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Category: 05 – Correspondence sent and received in 1914

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 and biography during the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. At this time, Smith has two regular series of articles appearing in print: ‘Veterinary History of the War in South Africa’ published in ‘Veterinary Record’; and ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’ published in ‘Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics’. Particular topics discussed include: manuscripts held by the British Museum, include the Sloane collection; the collections in the Library of the RCVS and the Royal Veterinary College; interpretation and translation of historical works by authors including Blundeville and Leonard Mascall; plagiarism by veterinary authors; communication with individuals such as Dr A S Lea, Leon Moule and Lieutenant Colonel Lupinacci; arranging for photography of manuscripts; reviews of and issues relating to Smith’s publications; and personal matters such as Smith’s ill health. Smith returned to the Army Veterinary Service upon the outbreak of the First World War [World War, 1914-1918], but there is very little mention of this in the letters.

11 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 17 Feb 1914

Smith writes to thank Bullock for notes and translations, and apologises for extra work whilst he is in ill health.

12 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 18 Feb 1914

Smith writes about various research subjects including: Moule’s comments on works by Corte regarding the horse; Corte in the employ of Queen Elizabeth I; date of Blundeville’s death. Smith mentions that he is still in…

13 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 19 Feb 1914

Bullock writes about the results of his research into the work of Corte, and the dates of Blundeville. Attached are manuscript notes on the subjects, using sources including T Bedingfield. Translations of works by Grisone…

14 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 19 Feb 1914

Smith writes about various subjects including: his ill health; sourcing a quote by Blundeville regarding nightmares.

15 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 21 Feb 1914

Smith writes to thank Bullock for identifying the author of the Blundeville quote in the previous letter [Reginald Scot?]. Smith also mentions the work of Mascall, and comparing the Sloane manuscript 686 and Trinity…

16 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 23 Feb 1914

Bullock writes about comparing the Sloane manuscript 686 and Trinity College Cambridge book of ‘Mediciues for Horses’, and the origin of the work. On the reverse are several manuscript annotations in Smith’s…

17 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 24 Feb 1914

Smith writes about various research subjects including: Scacco on Cardinal Spinola; Blundeville on the wasting of the liver; Caracciolo’s ‘The Glory of the Horse’ and Sloane manuscript 686. Smith also mentions his health…

18 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 3 Mar 1914

Smith writes about various research subjects including: consulting works at the library of the Royal Veterinary College including Berenger, William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle’s ‘A New Method, and Extraordinary…

19 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 5 Mar 1914

Smith writes to thank Bullock for forwarding letters from Reverend E K Long and Mr Quinton regarding Blundeville’s tomb, and date of his death.

20 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 5 Mar 1914

Smith writes to ask Bullock to pass on a message of thanks to Reverend E K Long and Mr Quinton, and mention the publication of the ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’ articles. Smith also asks Bullock to check the…