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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.

1 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 5 Jan 1914

Smith writes to ask Bullock to search for ‘Properties and Medeycines for a Horse’ in the catalogues of the London Library, the Royal Institution and the Antiquary Society. He mentions that he is also considering sending…

2 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 25 Jan 1914

Smith writes to thank Bullock for his notes regarding a manuscript held at Trinity College [Cambridge?], and that he may get a photograph of it. Smith also says that he has given up his search for ‘Properties and Medeycines…

3 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 28 Jan 1914

Smith writes about the effects of bringing surplus Remount horses back to Great Britain after the end of the War in South Africa [Second Anglo-Boer War]. He is searching for sources about the decision not to consult…

4 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 30 Jan 1914

Smith writes to ask Bullock to research several sources in the British Museum including works by Thomas Garzoni, F Grisone, Pignatelli, Scacco and Petrus Naaldwyck.

5 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 3 Feb 1914

Smith writes about various research subjects including works by, and information about, Fiaschi, Blundeville, Konrad Gesner, Petrus Naaldwyck, and Scacco. Smith also writes about the typesetting of the pamphlet copies…

6 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 6 Feb 1914

Smith writes with various questions and requests of Bullock including: information about [Claudio] Corte; the dates of various titles held in the Library of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; French translations of…

7 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 10 Feb 1914

Smith writes to ask Bullock to arrange to view some manuscripts [not named], and write extracts from them. Smith mentions that he is confined to his bed due to ill health.

8 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 11 Feb [1914]

Smith writes to thank Bullock for notes from Sloane manuscripts [at the British Museum], and will send them to Dr A S Lea for comparison at Cambridge. Smith also mentions Grisone, and his absence from history…

9 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 13 Feb 1914

Smith writes about various subjects including: sending copies of his articles to Sir William Osler, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, and President of the Historical Section of the Medical Society; the work of Corte…

10 – Letter to Fred Bullock from Frederick Smith, 15 Feb 1914

Smith writes that he is still confined to bed, due to ill health. He asks Bullock to write to Moule on his behalf regarding exchange of articles and an introduction to an Italian officer. Smith also asks Bullock to contact…