Letter to Philip Hitti from his brother (Joseph) Yusuf K. Hitti – 1940

Title
Letter to Philip Hitti from his brother (Joseph) Yusuf K. Hitti – 1940
 
Creators
Hitti, Yusuf
 
Contributors
Hitti, Philip (recipient)
Barakat, Sarah (transcription, translation)
 
Date
1940
 
Description

Letter to Philip Hitti (residing in Princeton, New Jersey) written by his brother (Joseph) Yusuf K. Hitti (residing in Beirut, Lebanon) written in 1940.

Geographic Locations
Continents: Asia :: North America
Countries: LEBANON :: UNITED STATES
States: New Jersey
Cities: Beirut :: Princeton

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شكرا زائدا على النسخة الثانية من كتابكم تاريخ الصب التي استلمتها البارح و حقا انني بحاجة لها لكون النسخة الاولى سائحة سابحة و محطها عند الصديق الدكتور خيرالله الذي يقرئها دائما و تعزيه كثيرا لانني اذكر بانني ذهبت لعنده ليلة وفاة اخيه المرحوم نجيب فوجدته فاتحا الكتاب و مكبا على قراءه و كل من يأتي طالب و راغب في قرائته آخرهم عيسى اسكندر المعلوف اما النسخة الجديدة فستبقى عندي في الخزانة قرب فراش النوم و سوف لا ادع احدا يمسها و ساطالعها مع جورجت بشوق. وصلني ايضا كتابك تاريخ٢٢ آب البارح مساءا و قرأنا اسمكم المشرف على النسخة الزنكوغرافية الماخوذة عن قائمة المعرض الامريكي فحقا انها فخمة. يؤلمك ان ثوف بان ابن الاخت مريم خليل قد قتل غدرا في شملان منذ اسبوعين و ذلك بانه تدخل بدون استعداد في شجار حصل بين اخيه الصغير سليم و شاب متشرد من شملان ابن نرسيل ابو شاكر اسمه كرم فناله جرح في اعلى فخذه الايمن قطع شريان رجله و مع ان الاهل حملوه لعاليه و ذهبت انا بالحال رفقة بعض الجراحين لعاليه فلم نتمكن من استعمال الوسائط اللازمة لانه كان قد فارق الحياة قبل وصوله لعاليه لان الضربة كانت قاضية بالنسبة لاهمية الشريان و كبر حجمه و لقد اتت هذه المصيبة الجدات علينا و على الاخت مريم و زوجها كالصاعقة لا سيما و انه كان عاقلا بعيدا عن الشرور و متزوجا اخت الصهر النجيب و له ولد عمره ثلثة اشهر و لكن الحكومة اهتمت كثيرا و القت القبض على الجاني الازعر و سينال بلا شك عقابه بدون شفقة و لقد توجهت مع الاهل و اولاد العم ثلاث مرات للجبل بقصد تخفيف المصيبة عن الاخت و اولادها و كل الاهل فوق بقربها مع قسم من اهل الجوار ابعد الله كوارث الزمان عنكم. منذ سنوات و المجلة الامريكية “The Journal of the American Medical Association” تأتيني كمشترك بصورة منتظمة و اشتراكي السنوي ينتهي باواخر شباط القادم و بما انه ليس بالامكان ارسل دراهم لتجديد الاشتراك عن السنة المقبلة فهل في ان ارجوكم بدفع قيمة الاشتراك عني ١١ دولارا عن سنة بدئها اواخر (ربما ٢١) شباط ١٩٤١ و تقيدوا القيمة لوفائها بعد نهاية الحرب مع العلم بات هذا التكليف لا يكلفكم” لبكة” او زيادة شغل على اشغالكم و هي ترسل لي على هذا العنوان Dr. J.K Hitti, Beirut, Syria و ما عنوان المجلة فهو . 535North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Ill لقد ارسل لك الدكتور خير الله نسخة من تقرير طبعه عن المستشفى الاهلي و عسى انكم تجدون فيه ما يلذ قرائته. سلم على ماري و فيولا, و جورجت و نها و ناديه و ليلى يقدمون معي محبتهم اليك. يوسف

Thank you so much for the second copy of your book that I received yesterday and I really needed it since the first copy is located with my friend Dr. Kheirallah that reads it all the time and means a lot to him. I remember going to him the night his brother passed away, the deceased Najib, and I found him with the book open and him deeply reading it, and anyone who passed by asked and longed to read it. The last person wanting to read the book was Eissa Eskandar El Maalouf. But the new edition will stay with me, in my dresser, near my bed and I will not let anyone touch it and I will look at it with Georgette with excitement. I also got your book dated 22nd of August yesterday evening and we read your honored name on the Alzenkograv copy that is taken from the American exhibition list, it really is something.
It hurts me to say that our sister Mariam’s son Khalil has been killed by being stabbed in Shamlan about 2 weeks ago when he intervened, without thinking, in a fight that was between his little brother Saleem and a homeless boy from Shamlan. The boy is the son of Abu Shaker, his name is Karam. Karam cut Khalil in his upper right thigh and cut his leg vein, and even though the family carried him to the hospital and I had the best surgeons with me, we couldn’t use the needed resources because by that time, he had already passed away before even getting to the hospital. The hit was deadly because of how important that vein is and how big it is. This crisis came upon us and on our sister Mariam and her husband like lightning. Because he was undoubtedly peaceful and stayed away from all bad things and was married to our brother in law Najib’s sister and has a 3 month old son. But the government took care of the situation and really helped with arresting the killer and he’s going to get his punishment undoubtedly without pity. I headed to the mountains 3 times with the family and cousins with the means of taking some pressure off of our sister and her kids and all of the family and some neighboring families are up in the mountains with her. May God take all the disasters away from you all.
For a few years now the American magazine “The Journal of the American Medical Association” has been mailed to me regularly and my yearly subscription ends at the end of next February and since I can’t send money to renew my subscription for next year, can you please pay for my subscription, 11 dollars. The beginning of the year is end of (maybe 21st) of February 1941. They kept the value of it after the end of the war against Science. I hope that this expense doesn’t cause you any trouble or add more work to your work. It gets sent to me at this address Dr. J.K. Hitti, Beirut, Syria. And this is the magazine’s address: 535 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Ill. Dr. Kheirallah has sent you a report of the Ahly Hospital and I hope you find something that interests you. Say hi to Mary and Viola. Georgette, Noha, Nadia, and Leila give you their love with me. Your brother, Yusuf

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