MC:P330 Correspondence of Thomas Hansell on “Old Magdalen Days”
Thomas William Hansell was a chorister of Magdalen from 1849 to 1857 but did not come up to any Oxford College. These letters were sent to his nephew Henry, who was an undergraduate at Magdalen from 1882 to 1885, who went on to become a tutor. Henry was tutor to most notably the sons of GeorgeV including the future Edward VIII, who came up to Magdalen in 1912.
These letters were found in Windsor Castle and given to the college in 1958. They probably ended up at Windsor because Henry was attached to the Court because of his tutoring and would have spent a great deal of time residing there.
The librarian of Windsor Castle, Robert Mackworth-Young, sent them to Magdalen in August 1958 to the then President, Thomas Boase. Sir Owen Morshead (librarian of Windsor Castle 1926–1958) had given the librarian these correspondences on retiring.
The correspondences are to do with the book Old Magdalen Days by Lewis Tuckwell, which is a short history of Magdalen during the period of 1847 to 1877. Tuckwell was a chorister at Magdalen from 1847 to 1857, an Academical Clerk from 1857 to 1863. Then from 1867 to 1876 he was the Chaplain and Precentor of Magdalen.
Catalogued by Andrew Crawford in July 2009.
MC:P330/1C – CORRESPONDENCE OF THOMAS HANSELL
MC:P330/1C/1 6 Nov 1913
Letter from TH (Saint Ethelbert, Kirkley, Lowestoft) to his nephew, Henry Hansell thanking him for sending him a copy of Old Magdalen Days. Also TH talks about Old Magdalen Days, and certain parts of the book. TH goes on to talk about what he has been doing and talks about Henry’s birthday.
MC:P330/1C/2 13 Nov 1913
Letter from H. A. Wilson, who was a Fellow from 1876 to 1919 (Magdalen College) to TH. The letter attempts to identify one of the characters of Old Magdalen Days, a character by the initials “A. B.”, who TH identified as Arthur Barker.
MC:P330/1C/3 20 Nov 1913
Letter from TH (Saint Ethelbert, Kirkley, Lowestoft) to his nephew Henry Hansell. The Letter is accompanied with a key for the initials used in Old Magdalen Days and H. A. Wilson’s copy of Old Magdalen Days. He then tells of an illness of Henry’s aunt, Kate.
MC:P330/1C/4 21 Nov 1913
Letter from Robert Henry Codrington (St. Richards Walk, Chichester) to Thomas Hansell regarding the work of Tuckwell and how he had already lent his book to someone. Codrington writes about the initials and the characters the book Old Magdalen Days uses , including T. H. T. Hopkins. This was evidently enclosed with 1C/5, below.
MC:P330/1C/5 5 Dec 1913
Letter from TH (Saint Ethelbert, Kirkley, South Lowestoft) to his nephew Henry Hansell. The letter talks about certain characters in the book and TH goes on to tell stories about Robert Cholmeley (F. 1843-58). At the end TH talks about Henry’s Aunt Kate and Aunt Jane. This evidently enclosed 1C/4, above.
MC:P330/C2 – OTHER LETTERS
MC:P330/2C/1 8 Aug 1958
A letter from Robert Mackworth-Young (librarian, Windsor Castle) to President Boase of Magdalen. The letter contained the correspondence of MC:P330/1C, above.