Writings
Dr Oldfield published a book on average every two years, during the twentieth century.
We will be reproducing many of his shorter articles as they become available.
The Trials of a Vegetarian (The Vegetarian Messenger Jan 1890)
A New Beginning ( The Vegetarian Messenger Jan 1893)
Thus Far ( The Vegetarian Messenger Jan 1894)
A Vegetarian Hospital ( The Vegetarian Messenger March 1896)
Bermondsey Vegetarian Society ( The Vegetarian Feb 1897)
(The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review Nov 1898)
Will you come and walk with me (The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review Oct 1947)
Christmas Feasting (The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review Dec 1940)
WHAT A DOG SAID TO ME
Writing from Salzburg, Dr. Josiah Oldfield, says: "I was taking an early morning Sunday stroll down the streets of Cologne.
The scarlet and white flags, with their great black Swastikas, were boasting of violence and war as they hung out from every window.
Recalling the bitter days of the Occupation time, I felt how impossible it was to get into touch, in either mind or thought, with the crowds that were out on the streets.
Suddenly, as I walked on in a mood of sadness, I felt a soft, cool touch of something pressing under my arm into the palm of my hand and pushing my hand out of my pocket.
Startled by this curious sudden intrusion I looked round to see what it was.
It was a great Alsation, full of grace and beauty, that had silently stolen behind me and had said, in the language of brotherhood: "Do not be sad, I am your friend, we two are brothers at heart."
I returned his caress, in the language which every dog understands, and my remembrance now of Cologne is not that of a city of Swastika dominance, but of the universal brotherhood of kindliness."
The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review
December 1936.
Dr. Oldfield letter of congratulation to The Vegetarian Society on their 90th Anniversary.
"I should like to send to your committee and Society my congratulations upon a most important event.
The point that has impressed me has been the sanity of your committee, their abstinence from all faddisms and their refusal to be swayed by passing fashions in diet which have from time to time strayed accross the path of food reform.
Your Society has been a steady beacon of light and, whatever the future may have in store, much of the progress of thought on right living is due to its teaching."
The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review
October 1937.
A letter from The Vegetarian Messenger and Health Review of September 1951:
General Booth
I read with very great interest your article on General Booth, and congratulate you on producing such a wonderful portrait of this great fiery Saint. The last time I had the pleasure of meeting him was at Oxford, where it was part of my privilege to meet those distinguished people to whom the University was honouring with a Degree of D.C.L.
I remember we met in Magdalen College Hall to partake of that delightful Nature Food repast provided under the will of Lord Crewe, Lord Bishop of Durham. Over plates of strawberries and cream, peaches, cake and bread and butter, with vintage wine and fruit drinks we chatted together in that beautiful College Hall, and while General Booth and I were talking, he proclaimed in his loud voice, so that in that quiet assembly, with its reverent religious members setting the example of deference and decorum, his voice rang out like a trumpet - "You, Oldfield and I, are the only two here who know how to praise God by Fasting" and when the obsequious waiter said - gently - as he offered to the General a tray "Would you like White Wine, sir, or Red," the General snorted and said - "Wine, wine, wine, no, take it to the Devil." The Oxford waiter in obedience to his training gently replied - "Pardon me sir, but would you show me the way."
I meet many distinguished people at Encaenia every June but of all I have met I think that General Booth and Mark Twain were the two whose personalities impressed me most when we chatted together and both lived on "The kindly fruits of the earth."
Reproduced with the kind permission of the Vegetarian Society

Vegetarian Society: News item (June 1903)

Dr. Oldfield, on being summoned before the Bromley Bench for not having had his two children vaccinated, advanced as one of his reasons that his children were of a fruitarian stock, and that to introduce the blood of a cow direct into the blood of these children would be tending to lower the sanctity of the blood stream of the human race. The Chairman ruled that Dr. Oldfield's objections were not so much "reasonable grounds" as conscientious objections, which Dr. Oldfield should have urged before the children were four months old. Dr. Oldfield was convicted in both cases, and fines and costs of nearly £5 were imposed.

The Vegetarian Messenger, June 1903

Open Library charts Josiah Oldfield publications

A Changing World (World Forum, Winter 1952)