Fonds P153 - John Henry Wye Fonds

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John Henry Wye Fonds

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  • 1888-1891 (Creation)
    Wye, John Henry

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32 cm of textual records.

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(active 1868-1891)

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John Henry Wye graduated with a degree in medicine from McGill University in 1868. He later served as ship's doctor on board the Allan Line's steamer, "S.S. Pomeranian," making five transatlantic crossings between London and Montreal. Aboard this and other ships, Wye also traveled to the Far East and the East Indies. He registered his medical practice in England as of 1875, where he likely spent the rest of his days.

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Purchased by the Osler Library from dealer. The diaries originally came from the estate of the descendants of Canadian painter, Robert Whale (there is no physical evidence in the diaries to connect John Henry Wye with Robert Whale).

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The fonds contains four original manuscript diaries (1 per calendar year), from 1889 to 1991 (transatlantic) with original watercolor drawings by John Henry Wye, Allan Line ship’s surgeon.

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at Advance notice is recommended.

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None of the diaries are signed, however, on the verso of leaf 64 of the 1889 diary, Wye talks of getting his business cards and copies out the text of one into the diary. It reads: “John H. Wye, M.D. C.M. Montreal. L.S.A. London. 12A Praed St. W. Advice Free. Dispensing Hours. Before 12 & After 6.” In an additional entry on the verso of leaf 49 in the 1890 diary, Wye identifies himself as “John Henry Wye.”

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