MC:P414/C98 Miscellaneous Letters from and about members of Magdalen College
MC:P414/C98 MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS FROM AND ABOUT MEMBERS OF MAGDALEN COLLEGE
These letters are arranged in alphabetical order according to the surname of the correspondent.
MC:P414/C98/1 14 Jan 1890
Letter from Marie Anna Ludomilla Euphrosina Acton (nee von Arco-Malley), Baroness Acton (1841–1923) to Herbert Warren. Lady Acton reports that her doctors oppose her son Richard (C. 1889–91) coming to England while there is an influenza epidemic there. Sent from Cannes.
MC:P414/C98/2 15 Oct 1900
Letter from Wilfrid William Ashley, 1st Baron Mount Temple (1867–1939; C. 1885–8) to Herbert Warren. Ashley thanks Warren for a letter of congratulation (presumably on his engagement). Sent from Broadlands, Romsey.
MC:P414/C98/3 21 Jun 1929
Letter from Wilfrid William Ashley, 1st Baron Mount Temple (1867–1939; C. 1885–8) to Herbert Warren. Ashley writes that he has no wish to be made a peer. Sent from Gayfere House, Smith Square, Westminster.
MC:P414/C98/4 29 Feb 1888
Letter from Isaac Bayley Balfour (1853–1922; F. 1884–8) to Herbert Warren. Balfour thanks Warren for his best wishes, and describes both his happiness and sadness at leaving Magdalen. Sent from Fairacres Road, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/5 16 Nov 1893
Letter from Arthur Baring-Gould (C. 1884–7) to Herbert Warren. Baring-Gould is competing for the post of secretary for the East London Hospital for Children, and asks whether Warren could write him a testimonial. Sent from 14 Woburn Square.
MC:P414/C98/6 3 Jul 1893
Letter from Rev. James Barmby (1822–97; F. 1846–59) to Herbert Warren. Barmby thanks Warren for congratulating him on his honorary D.D. He commends Warren on the effects of his Presidency on Magdalen. Sent from Pittington Vicarage, Durham.
MC:P414/C98/7 19 Dec (no year given)
Letter from Edward Russell Bernard (F. 1866–76) to Herbert Warren. Bernard congratulates Warren on three Firsts recently awarded to Magdalen men. He reports that Old Members of the College are pleased with Warren’s efforts to improve the College. Sent from Selborne.
MC:P414/C98/8 12 Jul 1889
Letter from Edward Russell Bernard (F. 1866–76) to Herbert Warren. Bernard thanks Warren for congratulating him on his appointment as a Canon at Salisbury. Sent from Woolsington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
MC:P414/C98/9 1 Aug 1899
Letter from John Charles Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey (1840–1929) to Herbert Warren. Bigham thanks Warren for the kindness shown his son Frank (C. 1895–9) during his time at Magdalen. Sent from Newsham House, Liverpool.
MC:P414/C98/10 7 Jun 1898
Letter from Sir (Frank) Trevor Bigham (1876–1954; C. 1895–9) to Herbert Warren. Bigham explains what he and his brother have been doing on their expedition to Greece and Turkey. Sent from Janina [Ioannina, Greece].
MC:P414/C98/11 5 Aug 1899
Letter from Sir (Frank) Trevor Roger Bigham (1876–1954; C. 1895–9) to Herbert Warren. Bigham expresses his pleasure at getting a First in Greats, but asks Warren’s advice on what he should do now.
MC:P414/C98/12 18 Jun 1888
Letter from Frederick Sparkes Norman Bingley (C. 1885–8) to Herbert Warren. Bingley asks about taking his degree. He regrets that it was not a very good one (he got a Fourth in Chemistry), but he had been affected by his father’s death. Sent from the Conservative Club.
MC:P414/C98/13 13 May 1895
Letter from Reginald Palgrave (1829–1904; clerk of the House of Commons) to Herbert Warren. Palgrave reports that Frederick Charles Bramwell (C. 1890–4) has just passed his exams for a House of Commons Clerkship. Palgrave asks Warren for a character reference. Sent from the House of Commons.
MC:P414/C98/14 7 Dec 1907
Letter from Ghetal Burdon Sanderson to Herbert Warren. Burdon Sanderson thanks Warren, in his capacity of Vice-Chancellor, for accepting the bust of her late husband Professor Sir John Burdon Sanderson (F. 1882–95) for the Oxford University Museum. Sent from 64 Banbury Road, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/15 26 Nov 1909
Letter from William Hartley Carnegie (1860–1936; D. 1878–83; Sub-dean of Westminster Abbey, 1919–36), to Herbert Warren. Carnegie discusses the churchmanship and character of a clergyman called Masterman (presumably Charles Masterman – see MC:P414/C60/4–5), and his suitablility for an unspecified job (almost certainly the Headmastership of Clifton College). Carnegie does not think that he is the right man for the job. Sent from the Cathedral Rectory, Birmingham.
MC:P414/C98/16 8 Jan 1913
Letter from William Hartley Carnegie (1860–1936; D. 1878–83; Sub-dean of Westminster Abbey, 1919–36), to Herbert Warren. Carnegie writes of his apprehension at moving to St. Margaret’s Westminster, and hopes to visit Magdalen soon. Sent from The Cathedral Rectory, Birmingham.
MC:P414/C98/17 23 Mar 1918
Letter from Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire (1868–1938) to Herbert Warren. The Duke expresses his regret at the death of Alan Morey (1893–1918; accepted for Rhodes Scholarship at Magdalen, 1914), and asks Warren to send his mother a note from the Duchess. He is anxious to hear news of the war, and reflects on life in Canada, and how the war is seen from over there. Sent from Government House, Ottawa.
MC:P414/C98/18 13 Oct (1916)
Letter from Christopher Cookson (F. 1894–1919) to Herbert Warren. Cookson reports that he has heard that Maurice Wells (C. 1907–10) and Cyril Eyre (D. 1914–15) are both missing in action, presumed killed. Sent from the Board of Education, 7 Grays Inn Square.
MC:P414/C98/19 22 Oct (year not given; c. 1914–18)
Letter (2 sheets) from Harry Frederick Comfort Crookshank; 1st Viscount Crookshank (1893–1961; C.1912–14) to Herbert Warren. Crookshank reports on his war activities, having joined a special mission to work with the Serbian Army. Sent c/o General Corkram, G.H.Q., Salonika.
MC:P414/C98/20 27 Mar (year not given; 1928)
Letter from Harry Frederick Comfort Crookshank; 1st Viscount Crookshank (1893–1961; C.1912–14) to Herbert Warren. Crookshank has just read of Warren’s intention to retire as President, and sent him his best wishes for his retirement. Sent from 51 Pont Street, SW1.
MC:P414/C98/21 7 Feb 1915
Letter from Charles Edgington (E. 1888–92) to Herbert Warren. Edgington apologises for not writing sooner; he has evidently had to travel to Davos on health grounds, and the journey from Ireland has not been easy. He reports on their mutual friend Frau Meisser, and reports on the effect of the war on Davos. Sent from Hotel & Pension Bellavista, Davos Platz.
MC:P414/C98/22 4 Jul 1911
Letter from Rev. Thomas Field (1855–1926; F. 1877; Warden of Radley College, 1897–1913) to Herbert Warren. Field disusses the controversy surrounding J. M. Thompson (F. 1904–38), and his book Miracles in the New Testament, and suggests what the College might do. Sent from Radley College, Abingdon.
MC:P414/C98/23 25 Oct 1917
Letter Rev. Thomas Field (1855–1926; F. 1877; Warden of Radley College, 1897–1913) to Herbert Warren. Field reflects that 40 years have passed since he and Warren attended their first Restoration Dinner, and expresses his pride to have been a member of Magdalen. Sent from St. Mary’s Vicarage, Nottingham.
MC:P414/C98/24 14 Oct (year not given)
Letter from Charles Robert Leslie Fletcher (D. 1876–81; F.1889–1906) to Herbert Warren. Fletcher protests at the lackadaisical behaviour of an undergraduate just named here as ‘Jack’, and worries about his future prospects. Sent from Norham End.
MC:P414/C98/25 10 Nov 1903
Letter (2 sheets) from Rev. Henry Girdlestone (C. 1882–6) to Herbert Warren. Girdlestone discusses the Rhodes Scholarship scheme, and his thoughts on Hallam Tennyson’s Governership of South Australia. He recalls his days at Magdalen College School. Sent from St. Peter’s Collegiate School, Adelaide.
MC:P414/C98/26 24 Oct (no year given)
Letter from Alfred Denis Godley (1856–1925; F. 1883–1912) to Herbert Warren. He discusses in detail a translation of Catullus by H. W. Garrod, generally positively. Sent from 4 Crick Road, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/27 25 Apr 1897
Letter from Sir Harcourt Gilbey Gold (1876–1952; C. 1895–1900) to Herbert Warren. Gold asks if Warren will let him celebrate his 21st birthday at home. Warren has scribbed ‘Leave granted’ on the letter. Sent from Hedsor, Maidenhead.
MC:P414/C98/28 Undated (c. 1895–1900?)
Letter from Sir Harcourt Gilbey Gold (1876–1952; C. 1895–1900) to Herbert Warren. Gold thanks Warren for his letter of congratulation (on an unspecified matter), and hopes that it can help improve College rowing. Sent from 59 High Street, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/29 15 Nov 1914
Letter from John Andrew Hamilton, 1st Viscount Sumner (1859–1934; F. 1882–9; HF. 1909), to Herbert Warren. Sumner congratulates Warren on being awarded a knighthood. Sent from Ibstone, Bucks.
MC:P414/C98/30 13 Nov 1929
Letter from John Andrew Hamilton, 1st Viscount Sumner (1859–1934; F. 1882–9; HF 1909), to Herbert Warren. Sumner discusses appointing more trustees for an unspecified trust for which he and Warren have worked. Sent from Ibstone, Bucks.
MC:P414/C98/31 2 Sep 1911
Letter from Richard Farrer Herschell, 2nd Baron Herschell (1878–1929; C. 1897–1900) to Herbert Warren. Herschell expresses his relief at the result of a recent vote in the House of Lords (evidently on Lords Reform). Sent from 3 Whitehall Court.
MC:P414/C98/32 15 Nov [Year not given; c. 1914?]
Letter from David George Hogarth (1862–1927; D. 1881–5; F. 1886–1927) to Herbert Warren. Hogarth congratulates Warren on yesterday’s announcement [almost certainly of Warren’s knighthood]. He supposes that they should meet to discuss the Fellowship. He thinks that the only good paper amongst the candidates in History I was [Murray] Wrong’s [Wrong sat his History Finals in 1913, and was elected a Fellow of Magdalen in 1914]. Sent from 20 St. Giles’, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/33 6 May (year not given)
Letter from David Oswald Hunter-Blair (1853–1939; C. 1872–6) to Herbert Warren. Hunter-Blair regrets that Lord Lovat will not be able to attend a ‘Newman’ dinner in Oxford. Sent from 103 Woodstock Road, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/34 1 Oct (year not given)
Letter from David Oswald Hunter-Blair (1853–1939; C. 1872–6) to Herbert Warren. Hunter-Blair sents Warren a lecture he recently gave on the Scottish Universities and the Holy See. Sent from Melrose.
MC:P414/C98/35 10 May 1929
Letter from David Oswald Hunter-Blair (1853–1939; C. 1872–6) to Herbert Warren. Hunter-Blair hopes to see Warren when he visits St. Benet’s Hall for the opening of Blackfriars. Sent from Belmont Abbey, Hereford.
MC:P414/C98/36 23 Mar 1902
Letter (first sheet only; rest missing) from Baron Karl Born (1876–1957; C. 1894–5) to Herbert Warren. Born reports on what he has been doing since he left Magdalen. Sent from Wien, 1., Kolowratring 10.
MC:P414/C98/37 24 Nov 1919
Letter (3 sheets) from Walter John James (C. 1887–91; later 3rd Lord Northbourne) to Herbert Warren. James expresses his regrets at the news of the death of Arthur Mahaffy (C. 1889–91; son of the classicist John Mahaffy). He discusses Mahaffy’s character and his family, and reminisces on their time in Oxford together. He hopes to visit Magdalen soon, and expresses his pleasure that H. C. Stewart has just been appointed organist, and that his son Walter (C. 1919–21; later 4th Lord Northbourne) is now up at Magdalen. Sent from 1 Courtfield Road, London. The 1922 edition of the Magdalen College Record suggests that Arthur Mahaffy died in October 1920, rather than 1919.
MC:P414/C98/38 4 Jul 1929
Letter from Lillah Keeble (nee McCarthy; 1875–1960, actress and stage manager, wife of Sir Frederick Keeble [F. 1920–7]), to Herbert Warren. Lady Keeble thanks Warren for sending her some verses, and regrets that she and her husband did not see more of the Warrens when they were in Oxford. She hopes that they can meet soon. Sent from 65 Curzon Street, Mayfair.
MC:P414/C98/39 16 Feb 1893
Letter from Edward Knatchbull-Hugesson, 2nd Baron Brabourne (1857–1909; C. 1878–9) to Herbert Warren. Brabourne thanks Warren for his letter of condolence on the death of his father, Edward Knatchbull-Hugessen, 1st Baron Brabourne (1829–1893; C. 1847–50), and recalls his and his father’s time there. Sent from Smeeth Paddocks, Ashford, Kent.
MC:P414/C98/40 28 May 1909
Letter from Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945; Dean of Divinity 1893–6; Hon. Fellow 1909–45; Archbishop of York 1908–28; Archbishop of Canterbury 1928–42) to Herbert Warren. Lang expresses his pleasure and gratitude at being elected an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen, and remembers his time at the College fondly. Sent from Bishopsthorpe, York.
MC:P414/C98/41 28 Jan 1911
Letter from Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945) to Christopher Cookson (F. 1894–1919). Lang agrees to allow Cookson to include his name on the list of people nominating Herbert Warren for the post of Professor of Poetry. Sent from Bishopthorpe, York.
MC:P414/C98/42 1 Feb 1913
Letter from Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945) to Herbert Warren. Lang thanks Warren for a letter about a speech which he had delivered. Sent from Bishopsthorpe, York.
MC:P414/C98/43 3 Nov 1914
Letter from Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945) to Herbert Warren. Lang thanks Warren for sending him a poem. Sent from Bishopsthorpe, York.
MC:P414/C98/44 30 Jun 1919
Letter from Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945) to Herbert Warren. Lang thanks Warren for sending him a copy of his latest Creweian Oration. Sent from Bishopsthorpe, York.
MC:P414/C98/45 21 Jun 1920
Letter from Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945) to Herbert Warren. Lang gives Warren a report on Ian Douglas Campbell (later 11th Duke of Argyll), explaining his difficult family background (in fact, Campbell went to Christ Church instead). Sent from Bishopsthorpe, York.
MC:P414/C98/46 15 Sep 1921
Letter from Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945) to Herbert Warren. Lang reports on the death of John Ronald Moreton-Macdonald (C. 1892–6; here called ‘Macdonald of Largie’), and expresses his sadness at the event. Sent from Ballure, Tayinloan, Argyllshire.
MC:P414/C98/47 1 Feb 1926
Letter from Sir Henry Stavely Lawrence (C.1888–90; 1870–1949) to Herbert Warren. Lawrence thanks Warren for his letter of congratulations. He hopes to visit Oxford in the summer. Sent from the Secretariat, Bombay.
MC:P414/C98/48 24 May 1893
Letter from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres (1847–1913) to Herbert Warren. Crawford thanks Warren for his letter about his son David (C. 1891–4; later 27th Earl; here called ‘Balcarres’), and thinks that he should have a coach during the long vacation. Sent from the camp at Blackpool of the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Manchester Regiment.
MC:P414/C98/49 17 Feb 1912
Letter from David Alexander Edward Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres (1871–1940; C. 1891–4), to Herbert Warren. Crawford congratulates Warren on the compliment paid to the College by the Prince of Wales being sent there (see MC:P414/C34/15 on announcements of the Prince’s arrival being made in the press). He hopes that it will not encourage what Crawford calls ‘opulent and exotic people’ to apply to the College, and reflects that such people were not at Magdalen during his time there. Sent from Haigh Hall, Wigan.
MC:P414/C98/50 15 Jul 1916
Letter from David Alexander Edward Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres (1871–1940; C. 1891–4), to Herbert Warren. Crawford reflects on the difficult situation in domestic politics which he has found on his return from France. Sent from the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries.
MC:P414/C98/51 29 Mar 1921
Letter from David Alexander Edward Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres (1871–1940; C. 1891–4), to Herbert Warren. Crawford has been unable to find the book at the British Library[?] but has been told it will be obtained for him. He is glad to hear about Austen Chamberlain, of whom he approves. He has heard that Cambridge intends to honour Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead, and wonders why Oxford has not already done the same. Sent from 7 Audley Square, W.1.
MC:P414/C98/52 30 Nov 1927
Letter from ‘C&B’ (from David Alexander Robert Lindsay (1871–1940; C. 1891–4), 27th Earl of Crawford) to Herbert Warren. Crawford arranges for Warren to visit Crichton’s to select a present for his new house. This will be a gift for Warren to be presented on his retirement, presumably by a group of Old Members of the College. Sent from 7 Audley Square.
MC:P414/C98/53 14 Feb 1928
Letter from ‘C&B’ (from David Lindsay (1871–1940; C. 1891–4), 27th Earl of Crawford) to Herbert Warren. Crawford discusses once again what presents might be made to Warren on his retirement from the Presidency. Sent from 7 Audley Square.
MC:P414/C98/54 26 Oct 1925
Letter from Lord Balniel (i.e. David Alexander Robert Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford and 11th Earl of Balcarres; 1900–75; C. 1919–22; Hon. F. 1975). Balniel writes to tell Warren of his engagement to Mary Cavendish. Sent from 7 Audley Square.
MC:P414/C98/55 18 Jul 1908
Letter from Walter Lock (1846–1933; F. 1869–92; Warden of Keble College 1897–1920) to Herbert Warren. Lock discusses a conversation which he and Warren had had earlier that day, and wishes to clarify some matters discussed then. Sent from the Warden’s Lodgings, Keble College, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/56 Undated (1890s?)
Letter from Arthur William Mahaffy (C. 1889–91) to Herbert Warren. Mahaffy thanks Warren for his letter wishing him luck as he leaves for the Far East. Sent from 38 North Great George’s Street, Dublin.
MC:P414/C98/57 5 Dec 1918
Letter from Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen, 1st Baronet (1852–1932) to Herbert Warren. Bunsen thanks Warren for his letter of condolence on the death of his friend Tom Lyons. He speaks well of Eugen Millington-Drake (C. 1908–12) at Buenos Aires. Sent from Old Lodge, Taplow.
MC:P414/C98/58 24 Jan 1910
Letter from Sir John Murray (1851–1928; C. 1870–2; publisher) to Herbert Warren. Murray discusses a publisher called Waal (who is involved with the Encyclopaedia Britannica) and his mistrust of him. Sent from 50 Albermarle Street.
MC:P414/C98/59 13 Dec 1917
Letter from Sir John Murray (1884–1967; C. 1903–5; publisher) to Herbert Warren. Murray discusses G. D. H. Cole (F. 1912–19), expressing his disapproval of him. Sent from the Ministry of Munitions District Office, 70 Spring Gardens, Manchester.
MC:P414/C98/60 11 Jan (year not given; after 1917?)
Letter from Sergei (Serge) Platonovich Obolensky, Prince Obolensky-Neledinsky-Meletzky (1890–1978) to Herbert Warren. Obolensky has heard from Russia that a man there claims to be Prince Dmitry Obolensky, and to have been educated at Magdalen. Obolensky thinks that he is an imposter, and asks Warren to confirm if this is the case [no Prince Obolensky is recorded in the 1922 or 1934 editions of the Old Members’ Register]. Sent from Buck’s Club, 18 Clifford Street, New Bond Street.
MC:P414/C98/61 29 Sep (1886)
Letter from Henry Pelham Archibald Pelham-Clinton, 7th Duke of Newcastle (1864–1928; C. 1884–6) to Herbert Warren. Newcastle congratulates Warren on his forthcoming marriage. Sent from the Great Western Hotel, Oban.
MC:P414/C98/62 12 Jan 1894
Letter from Sir Richard Douglas Powell (1842–1925) to Herbert Warren. Powell reports that his son Douglas (C. 1893–6) has decided to join the army rather than become a doctor, although he will remain at Magdalen. Sent from 62 Wimpole Street.
MC:P414/C98/63 19 Jan 1897
Letter from Sir Richard Douglas Powell (1842–1925; physician) to Herbert Warren. Powell thanks Warren for a letter of congratulation on his being created a baronet. He also thanks Warren for the kindness shown to his son Douglas while he was at Magdalen. Sent from 62 Wimpole Street.
MC:P414/C98/64 8 Apr 1925
Letter from Herbert Warren to Geoffrey Robinson (D. 1893–7). Warren discusses the Rhodes Scholarship application from Hew Whitney. He does not think that Whitney meets the academic standards necessary. He also discusses the future of Lord Milner. Sent from Magdalen College, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/65 23 Feb 1894
Letter from John Scott, Viscount Encombe (1870–1900; C. 1890–3) to Alfred Milner. Encombe reports on his travels in Egypt, and on his future travel arrangements, which include meeting David Hogarth (D. 1881–5; F. 1886–1927) in Mesopotamia. Sent from Shepheard’s Hotel, Ph. Zech., Cairo.
MC:P414/C98/66 30 Apr 1900
Letter from Henry Maxwell Spooner (1846–1929; F. 1868–75) to Herbert Warren. Spooner thanks Warren for his letter and friendship. Sent from Saltwood Rectory, Hythe, Kent.
MC:P414/C98/67 21 May 1899
Letter from Sir John Stainer (1840–1901; O. 1860–72) to Herbert Warren. Stainer thanks Warren for his kind letter, and explains why he is retiring from giving lectures. Sent from South Parks Road, Oxford.
MC:P414/C98/68 2 May 1905
Letter from James Richard Stanhope, 7th Earl Stanhope (1880–1967; C. 1899–1900) to Herbert Warren. Stanhope thanks Warren for his letter of condolence on the death of his father Arthur Philip Stanhope, 6th Earl Stanhope (1838–1905), and speaks warmly of his time at Magdalen. Sent from Chevening, Sevenoaks.
MC:P414/C98/69 27 Apr 1915
Letter from Archibald Thomas Strong (1876–1930; E. 1896–1900) to Herbert Warren. Strong thanks Warren for his kind words on a sonnet of his which was published in the Times. He reflects on Magdalen men in the war, reporting that Henry Fane (C. 1901–4), having been wounded at the Marne, has been sent out to Australia for a year. Strong volunteered himself, but was disqualified for defective eyesight. Sent from The University, Melbourne, Australia.
MC:P414/C98/70 29 Dec 1887
Letter from John Addington Symonds (1840–93; F. 1862–4) to Herbert Warren. Symonds asks if Warren received the book that he sent him as a wedding present. He notes that they have not seen each other for some time, which he assumes is because they have both been working hard at their jobs. Sent from Davos Platz, Switzerland.
MC:P414/C98/71 23 May (1928)
Letter from Robert Gilbert Vansittart, 1st Baron Vansittart (1881–1957) to Herbert Warren. Vansittart reports that his ‘eldest boy’ [his stepson Miller Duff] was killed in a lift accident last month, and wonders if there were any other candidates for a place at Magdalen (where he had been accepted. He thanks Warren for his kindness about him. Sent from 10 Downing Street, Whitehall. The incident is reported in the Times of 28 Apr 1928.
MC:P414/C98/72 c. 1885
Letter from Oscar Wilde (1854–1900; D. 1874–8) to Herbert Warren. Wilde congratulates Warren on his appointment as President of Magdalen. Sent from 16 Tite Street, Chelsea.
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