MC:PR30/1/C2/14 Letters from Choristers elected 1809-53
Guardbook bound in dark green covers, with “Letters relating to Choristers Vol. II” on the spine. These letters relate to Choristers elected between 1809 and 1853.
This guardbook stands apart from the others in this collection. It is bound up in the same manner as the guardbooks created by Bloxam, but it is not included on Macray’s list of books given by him to the College. In addition, there is no extant Volume I of letters on choristers. On the inside cover of this book is a note in the hand of C. T. Onions, then Fellow Librarian, that it had been given to him on 29 November 1943 by Bruce McFarlane, who had received it from the Home Bursary Clerk, who reported that this book, and the interleaved copy of Bloxam Vol. I (now part of MS 881?) came from a sale (date and place unknown) of the effects of the sister of W. E. Sherwood, Master of Magdalen College School in 1888–1900. Presumably Bloxam gave two volumes of Choristers’ correspondence to Sherwood, and only this volume now survives.
This book is also unusual in that it contains quite a few of John Bloxam’s working papers in relation to his research for Volume I of his great biographical register of members of Magdalen, which was devoted to the Choristers, and which was published in 1853.
It is important to know that there were two editions of Volume I of Bloxam’s Register. The first edition, published in 1853, stops on page 224, with the choristers elected in 1853. However, there are other copies (including one available on Google Books, now in Harvard Library), containing four more pages, which list the choristers up to early 1857. On the other hand, the title page is still dated 1853. At the end of Volume III of his Register (published 1863), Bloxam gives a continuation of the list of Choristers from Volume I—but he starts it in June 1857. So the extra pages had been published by then.
Fols. 1–2: Letters concerning Robert Wickham (d. 1880; Ch. 1809–19; matr. Christ Church 1820).
Fol. 1: Letter from Joseph Corfe (d. 1878; Ch. 1814–21; Cl. 1822–9; Chaplain 1832–6; matr. 1822; address, the Close, Exeter) to John Bloxam, 28 Jul 1853. Corfe has been sent proof sheets of volume I of Bloxam’s register, and offers some proposed emendations to the entry on Robert Wickham and one or two others.
Fol. 2: Letter from a Mr. Bower (address, St. Thomas Street, Winchester) to Martin Routh, 20 Oct 1812. Bower, who is the writing master at Winchester College, enquires about nominating his son for a choristership at Magdalen (unsuccessfully), having heard of the great progress made by Robert Wickham at Magdalen College School.
Fols. 3–4: Letter and document concerning John Alexander Gower (Ch. 1810–20; Cl. 1820–7; Chaplain 1827–32; matr. 1821).
Fol. 3: Letter from George Cleather (Ch. 1804–16; matr. Exeter College 1816); address Albourne) to Joseph Corfe, 14 Mar 1853. Cleather passes on some biographical information about John Alexander Gower.
Fol. 4: English poem titled “Arch of Titus”, by John Alexander Gower. It is not known if the poem is written out in Gower’s hand or someone else’s.
Fol. 5: Letter from James Walker (Ch. 1813; Cl. 1813–18).
Fol. 5: Letter from James Walker (address, King’s School, Parramatta, New South Wales) to T. Collins (probably Thomas Collins, F. 1805–16), 30 Mar 1844. Walker discusses the state of education and the clergy in Australia, with both of which he is very unimpressed.
Fols. 6–8: Letters from and concerning Joseph Corfe (d. 1878; Ch. 1814–21; Cl. 1822–9; Chaplain 1832–6; matr. 1822).
Fol. 6: Letter from John Fisher (1748–1825; Bishop of Salisbury 1807–25; address, Palace, Sarum) to Martin Routh, 17 Sep 1811. Fisher recommends the son of Mr. Corfe, the organist of Salisbury Cathedral, for a choristership. A note on the letter in Bloxam’s hand suggests that he was writing on behalf of Joseph Corfe, who was eventually appointed a Chorister in 1814.
Fol. 7: Letter from W. L. Bowles (William Lisle Bowles, 1762–1850, Church of England clergyman and poet; address, Close, Salisbury) to Martin Routh, 9 Feb 1835. The post of Vicar Priest at Salisbury Cathedral is vacant, and Martin Routh has recommended Charles King (Ch. 1818–25, Cl. 1825–34, Chaplain 1834–6) for the post (and he would eventually get it). Bowles notes that Joseph Corfe is another candidate, but there are unfavourable rumours about his behaviour at New College, and asks Routh if he can report anything about Corfe’s behaviour at Magdalen.
Fol. 8: Letter from Joseph Corfe (address, Magdalen) to Martin Routh, 18 Apr 1836. Corfe has just been elected a Priest Vicar of Exeter Cathedral, and thanks Routh for writing a testimonial for him. He had hoped to visit Routh at Tilehurst, but has been asked to go to Exeter at once for his formal election.
Fol. 9: Letter from a group of pupils at Magdalen College School, 1822 or 1823.
Fol. 9: Petition to Martin Routh, by Bloxam, from a group of pupils of Magdalen College School, undated. The pupils are: Charles Wilkins (Ch. 1815–23); John Dicks (Ch. 1816–24); Charles Poore (the only pupil not to have been a chorister); Charles King (Ch. 1818–25; Cl. 1825–34); George Corfe (Ch. 1818–24); Henry (Harry) Manders Roberts (Ch. 1816–25; Cl. 1827–34; Chaplain 1836–55); Jonathan Lord Hobbes (Ch. 1823–6); William Jonathan Sawell (Ch. 1819–30; Cl. 1830–6; Usher of MCS 1849–61); Frederick Walsh (Ch. 1820–7), and Thomas Reed (recte Thomas Peisley Reid, Ch. 1822–3). The petitioners protest to Routh at their long hours, and the lack of time given for recreation. The petition is undated; Bloxam suggested a date of 1822, but 1823 seems more likely as being the one year when everyone named in this petition was known to have been at the school. It is quoted in full in Bloxam Register iii. 261, where Bloxam reports that it apparently had no effect.
Fol. 10: Letter concerning Charles King (d. 1885; Ch. 1818–25; Cl. 1825–34; matr. 1827).
Fol. 10: Letter from Edward Copleston (1776–1849; Provost of Oriel 1814–28; Bishop of Llandaff 1828–49; address, Oriel College) to Martin Routh, 29 Apr (1825). Routh had already appointed Charles King to a Choristership in his recommendation. He now hears that William Woodcock (Cl. 1784–1818 & 1819–25) has just died (in fact he had died only the previous day), and suggests that King be appointed in his stead – as indeed he was. See also MC:PR30/1/C3/11 Fols. 61–68 for other letters from Copleston.
Fols. 11–19: Letters concerning Walter Cliffe Mowett (Ch. 1819–22). Most of the letters concerning Mowett are from George Gleig (1753–1840; Bishop of Brechin 1810–40), who had clearly taken a longstanding interest in the welfare of boy’s family. Other letters to Routh from Gleig can be found at MC:PR30/1/C3/13 Fols. 4–19.
Fol. 11: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 16 Oct 1816. Gleig thanks Routh for sending him the latest volume of Reliquiae Sacrae. He also reports on his interest in a Captain Mowett, a Barrack Master at Eastbourne, who has a numerous family, and wonders whether one of his sons might be made a Chorister.
Fol. 12: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 14 Jan 1817. Gleig thanks Routh for his goodness to Walter Mowett, and recommends his character to him. He also thanks Routh for taking an interest in his son Robert (who had matriculated from Balliol in 1811, and later migrated to Magdalen Hall).
Fol. 13: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 2 Nov 1818. Gleig had written to Routh to thank him for the final volume of Reliquiae Sacrae, but now learns that his letter had not arrived. He drops more hints about hoping that a vacant choristership can be found for Walter Mowett. He also wonders whether a bible clerkship could be found for his older brother John (none was). Their father is now resident in Romford, Essex.
Fol. 14: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 23 Mar 1819. Gleig thanks Routh once again for his kindness towards Walter Mowett (who had been appointed a Chorister the previous month). He expresses his sorrow at the death of John Parsons, Master of Balliol and Bishop of Peterborough, and hopes that his son Robert might get a post as a tutor.
Fol. 15: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 10 Mar 1820. Gleig has heard good reports of Walter Mowett’s progress. He also reports on his son’s progress.
Fol. 16: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 16 Nov 1820. Walter Mowett’s father is anxious about his son’s academic progress, and is unsure what he will do in later life. Gleig asks Routh what can be done for Walter to keep him on at Magdalen – whether he could get a Demyship, for example. Once again he discusses his son’s future.
Fol. 17: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 15 Jan 1821. Walter Mowett’s father is dangerously ill, and Gleig wants to know what might happen to Walter at Magdalen should he die.
Fol. 18: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 19 Nov 1821. Walter Mowett’s father continues badly ill, and is thinking of withdrawing his son at the end of this year, to apprentice him to a medical practitioner.
Fol. 19: Letter from George Gleig (address, Stirling) to Martin Routh, 26 Mar 1824. Gleig discusses the Scotch Episcopal Fund, which Routh and Mrs. Sheppard have supported. He reports that Walter Mowett is now apprenticed to a “practical Chymist”, and doing well. His father is dead, but his eldest brother is looking after the family. It seems that Routh wishes to send Walter some money. Gleig also discusses his health, and Routh’s work on Burnet’s history.
Fol. 20: Letter concerning James Chase (b. 1813; Ch. 1823–8).
Fol. 20: Letter from John William Routh (b. 1817; D. 1835–41; address, Tilehurst) to John Bloxam, 21 Mar 1853. Routh sends Bloxam a short biography of James Chase.
Fol. 21: Letter concerning Ellis Roberts Pring (Ch. 1824–9; Cl. 1833–7; matr. 1833).
Fol. 21: Letter from Joseph Pring (address, Bangor) to Martin Routh, 22 Jun 1825. Pring is writing about his son Ellis Roberts Pring, and in particular the costs of his education. He has recently received a bill for his board and lodgings, which he cannot pay. To save money, he asks that his son can live with his elder brother, Isaac, who is a member of Christ Church.
Fol. 22: Letter from William Buckler (d. 1876; Ch. 1824–9; Clerk 1828–33; matr. 1828).
Fol. 22: Letter from William Buckler (address, Ilchester) to Joseph Corfe, 1 Jan 1853. Buckler supplies biographical material about himself for John Bloxam’s register.
Fol. 23: Letter concerning William Hill (Ch. 1824–31).
Fol. 23: Note from Mary Hill appointing one Mr. North to receive an exhibition from Magdalen College on behalf of her son William Hill, 3 Oct 1832. On the back of this is a draft note from Martin Routh apologising to the Duchess of Kent that he is prevented by a cold from meeting her.
Fol. 24: Letter from Richard Donald Harris (Ch. 1827–35).
Fol. 24: Letter from Richard Donald Harris (address, Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey) to Martin Routh, 10 Dec 1841. Harris would like to return to Magdalen to continue his studies, and wonders whether he could be appointed to a bible clerkship (he was not).
Fols. 25–26: Letters from and concerning Charles Lockey (Ch. 1828–36).
Fol. 25: Letter from A. Lockey (address, 97 Holywell Street, Oxford) to Martin Routh, 17 Jan 1843. Lockey asks Routh to send a testimonial about his son Charles Lockey to the Dean and Canons of St. Paul’s, as he is applying to be appointed a Lay Vicar there.
Fol. 26: Letter from Charles Lockey (address, Lavender Hill, Wandsworth, Surrey) to Benjamin Blyth, 18 June 1853. Lockey sends Blyth biographical material about himself, presumably for John Bloxam’s register. This shows that his application in 1843 for a post at St. Paul’s was successful.
Fol. 27: Letter concerning William Henry Birt (Ch. 1828–33).
Fol. 27: Letter from John Birt (address, Oxford) to an unnamed addressee (probably Martin Routh), 30 Jun 1827. Birt (who is currently a Master at King’s School, Canterbury), writes to Routh to recommend his second son William Henry Birt for a Choristership.
Fol. 28: Letter concerning William Attree Fuller (Ch. 1829–37).
Fol. 28: Letter from S. N. Blagden (address, Westdean, Midhurst) to Martin Routh, 28 Dec 1826. Blagden writes to recommend William Attree Fuller, a son of his younger sister, for Choristership.
Fol. 29: Letter concerning George Augustus Lohr (Ch. 1829–35).
Fol. 29: Letter from Zechariah Buck (1798–1879, organist of Norwich Cathedral 1819–77; address, Upper Close, Norwich) to Martin Routh, 15 Mar (year not given; probably 1845). Buck writes about George Augustus Lohr, who, since leaving Magdalen, has spent nine years at Norwich. Buck would now like Lohr to get an appointment at Magdalen. He understands that the current organist of Magdalen, Walter Vicary is very ill (he died in May 1845); if this is so, then he warmly recommends Lohr as his successor.
Fol. 30: Letter concerning Nathan Baly (Ch. 1830–5).
Fol. 30: Letter from George Innes (D. 1781–8; F. 1788–93; address, College Warwick) to Martin Routh, 20 Nov 1828. Innes thanks Routh for his encouraging reply to his request to grant a Choristership to Nathan Baly.
Fols. 31–32: Letters concerning Octavius Arthur Hodgson (Ch. 1830–6; Cl. 1836–41; matr. 1836). See also loose document no. 9 below.
Fol. 31: Letter from Charles Henry Hodgson (address, Close, Sarum) to Martin Routh, 28 Jun 1830. Hodgson thanks Routh for making his son Octavius Arthur Hodgson a Chorister at Magdalen.
Fol. 32: Letter from Charles Henry Hodgson (address, Close, Sarum) to Martin Routh, 4 May 1836. Hodgson thanks Routh for appointing his son Octavius a Clerk at Magdalen.
Fol. 33: Document concerning Augustus Drake (Ch. 1831–6; matr. Gonville and Caius, Cantab. 1843).
Fol. 33: Scrap of paper giving biographical details of Augustus Drake. Presumably this was prepared by or for Drake to provide information on himself for Bloxam’s register.
Fol. 34: Letter concerning Alfred Gott Woolward (d. 1873; Ch. 1833–7; Cl. 1837–41; matr. 1837). See also loose document no. 10 below.
Fol. 34: Letter from Sir Francis Burdett (1770–1844, politician; address, St. James’s Place) to Martin Routh, 6 Jul 1830. Burdett recommends to Routh for a Choristership Alfred Gott Woolward, whose father is a naval officer injured at the Battle of the Nile. He hopes that they will meet soon.
Fol. 35: Letter concerning Samuel Martin Edwards (Ch. 1833–5).
Fol. 35: Letter from S. Price Edwards, collector of customs at Yarmouth (address, Bromston Hall, Suffolk), to Martin Routh, 25 Aug 1835. Edwards discusses his son Samuel Martin Edwards, who has been a Chorister at Magdalen for two years. Unfortunately, Edwards is not at all impressed by his son’s progress under the teaching of George Grantham (D. 1798–1809; F. 1809–40; Usher of MCS 1801–40), and has decided to withdraw him from the school.
Fol. 36: Letter concerning Fraser John Fletcher (d. 1845; Ch. 1833–42).
Fol. 36: Letter from Richard Fletcher (address, Oxford), to Martin Routh, 5 May 1844. Fletcher notes that his son Fraser John Fletcher has now twice applied unsuccessfully for a Demyship at Magdalen, and asks that he can now be given the Clerkship which was promised him.
Fols. 37–38: Letters concerning James Elwin Millard (1823–94; Ch. 1834–41; D. 1842–53; F. 1853–65; Master of MCS 1846–64).
Fol. 37: Letter from Charles Sutton (address, Norwich) to Martin Routh, 24 Dec 1833. Sutton is delighted to hear that one of the sons of his friend Millard, namely James Elwin Millard, is on the list to be appointed a Chorister at Magdalen, and praises Millard’s family. He wonders whether Richard Heber’s will has been found, and passes on news of Routh’s (unnamed) sister.
Fol. 38: Letter from Allen Whitmore Lechmere, perpetual curate of Brockhampton, Herefordshire (address, Founhope) to the President and Fellows of Magdalen College, 19 Jul 1842. Lechmer recommends James Millard for a Demyship at Magdalen.
Fol. 39: Letter concerning Benjamin Blyth (d. 1883; Ch. 1835–41; matr. Magd. 1841; Cl. 1842–5; Organist 1845–60).
Fol. 39: Letter from Benjamin Blyth (address, Richmond) to Martin Routh, 27 Feb 1840. Blyth is writing about his son Benjamin Blyth. He is grateful for the favour shown his son so far, and discusses his progress. Now he wonders whether an opening could be found for his younger son.
Fol. 40: Letter from John Walker Knight (matr 1845, Ch. 1835–44; D. 1845–9; F. 1849–66).
Fol. 40: Letter in Latin from John Walker Knight (no address given) to Martin Routh, undated (1845?). Knight thanks Routh for an unnamed honour; the context (and the use of Latin) suggests that he has just been made a Demy.
Fol. 41: Letter concerning John Marklove (Ch. 1836–41).
Fol. 41: Letter from Sir Francis Burdett (no address given) to Martin Routh, undated. He writes to recommend John Marklove for a Choristership.
Fols. 42 & 44: Letters concerning and from William Cooke (d. 1881; Ch. 1837–45; Cl. 1845–54; matr. 1845).
Fol. 42: Letter from Vaughan Thomas (matr. Oriel 1792; Fellow of Corpus Christi to 1812; address, Holywell) to Martin Routh, 9 Feb 1837. Thomas keenly recommends William Cooke for a Choristership. On the back of the letter Routh has drafted a reply agreeing to place Cooke on the list for Choristerships.
Fol. 43: Letter concerning Henry Lee Smith (Ch. 1838–42).
Fol. 43: Letter from Thomas B. Smith (address, Devizes) to Martin Routh, 8 Apr 1840. Smith writes about his son Henry Lee Smith, who has been seriously ill, and been granted leave of absence. His son is still not fully recovered, and so Smith asks for his son to be allowed to convalesce a little longer.
Fol. 44: Letter from William Cooke (address, Magdalen) to an unnamed addressee, 10 Oct 1853. On the death of George Brown (Chaplain 1831–53), which occurred on 8 April, Cooke has written to the President asking to be appointed Chaplain in his place. He was told that his voice was not good enough for the post, but now Dr. Elvey (Sir George Elvey, 1816–93; organist and composer) and Benjamin Blyth are willing to speak up for him (but he was still not appointed).
Fols. 45–46: Letters concerning Frederick Weichsel Gutteridge (Ch. 1841–7). See also loose documents nos. 14–15 below.
Fol. 45: Letter from the Master of the Household (address, Buckingham Palace) to Martin Routh, 7 Jan 1839. The Master recommends Frederick Weichsel Gutteridge, the son of the Queen’s Organist at Brighton, for a Choristership.
Fol. 46: Letter from Lady Mary Pelham (address, Parham) to Martin Routh, 12 Jan 1839. Pelham writes at the request of Princess Augusta likewise to recommend Frederick Gutteridge for a Choristership.
Fols. 47–48: Letters concerning John Budgen Ward (Ch. 1842–50; matr. Trinity College Dublin 1853).
Fol. 47: Letter from Francis Knyvett Leighton (D. 1823–9; address, Great Ilford, Essex) to Martin Routh, 23 Nov 1840. Leighton recommends John Budgen Ward for a Choristership, describing his family’s straitened circumstances. Routh has written a draft reply at the bottom of the letter agreeing to add Ward’s name to the list of Choristers.
Fol. 48: Letter from Robert Harrison (address, 1 Herne Street, Dublin) to Martin Routh, 8 Sep 1844. Harrison reports that he has been attending John Ward, who has been dangerously ill with rheumatism and fever. Ward’s condition has now improved, but Harrison advises that he should not be moved for another fortnight.
Fol. 49: Letter concerning Frederick Thomas William Wintle (Ch. 1842–7; Cl. 1849–54; matr. 1849).
Fol. 49: Letter from Vaughan Thomas (see fol. 42 above; address, Lady Silvester’s, 30 Bloomsbury Square) to Martin Routh, 20 Aug 1841. Thomas recommends Frederick Thomas William Wintle for a Choristership. His father is the director of the Warneford Asylum. Thomas reports that George Vicary thinks that young Wintle has a good voice.
Fols. 50–51: Letters concerning and from Thomas Knight (Ch. 1842–9).
Fol. 50: Letter from Richard Walker (D. 1812–21; F. 1824–47; Master 1828–44; address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, 17 Mar 1842. Walker passes on the gratitude of the father of Thomas Knight, who is surgeon to the Duke of Buckingham, for Routh’s intention to make his son a Chorister. He regrets that young Knight did not acquit himself very well at his audition, as he was suffering from nerves.
Fol. 51: Letter from Thomas Knight (address, Brill, near Thame, Oxon.) to Martin Routh, 3 Aug 1853. Knight explains to Routh that his father has died after falling from his horse, and his family is now in difficult circumstances. He therefore asks whether Routh would be willing to place his youngest brother, now aged 9, onto the list of Choristers.
Fols. 52–53: Letters concerning Arthur Henry Faber (Ch. 1842–3; matr. New College 1849).
Fol. 52: Letter from Francis Faber (F. 1833–45; address not given) to Martin Routh, undated (c. 1842?). Faber asks that his nephew Arthur Henry Faber might be appointed a Chorister. His father lives in India, and all his sons, having been born out there, are ineligible for almost every scholarship in Oxford.
Fol. 53: Letter from Francis Faber (address not given) to Martin Routh, undated (c. 1842?). Faber confirms that his nephew has a good name for scholarship.
Fols. 54–55: Letters concerning Henry Bennett Relton (d. 1850; Ch. 1842–7).
Fol. 54: Letter from John Rudge Relton (address, Kemerton, Tewkesbury) to Martin Routh, 18 Jul 1837. Relton thanks Routh for offering a Choristership to his son Henry Bennett Relton. Unfortunately, his son has just fallen badly ill, and he asks whether his son can remain for now under the care of his existing doctors.
Fol. 55: Letter from John Rudge Relton (address, St. Omer) to Martin Routh, 4 Sep 1843. Relton encloses a letter from Hannah Baverstock in which she asks for a Choristership for one of her sons, but also expresses his pleasure at his own son’s good academic progress.
Fol. 56: Letter concerning Robert Ives (Ch. 1843–6).
Fol. 56: Letter from George Vicary (O. 1797–1845; no address given) to Martin Routh (no address given), 17 May 1843. Vicary reports on Robert Ives, and declares his voice and ear very good.
Fol. 57: Letter concerning Edward Hill (Ch. 1843–9; D. 1849–65).
Fol. 57: Draft letter from Martin Routh to Richard Sibthorp (D. 1810–18; F. 1818–41), undated, but written on the back of part of a letter postmarked 11 Oct 1842. Routh agrees to put an unnamed lad, recommended by Sibthorp, on the list of Choristers. At the top of the letter, Bloxam has identified the lad as Edward Hill.
Fol. 58: Letter concerning Edmund Hillier (Ch. 1843–8).
Fol. 58: Letter from James Radford (Rector of Lincoln College 1834–51; address, Lincoln College) to Martin Routh, 9 Dec 1842. Radford recommends to Routh Edmund Hillier, the son of the recently deceased cook at Lincoln College, for a Choristership.
Fol. 58a: Letter from Walter Currer Holiwell (Ch. 1844–50). See also loose documents nos. 16–17 below.
Fol. 58a: Letter from Walter Currer Holiwell (no address given) to an unnamed address, undated. Holiwell encloses the text of a play he has written (lost).
Fol. 59: Letter concerning Edward Owen (b. 1839; Ch. from 1846).
Fol. 59: Letter from Edward South Thurlow (1764–1847; matr. 1781; address, Norwich) to Martin Routh, 4 Apr 1843. Thurlow recommends for a Choristership Edward Owen (Ch. from 1846), the son of a surgeon and apothecary at Oxford, who has recently lost his wife. See MC:PR30/1/C2/13 Fols. 2–17 for other letters from Thurlow.
Fol. 60: Letter concerning Henry Homer Page b. 1844; (Ch. from 1853). See also loose document no. 37 below.
Fol. 60: Letter from Luke Flood Page (address, Woolpit Parsonage, Suffolk) to Martin Routh, 12 Dec 1851. Page thanks Routh for putting the name of his son Henry Homer Page onto the list of Choristers.
Fols. 61–66: Letters concerning William Jerome Burdett (b. 1841; Ch. from 1853; matr. St. Edmund Hall 1860). Burdett was the dedicatee of Volume I of John Bloxam’s Register.
Fol. 61: Letter from John H. Burgess (address, 7 New Square, Lincolns Inn) to Martin Routh, 7 Oct 1851. Burgess has been appointed guardian to the children of Sir Charles Burdett, now that their mother has died, but they have almost no provision. He therefore wonders whether Routh could consider appointing the youngest son, William Jerome Burdett to a Choristership.
Fol. 62: First page only of a letter from Angela Burdett Coutts (address, Stratton Street) to Martin Routh, 16 Dec 1851. Burdett Coutts likewise asks Routh to consider giving a Choristership to William Burdett (who was a distant cousin).
Fol. 63: Letter from Angela Burdett Coutts (address, Conkill [?] Bank) to Martin Routh, 18 Jul 1853. Burdett Coutts is delighted that William Burdett has been given a Choristership. She is shortly to visit the grandchildren of the Duke of Wellington.
Fol. 64: Letter from Angela Burdett Coutts (address, Conkill [?] Bank) to Martin Routh, 25 Jul 1853. Burdett Coutts once again thanks Routh for helping Wiliam Burdett.
Fol. 65: Letter from Angela Burdett Coutts (address, Bedford Hotel, Brighton) to Martin Routh, 7 Jan 1854. Routh has evidently agreed to help Burdett Coutts restore the church where the Duke of Wellington worshipped as a boy, and she asks for his details to go on a list of subscribers. She wonders about sending young Burdett (here called “Jerome”) a twelfth night cake.
Fol. 66: Letter from Angela Burdett Coutts (address illegible) to Eliza Routh, 18 Feb 1854. She is glad that the President approved of her sending Jerome Burdett a cake.
Fol. 67: Letter concerning George Gordon Wilder (b. 1845; Ch. from 1853).
Fol. 67: Letter from John Macmahon Wilder (address, Brandeston, Attlebridge) to Martin Routh, 28 Feb 1853. Wilder understands that Routh has agreed to add one of his sons, George Gordon Wilder, to the list of Choristers, and expresses his gratitude for this, as he does not have the means to give his sons a good education.
Fol. 68: Document concerning George Johnson Fookes (b. 1842; Ch. from 1853).
Fol. 68:Extract in an unknown hand from the Moniteur (presumably the Moniteur universel) of 2 October 1853, of an article taken from the Gazette d’Augsburg. The article reports that Martin Routh has just celebrated his 99th [recte 98th] birthday, and has appointed a chorister someone whose grandfather he appointed to the same post sixty years ago. The chorister is identified by John Bloxam as George Johnson Fookes (Ch. from 1853), but Bloxam does not name his grandfather; presumably it was his maternal grandfather, because no Chorister called Fookes was admitted in the 1790s.
Fol. 69: Letter concerning William Boultbee Whall (b. 1846; Ch. from 1854).
Fol. 69: Letter from William Whall (Thurning Rectory) to John Bloxam Saturday 11 February (1854). Whall hopes to call on Bloxam shortly to discuss the vacant Choristership which Martin Routh has agreed to offer to one of his children. The son chosen was William Boultbee Whall.
Fols. 70–71: Letters concerning William Philpott (b. 1844; Ch. 1855–60; Cl. 1863–6; matr. 1863).
Fol. 70: Letter from Henry Charles Philpott (address, Severn Stoke) to an unnamed addressee (John Bloxam?), 19 Feb 1855. Philpott expresses his pleasure that the President (now Frederic Bulley) has put down the name of one of his sons as a candidate for a Choristership. This was William Philpott.
Fol. 71: Letter from John Knott (address, Kenilworth, Warwickshire) to John Bloxam, 29 Jan 1855. Knott requests on behalf of the Philpotts that Bloxam can put in a good word for William Philpott’s candidature.
Fol. 72: Letter concerning John Dynham (b. 1849; Ch. from 1857). See also loose document no. 45 below.
Fol. 72: Letter from Anne Dynham (address, Wantage) to an unnamed addressee (John Bloxam?), 12 Jun 1855. Dynham sends Bloxam circulars about a girls’ school at Wantage which is run by lay sisters there, and which needs some more financial support. She hopes to have a son of hers made a Chorister (and a John Dynham was appointed a Chorister in 1857).
Fol. 73: Letter about the Choristers in general.
Fol. 73: Letter from Thomas Collins (F. 1805–16; address, Knaresborough) to the Bursar of Magdalen College (who he thinks is Frederic Bulley), 25 Jul 1853. When Collins was visiting Magdalen he noticed that in the Choristers’ playground there was no space for a blank wall on which to play fives. He recommends that the College do something about it, now that they have got a new school room and a good Master. He would be happy to make a contribution to such a project.
The following items were found loose at the end of this book:
No. 1: Letter concerning Ezekiel Hopkins (1634–90; Ch. 1648–53; Usher 1655–6; Chaplain 1656–8).
No. 1: Letter from Maurice (initials illegible; address, South Grove) to John Bloxam, 1 Jan 1856. Maurice has visited an unnamed church for Bloxam in search of a monument for Bishop Hopkins (Ezekiel Hopkins; Ch. 1648–53; Usher 1655–6; Chaplain 1656–8), but he could not find it, or find anyone who knew about it. Hopkins was buried at St. Mary Aldermanbury, London, so perhaps this was the church in question.
No. 2: Notes concerning Thomas Drake (Ch. 1707–11; D. 1711–21).
No. 2: Notes taken from the catalogue of music at Durham Cathedral, headed “Thomas Drake”, and dated 18 May 1868. There is no mention in Bloxam’s entry on him of Drake having had a link with Durham.
No. 3: Letter concerning John Walker (d. 1807; Ch. 1761–72; Cl. 1772–6).
No. 3: Letter from Trivet Allcock (address, Sourbland, Norwich) to John Bloxam, 1 Sep 1860. Allcock sends Bloxam the text of the memorial to mark the grave of John Walker (Ch. 1761–72; Cl. 1772–6) at Norwich Cathedral.
No. 4: Letter concerning Arthur Homer (Ch. 1765–72; D. 1775–82; F. 1782–1802). See also MC:PR30/1/C2/6 Fols. 27–46 for other letters from and about this correspondent..
No. 4: Letter from Susanna E. Page (address, Woolpit) to John Bloxam, 29 Feb 1852. Page’s mother, Mrs. Cobbold (née Homer) cannot remember who wrote the epitaph for her brother Arthur Homer at Standlake, but thinks it was her brother Philip (D. 1783–1802; F. 1802–6). She herself reminisces about her grandfather Henry Homer (D. 1737–47), and her two uncles.
No. 5: Letter from George Valentine Cox (1786–1875; Ch. 1793–1802; Cl. 1803–7).
No. 5: Letter from George Valentine Cox (Ch. 1793–1802; Cl. 1803–7; address, 34 High Street) to John Bloxam, 19 Jan 1859. Cox agrees to send a photograph of himself for the Magdalen Common Room.
Nos. 6–7: Letter from and document concerning James William Graves (Ch. 1798–1803).
No. 6: Letter from James William Graves (Ch. 1798–1803; address, 47 Wellclose Square) to John Bloxam, 26 Nov 1855. Graves will call for an unspecified portrait. He regrets that he was unable to published his account of his travels (A Synopsis of forty years’ adventurous Travel) at the start of the Crimean War, but he has not yet got enough subscribers for the purpose.
No. 7: Printed handbill advertising the services of John William Graves’s British and Foreign Medical Institution, n.d.
No. 8: Letter concerning Robert Francis Walker (d. 1854; Ch. 1800–6; Cl. 1806–12).
No. 8: Letter from Thomas Collins (F. 1805–16; address, Knaresborough) to John Bloxam, 8 Feb 1862. Collins has been given a profile of Robert Francis Walker (Ch. 1800–6; Cl. 1806–12) which he sends Bloxam. It was drawn by John Page of Brasenose. Collins remembers Walker’s later life, in which he developed Calvanistic tendencies.
No. 9: Letter from Octavius Arthur Hodgson (Ch. 1830–6; Cl. 1836–41; matr. 1836). See also Fols. 31–32 above.
No. 9: Letter from Octavius Arthur Hodgson (address, Dething, Maidstone, Kent) to John Bloxam, 22 Oct 1859. Hodgson agrees to come and preach in Oxford on St. Thomas’s Day.
No. 10: Letter from Alfred Gott Woolward (d. 1873; Ch. 1833–7; Cl. 1837–41). See also fol. 34 above.
No. 10: Letter from Alfred Gott Woolward (address, Little Gaddedon, Berkhampstead) to John Bloxam, 29 Oct 1859. Woolward discusses arrangements for him to preach at St. Mary’s (the University Church?).
No. 11: Letter to Richard Humphrey Hill (Ch. 1834–42; D. 1842–51; Master of MCS 1864–76).
No. 11: Letter from John Bloxam (address, Beeding Rectory, Hurstpierpoint) to Richard Humphrey Hill (Ch. 1834–42; D. 1842–51; Master of MCS 1864–76), 12 Dec 1865. Bloxam discusses Dr. Sheppard’s exhibition for Choristers, and the creation of payments to former choristers. He recently attended a performance of Hamlet at Lancing College, which he much enjoyed, and talks about preparations for Christmas in his parish (which include setting up a Christmas tree and gifts of alcohol).
No. 12: Letter from Richard Zouche Walker (b. 1829; Ch. 1835–46; D. 1846–56; F. 1856–62).
No. 12: Letter from Richard Zouche Walker (Ch. 1835–46; D. 1846–56; F. 1856–62; address, Boyton Rectory, Heytesbury) to John Bloxam, 3 Jan 1862. Walker sends Bloxam some corrigenda to put in a volume of sermons which he has published.
No. 13: Letter concerning John William Cattle (Ch. 1836–45; Cl. 1848–55).
No. 13: Letter from H. Aldham (name uncertain; address Stoke Prior Vicarage, W. Bromsgrove) to John Bloxam, 8 Feb 1856. The writer has been asked to write a testimonial for John William Cattle for him to take orders. At Cattle’s request, the writer now asks Bloxam for his assessment of Cattle as a potential clergyman.
Nos. 14–15: Letters from and concerning Frederick Weichsel Gutteridge (Ch. 1841–7). See also fols. 45–46 above.
No. 14: Sheet with copies of two letters from Martin Routh to William Gutteridge, Her Majesty’s Organist, Brighton, Sussex, dated 8 and 22 Mar 1841. Routh had received a request from Princess Augusta to place a son of Gutteridge’s in the choir but he had been unable to do so, until now, when a vacancy has arisen. The son was Frederick Weichsel Gutteridge.
No. 15: Letter from Frederick Weichsel Gutteridge (Ch. 1841–7; address, Brighton, 8 Pavilion Buildings) to John Bloxam, 11 Jan 1856. Gutteridge has met his old friend James Elwin Millard (Ch. 1834–41; D. 1842–53; F. 1853–65; Master of MCS 1846–64), and been hearing about Magdalen College School. He has heard of Bloxam’s register of choristers, and would like to obtain a copy, as he has happy memories of his time in the choir and of Bloxam’s kindness to him.
Nos. 16–17: Letters from Walter Currer Holiwell (Ch. 1844–50). See also Fol. 58a above.
No. 16: Letter from Walter Currer Holiwell (Ch. 1844–50; address, Rearsby, Leicester) to John Bloxam, 17 Apr (year not given). Holiwell reports on his recent activities: having got his degree from Durham, he is now working as a tutor, and enjoying his life. He hopes to visit Oxford soon.
No. 17: Letter from Walter Currer Holiwell (address, Rearsby) to John Bloxam, 24 Apr (year not given). Holiwell sends Bloxam some Latin essays and letters. He has revisited Rugby, and has also purchased a photograph of Bloxam himself, which greatly pleases him.
Nos. 18–22: Letters from Frederick John Sutton (b. 1837; Ch. from 1845).
No. 18: Letter from Frederick John Sutton (address, Ilminster) to John Bloxam, “Thursday” (1855?). Sutton is going to Wincanton to meet his brother who has arrived from Calcutta, and hopes to come on to Oxford to see Bloxam. He guesses that the new President must have made some changes.
No. 19: Letter from Frederick John Sutton (Ch. from 1845; address, Wincanton) to John Bloxam, “Sunday” (c. 1855?). Sutton looks forward to meeting Bloxam in Oxford, and hearing the new organ (installed in 1855). He wonders what Magdalen must be like with 36 Commoners.
No. 20: Letter from Frederick John Sutton (address, Great Bridge) to John Bloxam, 23 Mar. Sutton intended to catch the train for Oxford on Thursday morning.
No. 21: Letter from Frederick John Sutton (address, Wincanton) to John Bloxam, 3 Jun 1855. He is amused to hear tales of “Little Rugby” (a jocular name for Magdalen College School?), and the misbehaviour of boys there. He also longs to listen to the new organ, of which he has heard good things. He has also heard from his younger brother.
No. 22: Letter from Frederick John Sutton (address, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, EC) to John Bloxam, 27 Mar (year not given). Suttons asks for news of Magdalen, and regrets that he does not have the time to visit. He mentions meeting Sir Frederick Ouseley on a train journey.
No. 23: Letter from Charles Henry Haden (b. 1837; Ch. 1846–53).
No. 23: Letter (2 sheets, of which half of the second appears to be missing) from Charles Henry Haden (address, Ettapolla [in Sri Lanka]) to John Bloxam, 8 Nov 1857. Haden thanks Bloxam for his letter, and passes on news of his family. He remembers fondly the visits which they made to Brighton and the Rhine. He is sorry to hear that Benjamin Blyth (Ch. 1835–41; matr. Magd. 1841; Cl. 1842–5; Organist 1845–60) has had an accident, as he is very grateful to him for his music teaching. He reports on life in Ceylon, at a time when the Indian Mutiny is at its height.
No. 24: Letter from William Sanders (d. 1869; Ch. 1846–50; Cl. 1850–7).
No. 24: Letter from William Sanders (address, Christ Church) to John Bloxam, 20 May 1859. Sanders expresses regret that he has thanked Bloxam for the kindness he showed him at Magdalen, and that he might have forfeited Bloxam’s good opinion of him.
Nos. 25–26: Letters from Arthur Henry Giles (b. 1839; Ch. 1849–53).
No. 25: Letter from Arthur Henry Giles (address Rectory, Perivale near Ealing) to John Bloxam, undated. Giles asks Bloxam to send him a testimonial as to his character. He is going to be examined by the local marine board, and needs one.
No. 26: Letter from Arthur Henry Giles (address Perivale) to John Bloxam, undated. Giles thanks Bloxam for giving him a testimonial.
Nos. 27–35: Letters from Thomas William Hansell (Ch. 1849–57).
No. 27: Letter from Thomas William Hansell (address, The Close, Norwich) to John Bloxam, 11 May 1859. Hansell is glad that Bloxam liked the photograph which he sent him. He also seeks advice on an appropriate hotel in London for his parents to stay in.
No. 28: Letter from Thomas William Hansell (address, The Close, Norwich) to John Bloxam, 24 Jun 1859. Hansell passes on news of his family, and teases Bloxam on his mock horror at seeing in The Times that day that Bloxam is a member of the committee to support W. E. Gladstone’s election as MP for the University of Oxford.
No. 29: Letter from Thomas William Hansell (address, The Close, Norwich) to John Bloxam, 2 Dec 1859. Hansell thanks Bloxam for sending him a copy of his latest volume (of his Register).
No. 30: Letter from Thomas William Hansell (address, The Close, Norwich) to John Bloxam, undated (1859). Hansell is pleased to hear that Millard took his DD (which he did in 1859). He hears that Bloxam has been to look at a living in Nottinghamshire, but rather hopes that he will not take it. He jokes that there is a lady in Oxford who would gladly marry Bloxam.
No. 31: Letter from Thomas William Hansell (address, The Close, Norwich) to John Bloxam, 28 Apr 1860. Hansell sends Bloxam another photograph. His sister is collecting autographs, so wonders whether Bloxam has any autographs of “cardinals or other swells” which he could give him. He begs Bloxam not to take a living, as he is the last of the old set of Magdalen who loved the old President.
No. 32: Letter from Thomas William Hansell (address, The Close, Norwich) to John Bloxam, 21 Nov 1860. Hansell recalls a visit to Radley to see a play there. He is pleased to hear that the windows are almost up in Chapel, and urges Bloxam to vote for Monier Williams in the Sanskrit Professorship.
No. 33: Letter from Thomas William Hansell (address, The Close, Norwich) to John Bloxam, 17 Dec 1861. Hansell has to decline an invitation from Bloxam to attend Christmas Eve at Magdalen. He continues to regret Bloxam’s decision to move to a College living.
No. 34: Letter (2 sheets) from Thomas William Hansell (address, The Close, Norwich) to John Bloxam, 23 Oct 1862. Hansell is pleased to receive a letter from Bloxam, and, recalls with pleasure his visit to Bloxam’s rooms, while regretting his departure from Magdalen to take a College living.
No. 35: Letter from Thomas William Hansell (address not given) to John Bloxam, undated. Hansell thanks Bloxam for an invitation for dinner, which he accepts.
No. 36: Letter from Hugh Redmond Morres (b. 1838; Ch. 1849–55; Cl. 1857–63; matr. 1858).
No. 36: Letter from Hugh Redmond Morres (Ch. 1849–55; Cl. 1857–63; address not given) to John Bloxam, 30 Jul (year not given). Morres regrets that he will be unable to visit Bloxam at Brighton at the time suggested, as he has to play a cricket match; but hopes that they can meet soon.
No. 37: Letter from Henry Homer Page (b. 1844; Ch. from 1853). See also Fol. 60 above.
No. 37: Letter from Henry Homer Page (Ch. from 1853; address, Woolpit Rectory, Suffolk) to an unnamed addressee (probably John Bloxam), undated (c. 1862?). Page wishes Bloxam a happy Christmas. He was surprised that Bloxam has taken a living (Bloxam was appointed to Beeding in 1862), and hopes that he will like it.
Nos. 38–39: Letters concerning Henry Schneider (b. 1843; Ch. from 1854).
No. 38: Letter from Henry Schneider (Ch. from 1854; address Carlton Scroop, Grantham) to John Bloxam, 2 Aug 1858. Schneider reports to Bloxam that he has got home safely, and thanks him for his kindness during his visit to Brighton.
No. 39: Letter from Henry Schneider (address Carlton Scroop) to John Bloxam, 3 Jan 1860. Schneider asks Bloxam to forward home some papers which he left behind at Oxford.
Nos. 40–44: Letters from or concerning Henry Chittenden Rogers (b. 1845; Ch. from 1856).
No. 40: Letter from Margaret Knapp Rogers (address 13 Upper College Green) to John Bloxam, 15 Jul 1855. Roberts encloses a copy of a letter to her from Frederic Bulley explaining that there is no immediate possibility of an opening for her son. She herself reports that John Corfe at Bristol Cathedral and his brother at Christ Church both think her son has musical potential, and, because she is a cousin of Frederic Bulley, would like her son to go to Magdalen.
No. 41: Letter from Margaret Knapp Rogers (address 13 Upper College Green) to John Bloxam, 3 Oct 1855. Rogers hopes to visit him at Oxford shortly with her son. She encloses a copy of a testimonial as to his voice from John Corfe, the Organist of Bristol Cathedral. The letter also reveals that she is a cousin of Frederick Bulley.
No. 42: Letter from Frederic Bulley (no address given) to John Bloxam, undated (1855/6?). Bulley has had a good report on Henry Roger’s voice and ear, and has no objection to his being appointed a chorister.
No. 43: Letter from Margaret Knapp Rogers (address not given) to John Bloxam, Festival of St. Matthias (24 Feb) 1856. Rogers expresses her pleasure that her son has now been appointed a Chorister at Magdalen.
No. 44: Letter from Henry Chittenden Rogers (address, Yarmouth Villa, Wellington Park) to John Bloxam, undated (late 1850s). Rogers thanks Bloxam for sending him a present. He also reports that he is recovering from well from his illness.
No. 45: Letter concerning John Dynham (b. 1849; Ch. from 1857). See also fol. 72 above.
No. 45: Letter from Anne Dynham (address, Wantage) to John Bloxam, 23 Apr 1855. Dynham discusses her son John (Ch. from 1857), in whom President Routh had taken an interest. He is only six years old, but she hopes that the promise made by Dr. Routh that an opening would be found for him when he is old enough will be confirmed (it was).
No. 46: Letter concerning Henry Mitford Faber (b. 1851; Ch. from 1860).
No. 46: Letter from Francis Atkinson Faber (F. 1833–45; address, Saunderton Rectory) to John Bloxam, 27 Dec (no year given; 1861/2?). Faber thanks Bloxam for helping his son get home after Christmas (this must be Henry Mitford Faber), and reflects on the news that Bloxam has decided to accept the living of Beeding. He fears that the Choir will never have such a patron again.
No. 47: Document concerning the new hall for Magdalen College School.
No. 47: Three copies of an order of service for the laying of the foundation stone for the new hall for Magdalen College School (now the New Library), 19 Sep 1849.
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