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 Particular topics discussed include: the works of Leonard Mascall and Gervase Markham; translations of historical documents; the library at the RCVS and Lambeth Palace; photographing documents to include in Smith’s publications; editing proofs of Smith’s articles; the World War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.
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