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 15 Mar 1912

Bullock writes about the results of his research at the British Museum, on behalf of Smith, referring to Grynaeus’ ‘Hippiatrica’, ‘Geoponica’ and Baranski’s works…

4 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 16 Mar 1912

Bullock writes about works by Baranski found in the RCVS Library.

5 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 17 Mar 1912

Smith writes about various research subjects including: the translaton of ‘Geoponica’ by Thomas Owen; the translation of works by Mago by Dionysius; the writing of Baranski, Hippocrates, Ruellius and Postolka…

6 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 18 Mar 1912

Bullock writes about the results of his research on behalf of Smith, mentioning Hippocrates, Apsyrtus, Ruellius and George Fleming’s notes on Mascall…

7 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 19 Mar 1912

Smith writes about various research subjects including: books held at the Royal Veterinary College; Schrader-Hering’s ‘Biographisch-literarisches lexicon’; the work of Ruellius; Egyptian; Byzantine and Greek Literature;…

8 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 20 Mar 1912

Smith writes on various subjects including: consulting Thomas Owen’s translation of ‘Geoponica’; the Royal Veterinary College collection of Mascall works; writing a paper on veterinary education ….

9 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 21 Mar 1912

Smith writes to request Bullock send a letter to various individuals, including Professor M’Fadyean and Dr Alois Koch of Vienna…

10 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 22 Mar 1912

Bullock writes about information he has found regarding Mascall, as mentioned in Ercolani’s history of veterinary writers, and its subsequent misunderstanding by George Fleming, Heusinger, and Bracy Clark…