CUSHING, HARVEY. (1869-1939). Pioneering neurosurgeon, bibliophile and biographer of William Osler. TLS. (“Harvey Cushing”). 2pp. 8vo. Boston, July 8, 1932. To fellow Cleveland native HELEN HAY WHITNEY (1875-1944), American poet, socialite, philanthropist, and daughter of John Hay, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln and McKinley’s secretary of state. Written on his Peter Bent Brigham Hospital stationery.
“Forget you! Gracious, how could you suggest such a thing? I would simply love to see your mother’s autograph album and am filled with pride at the thought that you would like to have a sample of my peculiar script added to it. It is so illegible that I do not venture to answer your note other than by this dictation, which I trust you will forgive. I am sorry you are having trouble with your eyes, but what tropic eyes may be, unless heliotropic, I am at a loss to know. Kate will rejoice in your message. She has just left to pay some visits in your part of the world and I know would love to see you…”