MC:PR30/1/C3/7 Letters and poems from Thomas Scott, 1821-55
Guardbook bound in dark blue covers, with “Rev. Thomas Scott’s poetry” on the spine. Although the book is bound in blue, rather than dark green covers, it is clearly one of the volumes created by John Bloxam. It relates to Thomas Scott (d. 1846; D. 1785–92), Chaplain of Bromley College Kent, 1821–46, and possessed of poetic ambitions. Bromley College (also known as Bromley Hospital) was originally founded by John Warner (1581–1666; D. 1599–1604; F. 1604–10) for the widows of clergymen. In 1840, however, the College was expanded with a fresh endowment from Sophia Sheppard, who paid for accommodation and financial support for the daughters of such widows who had no other means of support when their mothers died. Magdalen College had the right to nominate the Chaplain of the College.
Inside front cover: two engravings of Bromley College.
Between fols. 1 and 2: three printed pamphlets containing poems by Scott: (i) An untitled poem, dated 24 Jun 1844, in praise of John Warner, the original founder of the hospital, into which Scott has added an MS poem titled “The Chaplain’s Gate”; (ii) “The Musings of an Old Suffolk Rector”, dated Michaelmas 1842; (iii) “In commemoration of the Consecration of the New Church on Bromley Common”, dated 1842.
Fols. 2–8: MS of a poem by Scott “Campaneuloga; or The Eulogy of Church Bells by an Octogenary”, dated St. Mark’s Day 1844.
Fols. 9–10: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Bromley College, Kent) to Martin Routh, dated 30 March 1841. Scott discusses the new rules and regulations created for the College under the auspices of Routh’s sister, Sophia Sheppard.
Fols. 11–12: MS poem titled “On the Opening of the Sheppardean College on St. Mary Magdalene’s Day July 22nd 1841″, inscribed to Martin Routh at the end.
Fol. 13: MS poem titled “For the Sheppardean College on fixing the Shield bearing the Sheppard Arms”, dated 13 April 1841, and inscribed to Sophia Sheppard.
Fol 14: MS Poem titled “The Grateful Matin Musings of the Chaplain and Mrs. Sheppard’s five College Daughters, for the 22nd of July 1844″, inscribed to Mrs. Routh.
Fol. 15: Another copy of the printed poem at fols. 1–2 (i).
Fol. 16: Blank.
Fols. 17–18: Letter from C. I. Urquhart (D.. 1803–12; F. 1812–20; address, Westerham) to Martin Routh, dated 2 Jun 1846. Urquhuart tells Routh the news of Scott’s death.
Fols. 19–20: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Bromley College, Kent) to Sophia Sheppard, dated 5 Nov 1842. Scott thanks Sheppard for a gift, and mentions some positive reactions to his poem “The Musings of an Old Suffolk Rector”.
Fols. 21–22: Letter from the Bishop of London, William Howley, to Martin Routh, 19 Mar 1821. Howley reports that the current chaplain at Bromley plans to resign his post there, and asks Routh to recommend a successor. The letter includes Routh’s draft reply, in which he recommends Thomas Scott for the post.
Fols. 23–24: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Tavistock Hotel, Covent Garden) to Martin Routh, dated 7 May 1821. Scott expresses his pleasure at being elected Chaplain to Bromley Hospital.
Fol. 25: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Little Oakley Parsonage) to Martin Routh, dated 1 Jun 1821. Scott once again expresses his pleasure at his new appointment.
Fol. 26: Letter from James J. B. Landon (address, Bromley College, Kent) to the President of Magdalen College, dated 19 Feb 1855. Landon informs the President that the Chaplaincy of Bromley College is to be made vacant as from 25 June.
The following items were found loose at the end of this book:
No. 1: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Bromley College, Kent) to Martin Routh, 6 Jun 1830. Scott recommends to Routh one Rev. J. C. Lloyd.
No. 2: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Bromley College, Kent) to Martin Routh, 14 May 1836. Scott encloses a poem, and protests at the appointment of the new Regius Professor of Divinity (R. D. Hampden).
No. 3: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Bromley College, Kent) to Martin Routh, 12 Oct 1840. Scott thanks Routh for preparing a Latin inscription to commemorate the benefaction of his sister Sophia Sheppard to Bromley College, but proposes some modifications.
No. 5: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Bromley College, Kent) to Martin Routh, 16 Oct 1840. Scott thanks Routh for sending a revised inscription.
No. 5: Letter from Thomas Scott (address, Bromley College, Kent) to Martin Routh, 19 Nov 1840. Scott reports that Sophia Sheppard’s new building is now complete.
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