Wednesday, February 5, 2014

from "Among the Deep Sea Fishers" | April 1913

Items from the New England Grenfell Association

Because Dr. Grenfell is in charge of St. Anthony Hospital this winter, deep in surgical and medical work and the running of his various institutions, while the regular doctor at St. Anthony is having a much needed vacation, the Rev. Jesse Halsey, who has served as a helper at St. Anthony of four years, has been helping at this end of the line this winter by giving lectures with and without the lantern slides. Dr. Grenfell has so many responsibilities in the North that he can do nothing about raising money this winter at such along range and under such a handicap. Mr. Halsey has proved himself a real friend to the Mission and is an earnest man with long experience at St. Anthony. He has spoken at Dartmouth and Wellesley Colleges and before a few Men’s Clubs as well as the Women’s club in Dudham, Mass. He is available still by making appointments a few weeks in advance.

***A Labrador Doctor: The Autobiography of Wilfred Thomason Grenfell (Boston 1919)

*Presentation copy with original mounted photographs. Inscribed and signed by Grenfell on the half-title, with a mounted photograph of "The Doctor on board the `Stratheona,'" (caption in another hand). Also, inscribed on the front pastedown, "W. G. Brown, Christmas 1919, Best wishes, Jesse Halsey." 

Halsey was an associate of Grenfell's at the Deep Sea Mission, and inserted before the frontispiece of the book is a 4-page illustrated program for "Illustrated Lectures by Rev. Jesse Halsey" at The Players in Boston. 

Other original photographs mounted on the front endpaper and flyleaves, all captioned, include "Dr. Grenfell greeted by the school children in St. Anthony"; "Jesse Halsey, Labrador & Northern Newfoundland, 1909 to Nov. 1912." 

"The `Boss' and the `Gang' (Boxes of food & clothing from the `States' being unloaded by U.S. college students)"; "J.H. in Labrador `dickey,"; and "Tuckamore Croft - Charles Henry & Helen I. Halsey" (a woman with dog sled in front of house). 

Grenfell (1865-1940) was a noted English physician who had been the house surgeon at London Hospital and then in 1892 became a medical missionary and resident of Labrador, where he also founded hospitals and orphanages.

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