MC:F24 Papers of Henry Ramsden Bramley
Henry Ramsden Bramley (1833–1917) originally matriculated from Oriel College in 1852, before migrating the following year to University College, where he was offered a scholarship. In 1857 he was elected a Fellow of Magdalen College, where among other duties he acted as Tutor in 1858–68 and 1871–83, as Dean of Arts in 1871–82, Vice-President in 1883, and Dean of Divinity in 1885–6. In later life, he moved to Lincoln Cathedral, where from 1885 be became Examining Chaplain to the Bishop and later became Precentor and Canon. More details on his life and career are given in Vol. VI, pp. 163–5 of W. D. Macray’s Register of Magdalen College.
Bramley published several sermons and books on ecclesiology, but perhaps his most widely-read works were the three volumes of Christmas Carols Old and New, an extremely popular anthology of carols for which he edited the words and John Stainer (O. 1860–72) the music, and which was first published between 1871 and 1878 and reprinted many times thereafter.
Few personal papers relating to Bramley are preserved in the archives of Magdalen; this one letter was found there at an unknown date.
Catalogued in June 2011.
MC:F24/C1/1 8 Jul 1884
Letter to Bramley from Henry William Chandler (Waynflete Professor of Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy 1867–89), politely declining an invitation to a Gaudy.