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Category: 07 – Correspondence sent and received in 1916

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, a series of articles by Smith titled ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’ were being regularly published in ‘Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics’. Particular topics discussed include: the works of Leonard Mascall and Gervase Markham; translations of historical documents; the library at the RCVS and Lambeth Palace; photographing documents to include in Smith’s publications; editing proofs of Smith’s articles; the World War [1914-1918], Smith’s retirement from the Army Veterinary Service, and Bullock’s appeal for exemption; and personal matters including Bullock’s engagement and marriage to Janet Lindsay and Smith sorting his papers and belongings.

1 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 17 Jan 1916

Bullock writes with information about buildings damaged in London by bombs during air raids by German Zeppelins in September 1915. He encloses typescript notes made in September 1915. He also mentions research…

2 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 5 Mar 1916

Smith writes regarding Bullock’s recent announcement [presumably engagement?]. He also mentions a subscription to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon fund, and asking Lady Markham for permission to…

3 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 31 Mar [1916]

Smith writes regarding payment for Dr A S Lea’s funeral wreath, and other expenses paid out by Bullock. He also mentions asking for a memento of Dr Lea from his possessions.

4 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 9 Apr 1916

Smith writes to thank Bullock for arranging prints of a portrait of Gervase Markham. He also mentions proofs of his publications ‘Early History of Veterinary Literature’ and ‘Veterinary History of the War in South Africa’…

5 – Letter to Frederick Smith from Fred Bullock, 11 Apr 1916

Bullock writes about various subjects including: prints of portrait of Gervase Markham; proofs of Smith’s publications found amongst the papers of the late Dr A S Lea; the works of Reverend Stopford A Brooke…

6 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 7 May 1916

Smith writes to inform Bullock that he will soon be reverting to Retired Pay and leave the service. He gives a new contact address in Salisbury, and says he is looking for new employment which will help the War effort.

7 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 21 May 1916

Smith writes to inform Bullock that he has found work volunteering in the manufacture of munitions, and will move to London. He also writes about Susan, Duchess of Somerset and her complaints about neglect of…

8 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 4 Oct 1916

Smith writes regarding the work of [Delabere] Blaine, and informs Bullock that he is moving to London, and his volunteer work is no longer required. He also offers issues of the ‘Journal of Physiology’ and other textbooks…

9 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 11 Oct 1916

Smith writes regarding sorting his books and papers, and sending material to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Library. He mentions that he might burn some of his personal papers, and offers Bullock an…

10 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 13 Oct 1916

Smith writes regarding the sorting of his papers for destruction, including research notes and experiment data for his paper ‘The Chemistry of Respiration in the Horse during Rest and Work’. He mentions that the portrait…