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V. E. SORAPURE LG 
M.B.,Cu.B., F.R.C.S.,(Eoin.) 


106 CENTRAL PARK WEST 
TELEPHONE, COLUMBUS 3650 New YorK 


EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY CLUB OF NORTH AMERICA 


CONSULTATION 
BY APPOINTMENT 


August 22nd.1914 


Dear Sir:- 

Mr James Kendall having sailed for Europe I have been 
asked to assume his secretarial work and tell of the progress we 
have made to the present time. Last Saturday we heard by cable 
that the War Office was unable to accept our unit at present. 

On Monday, Mr.Kendall went to Ottawa and saw Mr. Borden 
and other Ministers; from them he learned that the Canadian 
Government had applications for more than twice the number of men 
needed,so they could not accept our unit. 

Dr. Maloney and Mr. Kendall then sailed for England, 
with the intention of going to the Front in any event,but before 
doing so,they will endeavor to place our unit and will cable to 
me as soon as the matter is settled one way or another. 

We learned from the Canadian Officials,however,that 
there is urgent need of dressings for the wounded,so it is sug- 
gested that we send over $500.00 worth (or even more,if the idea 
meets with general approval and sufficient support) of absorbent 
gauze pads,sterilized,compressed and packed in small waterproof 
wrapping,ready for use on the firing line. | 

If you have already subscribed and do not approve this 
step please let me know and your subscription will not be applied 
to this purpose,but will,in the event of our final failure to 
place the unit be returned to you. 

If you have not already subscribed,and wish to do so, 
please say if you approve this plan or if you wish your subscript- 
ion to be reserved for the single purpose of sending over the unit. 

The subscriptions already pledged amount to $1000.00 

The following members of the Club have already volun- 
teered for Service:- Dr. WedJeMaloney and Mr.James Kendall who have 
sailed. 

Dr.Thomas Addis, San Francisco; Dr.Andrew Croll,Saskatoon; 
Dr.J.Ferris,New York; Dr. Charles N.Cobbett, Edmonton, Alberta; 
Dr.David K.Henderson, Johns Hopkins; Dr. John Hewatt, North Adams; 
Mass.; Mr.S.Knight, Barbadoes, B.W.I. 

Will you please let me hear from you at your very earliest 
convenience, 


Cordially Yours, 


Loans 


Acting Hon.Sec, 


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Dr. Vi. &. Sorapure, September Lith, 1914 
LOo Central Fark West, 
New York. 
Dear Sir’: 

IT have just returned from the Ola Country and find Dr. Naloney's 
telegrar and your letter aealing with the avestion of raising ana the eauvipment 
of a hospital unit for fiela service by Fainburgh University graduates of 
North America. ‘T do not need to assure you that ‘I am in heartiest syrpathy 
with anything that we can do to help the frpire at this time and T am very 
much pleased that the Fainburgh Univereity Clue tis taking the matter ur. 

‘It seers to - however that what ‘is done might te best accomplished through 
the members of the Club who -hive ‘in the United States, as it way be their 
chief opportunity of nelping the #rpire in this time of orc In Canada 
we are so intimately associated with the deneral preparations of Britain that 


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it would be necessary for us to throw ‘in our contributions, wnich are hikely 
to be many and varied, with the different relief organisations that have 
already been arranged for or are likely to be provited in the near future 
That would ean, thereforel, I should think that the contributions from 
Edinburgh graduates ‘in Canada woula have to be very small. T shall be 


glad to hear from you at your convenience. 


Yours sincerely, 


Fresident.