MC:P414/C95 Letters unrelated to Sir Herbert Warren
MC:P414/C95 LETTERS TO OTHER PEOPLE, UNRELATED TO HERBERT WARREN
These letters were found in the Warren papers but were not addressed to him. Presumably they were given to him because of their Magdalen College links.
MC:P414/C95/1 21 Jun 1827
Letter from T. F. Dibden (Thomas Frognall Dibdin, 1776–1847, bibliographer) to Martin Routh (D. 1771; F. 1774; President 1791–1854). Dibden asks if his friend’s son, Alfred Palmer, is included on the list of possible applicants to Magdalen College for next year. He explains why he thinks the boy would be a good student. Sent from Wyndham Lane. [Alfred Palmer came up to Magdalen as a Commoner in July 1827]
MC:P414/C95/2 23 Jan 1839
Letter from Martin Routh (D. 1771; F. 1774; President 1791–1854) to Thomas Combe (1796–1872; printer). Routh thinks that the corrected proofs may not have got to Combe, and offers to send another copy. A note in pencil reads ‘I called the next morning to explain’.
MC:P414/C95/3 1 Feb 1839
Letter from Martin Routh (D. 1771; F. 1774; President 1791–1854) to Thomas Combe (1796–1872). Routh asks for Combe to visit him tomorrow morning to discuss the work he has in print.
MC:P414/C95/4 18 Sep 1840
Letter from Martin Routh (D. 1771; F. 1774; President 1791–1854) to Thomas Combe (1796–1872). Routh gives his compliments to Combe and asks to meet him to discuss the work he is currently undertaking.
MC:P414/C95/5 11 Feb 1842
Letter from William Hancock (D. 1807–38; F. 1838–43) to the President of Magdalen (i.e. Martin Routh). Hancock writes a lengthy letter criticising the actions of William Palmer (D. 1826–32; F. 1832–55), and particularly his decision to publish under the title of ‘Tutor of Magdalen.’ Hancock and several other Fellows (including Edward Ellerton and Charles Daubney) think it unwise to have someone with radical theological ideas teaching young people and representing the Fellowship. Sent from Kilburn.
Letter from Martin Routh (1755–1854; President 1791–1854) to an unnamed addressee. Routh discusses the election and superannuation of Demies. No address given. Warren notes on the letter that this was given to him by T. W. Hansell in 1911.
Last page of an otherwise lost letter from Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810–65; novelist) to an unnamed addressee. Gaskell appears to be writing to a woman friend condoling with her on the loss of a child. Address not known.
MC:P414/C95/8 25 Sep 1863
Letter from Henry Liddell (1811–98; Dean of Christ Church 1855–91) to Frederick Bulley (D. 1825–37; F. 1837–55; P. 1855–85). Liddell provides a character reference for Heywood Smith, who is applying for the Natural Science Fellowship at Magdalen. Sent from The Palace, Bangor, North Wales. [Smith was not elected]
MC:P414/C95/9 25 Aug 1867
Letter from Justus von Liebig (1803–73) to an unnamed addressee [possibly Charles Daubeny, who was a friend of Liebig’s]. Liebig details what he has been doing recently, including a trip to a spa to try and cure his daughter Marie’s headaches. He thanks the recipient for sending him news of Sir Benjamin Brodie, whom he has known for a long time. Sent from Munich. [Written in German].
MC:P414/C95/10 27 Apr 1875
Letter from Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811–78) to Frederick Bulley (D. 1825–37; F. 1837–55; P. 1855–85). Gilbert Scott responds at length to Bulley’s enquiry about extending the New Building down to the President’s Lodgings. He suggests several grounds for objection to the idea. Sent from 31 Spring Gardens, London, SW.
MC:P414/C95/11 8 May 1875
Letter from Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811–78) to Frederick Bulley (D. 1825–37; F. 1837–55; P. 1855–85). Gilbert Scott says that his earlier estimate is wrong, and should be £18000 or £19000. Sent from Richmond, Surrey.
MC:P414/C95/12 9 May 1881
Copy of a letter from Robert Browning (1812–89) to George Romanes (1848–94). Browning explains that he found some of Romanes’ work to be uninspiring and sloppy in places. He tempers this by suggesting that poets at his age are often unexcited by new poetry and that Romanes should not be disheartened. He also suggests that some of Romanes’ problems may be caused simply by having taken up poetry later in life. Sent from 19 Warwick Crescent.
MC:P414/C95/13 18 Jul 1896
Letter from Edward Maunde Thompson (1840–1929) to Mr. Alderson. Maunde Thompson asks Alderson to inform the Lord Chancellor that Stampa [Lelio Stampa, D. 1892–6] is not ready for his examinations. Stampa will have a lot of work to do before he is ready. Sent from The British Museum, London, W.C.
MC:P414/C95/14 24 Oct 1907
Letter from R.G. Faussett to Charles Henry Olive Daniel. Faussett hears that the Vice-Chancellor [Herbert Warren] thinks that Daniel has been doing all the work related to the Oxford market, and that he has done none. He thinks that Daniel should explain that he took matters into his own hands and did not consult with Fausett. Sent from the Union Society, Oxford.
MC:P414/C95/15 17 Jun 1908
Copy of a letter from Herbert Henry Asquith (1852–1928) to ‘George’ [Lord Curzon?]. Asquith would not consider the idea of a university commission unless the universities asked for one themselves. As far as he is aware, there is no such demand. It is therefore safe to assume that any such commission has been postponed. Sent from 10 Downing Street, [Written in Herbert Warren’s hand; the date looks like ‘88’ or ‘08’, but the former is more likely, because Asquith was Prime Minister by then, and Curzon was then Chancellor of Oxford].
Letter from Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) to Mary Frances Knight. Blackmore informs his aunt that he has moved to Camden Town. He discusses the new area and provides her with a contact address. Sent from Dodgson’s.
MC:P414/C95/17 ‘Saturday morning’
Letter from Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) to Mary Frances Knight. Blackmore describes his lodgings, which are quiet. He makes reference to working for Dodgson. Sent from 63 June Street, Marlborough Road, Chelsea.
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