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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.

21 – Partial letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 6 [Mar] 1914

Bullock writes that he has contacted Reverend E K Long and Mr Quinton, and offered to pay the latter for a photograph of Blundeville’s signature. He also mentions that he cannot find Davy’s Suffolk Collection but has…

22 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 8 Mar 1914

Smith writes to thank Bullock for sending a letter to Italy [presumably Lieutenant Colonel Lupinacci]. Smith also mentions the similarity between Blundeville’s and Fiaschi’s figures of horseshoes, and the work of Jasper…

23 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 15 Mar 1914

Smith writes to ask Bullock to help him compose a reply to Lieutenant Colonel Lupinacci regarding dates for F Grisone and Coates. He also asks if any communication has come from Norwich…

24 – Draft letter to Colonel Lupinacci from Frederick Smith, as written by Fred Bullock, [Mar 1914]

This is a draft letter composed to Lieutenant Colonel Lupinacci, by Fred Bullock, on behalf of Frederick Smith. Smith is asking for the dates of F Grisone and Claudio Corte.

25 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 23 Mar 1914

Smith writes to ask Bullock to send a letter to Rome [presumably to Lieutenant Colonel Lupinacci], and to verify a reference to a Barnaby Googe work held in the British Museum. Smith mentions that he has still not heard

26 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 5 Apr 1914

Smith writes about various subjects including: asking for information from Lupinacci; asking Moule about Ruini; purchasing a camera; the Congress badge; finding ‘Properties and Medeycines for a Horse’ in the library of…

27 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 7 Apr 1914

Smith writes about various subjects including: purchasing a lens for a camera; the latest issue of Smith’s ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’; waiting for more information about Blundeville from Norwich [presumably…

28 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 21 Apr 1914

Smith writes about various research subjects including: the works of Ruini, in writing by Sampson Gamgee, Ercolani, and Francini; locating Hutchinson’s ‘Horse Immunity'[?]; Casaubon and Vespasian

29 – Postcard to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 22 Apr 1914

Bullock writes with the results of his research into Sampson Gamgee’s writing on Ercolani and Ruini. Bullock writes that he will translate Ercolani’s work on Ruini, specifically relating to the heart and circulation…

30 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 1 May 1914

Bullock writes regarding his translation of Ercolani’s writing on Ruini. The translation is attached, and the subject of Ruini’s work is anatomy. Bullock mentions that Dr A S Lea is also providing a translation of a different…