MC:P219/C1 Photocopies of Letters from W. H. Bliss to his mother
Permission to quote from these letters in any publication must be obtained from the donor of these records via the Archivist. Unless otherwise indicated, the originals of these letters were both written and signed by the writer, and comprise just one sheet.
MC:P219/C1/1 24 Feb 1850
Photocopy of a letter from Bliss (address, Commoners, Winchester) to his mother reporting on a discussion about which College he might apply to at Oxford, and expressing his hopes that he might go to Balliol, mainly because one his friends plans to go there.
MC:P219/C1/2 7 Apr 1850
Photocopy of a letter from Bliss (address, Commoners, Winchester) to his mother expressing pleasure that he stands a chance of getting a place at Balliol, and passing on other news about Winchester.
MC:P219/C1/3 ‘Thursday evening’ [June 1854—see C1/5 below]
Photocopy of a letter from Bliss (address, Oxford) to his mother reporting that he has failed the entrance exam to Balliol, but consoling himself for his failure by reporting that Balliol has recently acquired a bad reputation for gambling.
MC:P219/C1/4 ‘Saturday’ [June 1854—see C1/5 below]
Photocopy of a letter from Bliss (address, Oxford) to his mother, presumably written soon after C1/3 above, and reporting on his plans for Oxford: he would prefer not to apply to Balliol again but to look elsewhere.
MC:P219/C1/5 23 Jun 1854
Photocopy of a letter from Bliss (address, Oxford) to his mother, reporting that he has just matriculated at Oxford as a member of Magdalen, and plans to take up residence in October. This letter must have been written after the two preceding ones.
MC:P219/C1/6 22 Oct 1854
Photocopy of a letter (2 sheets) from Bliss (address, Oxford) to his mother, reporting on his first days in Oxford. He describes his room in New Buildings (Staircase 2, ground floor, to the left, with a view of the Grove), expressing regret that he does not have a separate bedroom. He also recounts meeting his tutor R. F. Hessey, and the things which he will have to buy for his room. He also notes that the organ in Chapel has been removed.
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