WILLIAM H. WELCH The physician's handwritten thanks to a New York Times journalist who wrote a complimentary article and penned a sketch of him Autograph Letter Signed: "William H. Welch", 4 pages (integral leaf), 4½x6¾. New York, 1930 April 6.

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The physician's handwritten thanks to a New York Times journalist who wrote a complimentary article and penned a sketch of him
Autograph Letter Signed: "William H. Welch", 4 pages (integral leaf), 4½x6¾. New York, 1930 April 6. On letterhead of The University Club to "My dear Mr. Woolf". In full: "I chance to be in New York when your article about me appears in to-day's N.Y. Times. I cannot begin to tell you how fine the article seems to me to be and how grateful I am to you. Your cleverness and artistry with the pen in writing rival your skill with the pencil in drawing my portrait. With both I am delighted. I fear that the etching portrait by Mr. Hutty, the presentation of which by President Hoover, is the immediate occasion of the ceremony on Tuesday, may suffer in comparison with your drawing, which seems to me quite wonderful. I was at first at a loss to know where you got all that information which you put in my mouth quite correctly about contagion and miasm, the history of bacteriology, etc. etc., until I recall that I gave you some reprints. which happened to front hand. I recall that I picked these up because they happened to be at hand, and it is fortunate that I did so, for you got very little information on these matters from me in our conversation. I was as much interested in you as you could have been in me, and I realize that you had difficulty in pinning me down to talking on the subjects which you had in mind. It gave me great pleasure to sit to you, and, as I have written you, I am delighted to have those photographs of the drawing which you kindly sent me. If it is not asking too much could you order 75 copies of the magazine containing your article to be sent to me with the bill addressed 'Welch Medical Library', 1900 E. Monument Street, Baltimore.' If this is not in your line to do, I shall ask Mr. Shuler, the Assistant librarian, to order them. There is nothing which I would change in your article. It is not sloppy and vague eulogy, but really discriminating and you have placed the emphasis where I like to think it should be placed. With cordial regards and many thanks, I am, Very sincerely yours," WILLIAM HENRY WELCH (1850-1934), an internationally respected medical scientist, was considered to be the "Dean of American Medicine". At the time of this letter, he was Professor of the History of Medicine (1926-1930) at Johns Hopkins University, where he had previously served as Professor of Pathology (1884-1916), Dean of the Medical Faculty (1893-1898) and Director of the School of Hygiene (1916-1926), and Chairman of the Board of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University), on which he had served since 1901. The pathologist, who is credited with introducing laboratory methods of instruction (at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, 1879-1884), was a leading researcher in the fields of immunity and in the diseases of diphtheria, pneumonia and the Welch bacillus of gas gangrene. Hutty was American painter ALFRED HEBER HUTTY (1877-1954). A 1930 etching by Hutty and a photograph of a 1930 drawing (mentioned in this letter) by S. WOOLF are held in the William H. Welch collection, Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, Johns Hopkins University. Lightly creased, with folds, not at signature. Nicked at lower blank edge at mid-vertical fold. Lightly soiled, light show through of ink. Overall, fine condition.

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