W1354 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his friend J.H. Whittemore
May 5 1872
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten
From: Vienna, Austria
My dear Mac,
I have just had an idea and hasten to put it on paper. I am not going to write you a long letter of what we are doing and seeing here and shall only mention that Moody punches eyes, boxes ears, plays in piddle and drinks beer. While I look at eyes, see women, pigs, and examine bad brains, piddle and drink beer.
We leave here from the first to 10th of July en route for London, where we hope to arrive Aug. 1st and spend some time there. Now comes the idea. Why won't you come out and join us. We intend to study in London, visit hospitals etc., and we learn that London is as good as any. You would profit more by so doing than by coming to
Germany for six months.
We shall remain there two months and if you come perhaps longer. Please let me know how this strikes you. I want to see you awfully, and we have a bully pipe that needs coloring.1 Vienna is a nice town and lots of sick material, but they do butcher it fearfully, and rough is a mild term to use when you speak of some of their treatment towards patients. The city is fine and showy women and gay men prominent. We are having quite warm weather.
I have not time to write more and pen this at once so that you will have time to decide. Write me care of Baring Bros. and Co. London as my letters come quicker by that route. Moody is very much better since his visit up Vesuvius but it was hard on the mountain and it has been sick and vomiting ever since [sic].
Now my dear fellow come out. I have a place in London to live where my friends Dr. and Mrs. Tyler lived, a nice place. Oh! won't we have a good time, Roast, beer, mutton chops and beer [sic]. Can you resist?
Moody sends an echo of the above and we have great expectations.
P.S. Write me at once here, direct to Barings, London, as I have before directed.2
1 This likely a reference to the Meershaum pipe. "Meerschaum is a very rare mineral, a kind of hard white clay. Light and porous structure of the pipe keeps the smoke cool and soft. The pipe itself is a natural filter which absorbs the nicotine. Because of this peculiarity, meerschaum pipes slowly change their colors to different tones of gold and dark brown. This adds an esthetic enjoyment to its great smoking pleasure. The longer a pipe is smoked the more valuable it becomes due to the color change. Today many old and rare meerschaums have found a permanent place in museums and private collections."
2 J.H. Whittemore and Moody are Calvin's fellow medical students who are studying medicine abroad. Dr. Whittemore and a mutual friend, Dr. George O. Moody, wrote several letters to Dr. Calvin Brooks from Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, London and Boston, where they were studying medicine in 1871-72 and 1877. They described their travels and studies in the various medical centres in Europe and encouraged Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten to join them, but he did not do so (W1256, W1321, W1327, W1333, W1336, W1337, W1344, W1348, W1354, W1486). For the Whittemore family, see W4815.