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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.

31 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 5 May 1914

Smith writes to arrange to meet Bullock for assistance with interpreting a book. Smith mentions that the Schrader-Hering book ‘Biographisch-literarisches lexicon’ agrees with Francini and argues against Ruini on an…

32 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 2 Sep 1914

Smith writes to ask Bullock to clarify some references to [Leonard] Mascall in the works of Richard Ruscam and Ames[?]

33 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 5 Sep 1914

Bullock writes to answer Smith’s questions regarding Richard Ruscam and Ames’ writing about [Leonard] Mascall. Attached are Bullock’s manuscript notes regarding Ames’ writing. Bullock also mentions that Smith is…

34 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 6 Sep [1914]

Smith writes regarding mentions of [Leonard] Mascall as Chief Farrier in various editions of his work ‘First Booke of Cattel’, and Ercolani’s mention of Mascall. Smith also writes about his workload since rejoining the Army…

35 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 11 Sep 1914

Smith writes to thank Bullock for notes, and asks him to contact Dr A S Lea regarding correct references for manuscripts held at the British Museum by Fayser and Astley. He also asks Bullock to look up Barnaby Googe.

36 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 16 Sep [1914]

Smith writes regarding research into Leonard Mascall, his descendants, and references to him by George Fleming and the Dictionary of National Biography.

37 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 6 Oct 1914

Smith writes regarding a missing volume of the ‘Veterinarian’ journal, which he is sure he does not have. Smith also mentions Dr A S Lea, and asks Bullock to translate a letter from him to Leon Moule…

38 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 7 Oct 1914

Bullock writes regarding research into the Mareshall family, Earl of Pembroke and Marshal family. He mentions quotes from William Shakespeare’s plays ‘King John’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice’. He also mentions Leon…

39 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 2 Nov 1914

Smith writes to ask Bullock to verify dates and British Museum references for a number of works, by authors including Ruini, Francini, J Jourdain, John Sadler of Oundle and Richard Sadler. Smith also asks for more…

40 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 20 Nov 1914

Smith writes regarding a letter from Leon Moule, and mentions Lieutenant Colonel Lupinacci, the Bibliotheque Nationale in France and Blundeville.