MC:PR30/1/C3/9 Routh papers collected by Philip Bliss, 1818-80
Guardbook inscribed on the spine “Dr. Routh Letters and Memoir of”. Inside are two notes; the first is one from Philip Bliss, indicating that the book is to be presented to John Bloxam; the second one from Bloxam, indicating that he has presented this volume to the library of Magdalen College (and it is among the volumes Macray lists as having been presented by Bloxam). There is also a note that item Fol. 27 was recorded as missing in 1978. On several of the later letters, where Routh’s handwriting becomes even more spidery than usual, someone (Bloxam?) has added pencil annotations over some words to attempt to interpret them.
This volume was evidently created by the antiquarian and book collector Philip Bliss (1787–1857; Registrar of Oxford 1824–53 and Principal of St. Mary’s Hall 1848–57), who knew Routh well in his later years. It would appear that Bliss presented (or bequeathed) it to Bloxam, who then included it among his Routh collections. For other letters from Bliss to Routh, see MC:PR30/1/C1/2 Fol. 44, MC:PR30/1/C1/4 Fols. 51 & 72, MC:PR30/1/C2/9 Fol. 22, MC:PR30/1/C4/1 fols. 27–32, MC:PR30/1/C4/7 Fols. 52–58, MC:PR30/1/MS2/1 Fols. 3, 38 & 54, and MC:PR30/1/MS4/1 No. 116.
Fol. 1: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss, 8 Sep 1822. Routh discusses book catalogues and book purchases, in particular editions of Bishop Burnet’s works.
Fol. 2: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, 11 Nov 1833. Routh invites Bliss to visit to discuss some recent purchases.
Fol. 3: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss, 14 Jan 1835. Routh consoles Bliss on the death of his mother.
Fol. 4: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss, 3 Apr 1835. Routh is trying to obtain what he calls a “possibly authentic” copy of Burnet’s history.
Fol. 5: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, “Thursday Morn”. Routh wants to see one or two items from Richard Heber’s collection of books.
Fol. 6: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, 6 Jun 1835. Routh wants to know when copies of Burnet’s history are likely to reach him.
Fol. 7: Letter from Richard Jenkyns (1782–1854; Master of Balliol 1819–54; address, Balliol College) to Martin Routh, 7 Dec 1837. Jenkyns regrets not being able to meet Routh, on account of too much College business.
Fol. 8: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Tylehurst, near Reading) to Philip Bliss, 27 Oct 1841. Routh passes on a message from his sister Sophia Sheppard, regretting that she is unable to subscribe towards the construction of a new church, but might contribute towards its endowment. Routh himself offers some money.
Fol. 9: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, dated by Bliss to 1842. Routh discusses an offer made to him by Queen’s College to purchase his personal library.
Fol. 10: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Tylehurst near Reading) to Philip Bliss, 5 Jul 1844. Routh agrees, at Bliss’s request to appoint “young Macray” (William Dunn Macray; Cl. 1844–50; Chaplain 1856–70; F. 1891–1916) to a vacant clerkship.
Fol. 11: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss., 6 Nov 1846. Routh sends Bliss an index to an unnamed work, compiled by “Mr. Henderson of Magdalen College” (William George Henderson, D. 1836–46; F. 1846–52).
Fol. 12: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, “Tuesday evening” (c. 1847?). Routh discusses a possible publication date for the Reliquiae Sacrae. The first volumes of the revised edition were published in 1847.
Fol. 13: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, “Thursday noon” (c. 1847?). Routh asks for a copy of the Authors Index (for Reliquiae Sacrae?).
Fol. 14: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss. The date is illegible, but Bliss has noted that he received it on 17 Mar 1847. Routh reports on his current poor health.
Fol. 15: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, undated. Routh asks Bliss’ opinion on an addition at the bottom of an unspecified page.
Fol. 16: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, 21 Jul 1844. Routh asks after Bliss’s health. He asks for the address of Mr. Garbutt, so that he can be thanked for sending Routh a sermon.
Fol. 17: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, 22 Apr 1845. Routh encloses money to pay for some sherry. He alludes to a forthcoming meeting of Convocation.
Fol. 18: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Tylehurst) to Philip Bliss, 8 Jun 1845. Routh asks Bliss to check some references in the Bodleian Library.
Fol. 19: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, 2 Jun 1848. Routh asks Bliss to insert a notice in the “Oxford Herald” expressing anger at proposals both to repeal the union with Ireland and to subject Oxford to a commission.
Fol. 20: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Philip Bliss, 16 Dec 1853. Routh asks Bliss to tell him about the answer given to Lord Palmerston by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Derby. Bliss notes that he called on Routh and read him Derby’s letter.
Fol. 21: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss, 4 Feb 1854. Routh asks how many copies of his latest tract have been sold by Parker’s. He discusses a book on the Herbert family.
Fol. 22: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss, 26 Jul 1854. Routh expresses his disgust that the House of Lords has passed “the subversive, tyrannical, University Bill”.
Fol. 23: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss, 7 Sep 1854. Routh reports on a visit from Professor Dindorf. He gave him a copy of his tract, which it seems Dindorf had also edited.
Fol. 24: Letter from William Alexander, Wine Merchant (address, Leith) to Bliss, 6 Mar 1854. Alexander discusses sending an order of sherry to Martin Routh, and expresses his pleasure in having a customer of such an age.
Fol. 25: Draft letter from Martin Routh to an unnamed addressee, written on a fragment of a letter which is postmarked 20 Dec 1818. Routh is evidently replying to a request for a reference to Philip Bliss, and he writes recommending his character and education.
Fol. 26: Letter from Philip Bliss (address, Oxford) to Martin Routh, 14 Oct 1846. Bliss reports on meeting “poor Dibdin” ((Thomas Frognall Dibdin, 1776–1847, bibliographer) in London, and his poor state of health. Bliss also asks Routh whether he could put in a word with his sister to be presented to the living of Theale when it next falls vacant.
Fol. 28: Letter from Charles Atmore Ogilvie (1793–1873; Fellow of Balliol and later Canon of Christ Church; no address given) to Philip Bliss, “Sunday evening”. Ogilvie reports that Routh has allowed a statement of his views on an unspecified matter, which had been circulated among his friends, to be sent anonymously to the Bishop of London and Lord Palmerston.
Fol. 29: Letter from D. Chase (address illegible) to Philip Bliss, 22 Dec [year not given; must be 1854] Chase reports that Routh is not expected to last the night, in case Bliss wants to call on him one last time.
Fol. 30: Letter from R. Jackson (address, Holywell) to Philip Bliss, 22 Dec 1854. Jackson reports on Routh’s failing condition.
Fol. 31: First sheet only of a letter from R. Jackson (no address given) to Philip Bliss, n.d. (but clearly 22 Dec 1854). Since Jackson last wrote, news has come that Routh had just died. He reports on seeing Routh on his deathbed.
Fol. 32: Letter from Charles Ogilvie (address, Christ Church) to Philip Bliss, 22 Dec 1854. Ogilvie reports on Routh’s death.
Fol. 33: Letter from John William Routh (b. 1817; D. 1835–41; address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss, “7.30 p.m.” (22 Dec 1854). Routh reports that Martin Routh (his uncle) has just died.
Fol. 34: Letter from John W. Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Philip Bliss, 24 Dec 1854. Routh reports that Martin Routh is to be buried at Magdalen, in spite of his wish to be buried at Theale. Routh explains why his uncle’s wishes have been overridden.
Fol. 35: Letter from Thorp & Co. (no address given) to Philip Bliss, 24 Dec 1854. Bliss is invited to attend Routh’s funeral (which it appears he did not attend).
Fol. 36: Letter from Sir Robert Inglis to Bliss (address, Milton Bryan) to Philip Bliss, 27 Dec 1854. Inglis regrets that he will be unable to attend Routh’s funeral.
Fol. 37: Letter from Henry Adams (D. 1836–43; F. 1843–52; address, Malvern) to Philip Bliss, 10 Jan 1855. Adams mentions Martin Routh’s funeral, and considers the new President, Frederic Bulley. He asks Bliss to purchase a copy of Dr. Burger’s Repentance of Nineveh.
Fol. 38: Letter (2 sheets) from Bulkeley Bandinel (1781–1861, Bodley’s Librarian 1813–60; address illegible) to Philip Bliss, 29 Dec 1854. Bandinel describes Martin Routh’s funeral. His greatest emphasis is on how cold the whole occasion was.
Fol. 39: Printed list, published by Oxford University Press, of Routh’s published works.
Fol. 40: Printed poem addressed to Martin Routh on his 100th birthday [sic], 19 September 1854, by George Booth (F. 1816–34).
Fol. 41: Printed text of poem written in praise of Routh by “F. K., Bath” [This is Francis Kilvert].
Fol. 42: Copy of A Century of Verses in memory of the Reverend, the President of Magdalen College, by John Burgon (published 1855). This copy was presented by the author to Philip Bliss.
Fol. 43: Letter from Burgon (address, Oriel) to Philip Bliss, 19 Jan  Burgon sends Bliss a copy of the above poem.
Fol. 44: Flyer advertising the publication of a sermon preached in Magdalen College Chapel on Christmas Day 1854 by Thomas Frederick Smith (F. 1846–56), just after Routh’s death.
Fol. 45: Copy of A Biographical Sketch of the Rev. Dr. Routh, by Charles Daubeny (1795–1867; D. 1810–15; F. 1815–67).
Fol. 46: Cutting from the Morning Herald, 27 Dec 1854, with an article about Martin Routh. Bliss has added that the article first appeared in The Times, and was the work of John Bloxam and James Mozley (F. 1840–56).
Fol. 47: Another version of the same article about Routh, from a different (unidentified) newspaper).
Fol. 48: A third version of the same article about Routh, this time printed in the Oxford University Herald, 30 Dec 1854. Bliss notes on this that “this is the best account I have yet seen”.
Fol. 49: Letter from J. G. Nichols (address, 2 Parliament Street) to Philip Bliss, 16 Feb (1855). Nicholas reports that a memoir of Routh (by Bliss?) has been published.
Fol. 50: Galley proofs for an obituary of Martin Routh, heavily corrected by Bliss. Bliss has noted that this obituary was intended for the Gentleman’s Magazine, and that Bliss offered some corrections, which could not be incorporated into the final version.
Fol. 51: Apparently part of a proof of an obituary of Routh, with corrections in an unknown hand.
Fol. 52: Cutting of an obituary of Routh, which appears to come from the Morning Post.
Fol. 53: Cutting from what appears to be the Morning Herald, 18 Jul 1854, with a letter from “Academicus”, protesting against the passing of the University Bill. There is a note that the letter was written by Routh.
Fol. 54: Cutting from an unnamed newspaper with a report of Martin Routh’s funeral on 29 Dec 1854.
Fols. 55–56: Proofs for an obituary (or two obituaries) of Martin Routh, annotated by Philip Bliss.
Fol. 57: Printed auction catalogue for Martin Routh’s manuscripts, sold by Sotheby and Wilkinson, 5 July 1855. See also. No. 1 below.
Fol. 58: Printed auction catalogue of Routh’s furniture, 21 Feb 1855.
Fol. 59: Printed prospectus for ordering an engraving by David Lucas of a portrait of Martin Routh by T. C. Thompson, n.d. (c. 1843).
Fol. 60: Letter from J. Godwin for J. H. Parker (address, Broad Street, Oxford) to Philip Bliss, 24 Feb 1855. Godwin tells Bliss that Routh’s tract is now out of print.
The following items were found loose at the end of this book:
No. 1: List of the names of purchasers of Routh’s manuscripts at the auction as in Fol. 57 above. The 227 lots fetched £270 16s 6d. John Bloxam is shown as having bought nos. 122, 123, 135 and 212. Another copy of the auction catalogue, at MC:PR30/1/C1/5 Fol. 31, suggests that Bloxam bought slightly different lots.
No. 2: Letter from J. H. Backhouse (address, Laverton Rectory, Bath) to John Bloxam, 11 Oct 1880. Backhouse asks Bloxam about some MS collections of extracts from Greek writers compiled by Henry Dodwell (Camden Professor of Ancient History 1688–91), with reference to any writings of St. Polycarp to be found there. Backhouse erroneously thinks that Routh’s MSS were all given to the Bodleian or to Magdalen College; in fact this MS was sold off as Lot 73 in the sale to “Boone”.
No. 3: Extract from a letter written to John Bloxam and General Rigaud from an unknown addressee, discussing the opinions of Cardinal Newman about Thomas Mozley’s memoirs (which among other things passed comment on Martin Routh). N.d., but Mozley’s Reminiscences were published in 1882.
No. 4: Extracts from Thomas Mozley’s Reminiscences which allude to Martin Routh.
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