MC:F57/MS1 Papers relating to J. M. Thompson (Fellow 1904-38)
Reverend James Thompson (1878-1956) became a Scholar of Christ Church, Oxford in 1897 and received a Second Class in Honour Moderations in Greek and Latin Literature, a First Class in Literae Humaniores, and a Second Class in Theology. After his ordination he worked at the Christ Church Mission in Poplar, East London. He was elected a Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen College from 1904-38 and Dean of Divinity from 1905-15. He is best known for his work Miracles in the New Testament published in 1911 that contested the evidence of miracles including the virgin birth and resurrection. Thompson was affectionately known in the College as “Thompie”. Thompson’s own papers can be found in MC:F37 and can be found here.
A folder of five documents inscribed “papers relating to The Rev. J. M. Thompson “Thompie”, Dean of Div[inity]”. The five documents are as follows:
 – typed text about a house in Hanover Square, London, attributed to Mary Paget, possibly a relation of Thompson;
 – typed personal accounts of contemporary events attributed to Catherine Thompson, Thompson’s mother. The note on provenance is probably written by Mari Thompson (Thompson’s wife);
 – the Diary of “The Rev. J. M. Thompson during a stay at Christ Church Mission, Poplar, October-November, 1902”;
 – a letter from Mari Thompson to Adams, containing a second letter addressed to Thompson from Mr. Clayton (Chaplain & Fellows’ Chaplain) thanking the Senior Common Room for his election as a member of their society;
 – a printed text of the text entitled “Are miracles an aid to faith?” presented by Thompson to the Liberal Christian League in King’s Weigh house Church, October 21, 1913. The article is from the Supplement to the Christian Commonwealth, November 12th, 1913).
Photocopied biographical article entitled “Reverend James Matthew Thompson 1878-1956” written by A. Goodwin. The article includes a portrait photograph of Thompson.
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