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Category: 08 – Correspondence sent and received in 1917

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 from the 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 Particular topics discussed include: the works of Leonard Mascall and Gervase Markham; translations of historical documents; the library at the RCVS, the British Museum and Public Record Office; photographing documents to include in Smith’s publications; editing proofs of Smith’s articles; the World War [1914-1918], and Bullock’s appeal for exemption; and personal matters including the birth of Bullock’s son Wilfred and Smith donating books and notes to the RCVS.

1 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 7 Jan 1917

Smith writes to send his subscription to the funds of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He also mentions notes about Markham, with questions for Bullock to answer,…

2 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 9 Jan 1917

Smith writes regarding the works of Grosart[?] and Markham at the Company of Stationers[?]. He also gives a list of books he is offering to the Library of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

3 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 22 Jan 1917

Smith writes regarding proofs of his latest article, which he is sending Bullock to check. He also mentions a new order regarding men over 31 joining military service for the war effort…

4 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 26 Jan 1917

Smith writes regarding research into Goodwin or Godwin, and also mentions that he is sending some books and copies of his published works to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Library…

5 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 28 Jan 1917

Smith writes to thank Bullock for correcting his proofs, and writes about his regret for his errors and ‘bad English’. He also mentions the wait for a negative of the Markham signature photograph,…

6 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 2 Feb 1917

Smith writes to congratulate Bullock on the birth of his son [Wilfred], and compares the difficulties of raising boys and girls.

7 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 10 Feb 1917

Smith writes regarding the sending of books and apparatus to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Library, and asks Bullock to compare Heusinger and Fleming’s ‘Animal Plagues’….

8 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 17 Feb 1917

Smith writes regarding his donation of books to the Library of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He asks Bullock for a copy of the British Medical Journal, which contains an article he wants, and to check details of a book by Thomas De Gray…

9 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 5 Mar 1917

Smith writes about various subjects including: adding to and amending his articles, from Bullock’s comments; the knowledge of [J L de] Solleysel;…

10 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 11 Mar 1917

Smith writes to thank Bullock for returning corrected proofs. He writes about sending books, pamphlets and manuscript notes to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, including his notebook from when we was a student at the Royal Veterinary College,…