MC:PR30/1/C2/9 Letters from Demies elected 1793-9
Guardbook bound in dark green covers, with “Letters from Demies 1793 1799” on the spine. This guardbook contains letters from and concerning Demies elected between 1793 and 1799. It also includes those Demies who were later elected Fellows.
Fols. 1–5: Letters from and about John Goldesborough (d. 1846; D. 1793–1805; F. 1805–12).
Fol. 1: Draft letter (written on the back of a note dated 28 Mar 1798 giving the date of a meeting of the Delegates of the University Press) from Martin Routh to an unnamed addressee, undated. Routh recommends to his correspondent, as he had done to Dr. Parr, John Goldesborough, who has missed out on a Fellowship at Magdalen. Routh wonders whether this correspondent can put in a good word for him at Oriel.
Fol. 2: Letter from John Goldesborough (address, Discove near Bruton) to Martin Routh, 9 Jul 1821. Goldesborough undertakes to come and vote for Richard Heber.
Fol. 3: Letter from John Goldesborough (address, Discove near Bruton) to Martin Routh, 20 Jul 1833. Goldesborough recommends to Routh a Mr. Phelps of Wadham College for a vacant Demyship. Phelps had been educated at the Free School at Bruton (he was not elected). He also sends Routh a draft inscription to go on the gateway of their school, and seeks Routh’s opinion. Routh has written an amended version on the letter.
Fol. 4: Letter from John Goldesborough (address, Oxford) to Martin Routh, 28 Sep 1833. Goldesborough thanks Routh for his emended inscription for Bruton School. He is passing through Oxford, and was sorry to find that he had just missed Routh. On the back of this letter is a draft note from Routh, apparently to another correspondent.
Fol. 5: Letter from John Goldesborough (address, Discove near Bruton) to Martin Routh, 15 Jul 1837. Goldesborough writes in recommendation of a Mr. Ridout for a Demyship at Magdalen. Ridout had been at Bruton School (but was not elected).
Fol. 6: Letter from Edward Henry Hesledon (d. 1828; D. 1793–8; F. 1798–1803).
Fol. 6: Letter from Edward Henry Hesledon (address, Barton) to Martin Routh, 19 Jan 1802. Hesledon has been asked to become Dean of Magdalen, but regrets that he must refuse, as he is unable to leave his parish duties.
Fols. 7–9: Letters from and concerning Marmaduke Hervey Matthews (d. 1855; D. 1793–1806; F. 1806–17).
Fol. 7: Letter from William Russell (D. 1804–15; F. 1815–31; address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, postmarked 27 Apr 1817. Russell sends Routh the texts of letters written between him and Marmaduke Hervey Matthews. Russell accuses Matthews of disgraceful conduct (see Fol. 8 below), and urges him to resign his post in the College to avoid any trouble. After a degree of browbeating, Matthews agrees to resign his Fellowship by 1 May. Russell also reports that citations were served on Matthews by the Vice-Chancellor’s Court, but that he had decamped on the coach to Worcester.
Fol. 8: Text of a resolution passed by the President and Officers, 27 Jun 1817. The resolution is in an unknown hand; the MS is dated and annotated by Routh himself. This motion reports that Matthews was accused of living with a woman “of bad reputation”, but that they agreed not to press matters further so long as he resigned his Fellowship, which he did.
Fol. 9: Letter from Marmaduke Hervey Matthews (no address given) to Martin Routh, 15 May 1817. Matthews formally resigns his Fellowship at Magdalen.
Fols. 10–13: Letters from and concerning Philip Le Geyt (d. 1847; D. 1793–8; F. 1798–1801).
Fol. 10. Letter from James Buller (address, Downes, near Crediton) to Martin Routh, 19 Oct 1792. Buller writes in support of the candidature of Philip Le Geyt for a Demyship at Magdalen. He reports that his father was a friend of George Horne (this application was successful).
Fol. 11: Letter from E. Routh (one of Routh’s sisters; address, Norwich) to Martin Routh, 9 June (postmarked 1793). Miss Routh sends her brother an extract from another letter written in support of Le Geyt’s candidature for a Demyship. She and another (unnamed) sister hope to travel to Oxford shortly to see their brother.
Fol. 12: Letter from James Buller (address, Downes) to Martin Routh, 16 Jun 1793. Buller writes a letter of introduction for Philip Le Geyt, and again recommends him for a Demyship.
Fol. 13: Letter from James Buller (address, Downes) to Martin Routh, 3 Aug 1793. Buller has just heard that Le Geyt has been elected a Demy at Magdalen, and writes to thank Routh for his assistance in this matter.
Fols. 14–19: Letters from and concerning James Blatch (d. 1864; D. 1794–1808; F. 1808–16).
Fol. 14: Letter from John Parsons (Master of Balliol 1798–1819) address, Balliol College) to Martin Routh, “Thursday” (July 1794?). Parsons writes on behalf of James Blatch. He cannot speak in detail about his character, but is happy to assure Routh that his conduct at Balliol as been excellent (Blatch had matriculated at Balliol before his election to a Demyship).
Fol. 15: Letter from James Blatch (address, Colchester) to Martin Routh, 4 Feb 1812. Blatch apologises that he has been detained in Essex (for an unspecified reason) for longer than expected.
Fol. 16: Letter from James Blatch (address, Colchester) to Martin Routh, 14 Jun (year not given). Blatch announces his intention to accept the living of Slimbridge (although Bloxam, Register vii. 129, suggests that he did not get it). On the back of this letter is a draft letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee, quite unconnected with Blatch, apparently on estate business.
Fol. 17: Letter from James Blatch (address, Basingstoke) to Martin Routh, 2 Dec 1839. Blatch asks Routh to sign a paper on behalf of Magdalen to signify consent to the proposed increase of accommodation in Basingstoke Church. He hopes that the College will make a subscription to the appeal.
Fol. 18: Letter from James Blatch (address, Rectory, Basingstoke) to Martin Routh, 22 May 1844. Blatch thanks Routh for the College’s contribution towards the church at Nately (presumably for some building work).
Fol. 19: Letter from James Blatch (address, Basingstoke) to Martin Routh, 27 Aug 1849. Blatch enclosed a draft epitaph for Mrs. Hannah Waldo for Routh’s comments; it appears that Routh had mislaid an earlier copy which Blatch had sent him.
Fol. 20: Letter from Charles Pilkington (d. 1797; D. 1750–2; F. 1752–74).
Fol. 20: Letter from Charles Pilkington (address, Findon) to Mr. Lichfield (address, Whitchurch, Reading, Berkshire), 11 Feb 1796. Pilkington discusses a question over some lands in Findon between the College and a Mr. Goring. This letter has been filed by Bloxam as if it came from Charles’s son, another Charles Pilkington, [D. 1794–8]).
Fols. 21–22: Documents concerning Theophilus Leigh Cooke (d. 1846; D. 1794–1810; F. 1810–16).
Fol. 21: English essay on the fear of the future written by Theophilus Leigh Cooke. Undated, but presumably written in the mid-1790s when he was an undergraduate.
Fol. 22: Letter from Philip Bliss (address, Studley Priory) to Martin Routh, 11 Oct 1846. Bliss reports that their friend Theophilus Leigh Cooke is dying. He reflects on Cooke’s character. He has also heard from the daughter of Thomas Frognall Dibdin that her father is very badly ill.
Fol. 23: Letter from James Horseman (d. 1844; D. 1794–1803; F. 1803–7).
Fol. 23: Letter from James Horseman (address, Middle, Salop) to Martin Routh, 19 Jul 1831. Horseman writes in support of a young friend, Oliver Naylor, for a Demyship (unsuccessfully).
Fols. 24–25: Letters from Thomas Lowndes (d. 1860; D. 1795–1804; F. 1804–24).
Fol. 24 Letter from Thomas Lowndes (address, East Worldham, Alton, Hants.) to Martin Routh, 23 Dec 1847. Lowndes reports on attempts to restore the church of East Tisted. Work has progressed well, but a great deal of work is needed on the chancel. Lowndes therefore asks the College to help out.
Fol. 25: Letter from Thomas Lowndes (address, East Worldham) to Martin Routh, 29 Nov 1848. Lowndes asks the College to make a further contribution towards repairing the chancel at East Tisted church.
Fols. 26–27: Letters from James Peterson Chambers (d. 1849; D. 1795–1833; F. 1833–7).
Fol. 26: Letter from James Peterson Chambers (address, Shelton) to Martin Routh, 12 Jul 1821. Chambers agrees to vote in the forthcoming election for Richard Heber.
Fol. 27: Letter from James Peterson Chambers (address, Shelton, Long Stratton) to Martin Routh, 23 Aug 1824. Chambers draws Routh’s attention, as a delegate of the Clarendon Press, to certain inaccuracies in the current editions of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.
Fols. 28–29: Letters from Charles Townsend (d. 1865; D. 1796–1800; F. 1800–8).
Fol. 28: Letter from Charles Townsend (address, West Bromwich) to Martin Routh, 10 Jul 1821. Townsend agrees to vote in the forthcoming election for Richard Heber.
Fol. 29: Letter from Charles Townsend (address, West Bromwich) to Martin Routh, 4 Mar 1833. Townsend thanks Routh for sending him a copy of his second edition of Burnet’s History. He reports on his recent visit to Dr. Ellerton (Edward Ellerton, F. 1803–51) at Theale.
Fols. 30–31: Letters from James Hoare Christopher Moor (1779–1853; D. 1796–1810; F. 1810–15).
Fol. 30: Letter from James Hoare Christopher Moor (address, Rugby) to Martin Routh, 10 Jul 1821. Moor agrees to vote in the forthcoming election for Richard Heber.
Fol. 31: Latin poem (written in elegiac couplets) by James Moor, undated, presumably dating from his undergraduate years.
Fol. 32: Letter from William Oddie (d. 1851; D. 1797–1801; F. 1801–9).
Fol. 32: Letter from William Oddie (address, Leamington) to Martin Routh, 4 Nov 1842. Oddie regrets that he is unable to forward a letter for Routh, as he has lost contact with the addressee. He thanks Routh for sending him a print of Theale Church.
Fols. 33–37: Letters from and concerning Henry Birch (d. 1857; D. 1797–1804; F. 1804–12).
Fol. 33: Latin essay ascribed to “Birch”, whom Bloxam suggests is Henry Birch.
Fol. 34: Last page of otherwise lost letter (written in Latin) from Henry Birch (address missing) to Martin Routh, date lost. This may be Birch’s formal letter of application requesting a Demyship. On the back of this is a note from Routh on timber.
Fol. 35: Letter from Henry Birch (address, No. 5, Edward Street, Cavendish Square) to Martin Routh, 22 Jun 1809. Birch thanks Routh for urging him not to resign his Fellowship, but his mind is made up, and he will go ahead.
Fol. 36: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College, Oxford) to Henry Birch (address, no. 16 Little Tichfield Street, Great Portland Place, London), 18 Feb 1810. Routh is very glad to hear that Birch will not be resigning his Fellowship, assuring him that he is doing nothing contrary to the College statutes.
Fol. 37: Letter from Henry Birch (address, 28 Upper Grove Place, Camden Square, London) to Martin Routh, 1 Dec 1812. Birch has recently married, and so formally resigns his Fellowship. He expresses his thanks to Routh and to the College for his time there.
Fol. 38: Letter from John Haynes Townsend (d. 1864; D. 1797–1805).
Fol. 38: Letter from John Haynes Townsend (address, Tamworth) to Martin Routh, 16 Aug 1805. Townsend thanks Routh for letting him know about William Windham’s possible candidature for Oxford University, but he wuld rather not vote for him.
Fols. 39–40: Documents concerning John Gould (d. 1866; D. 1799–1808; F. 1808–19).
Fol. 39: Letter from John Buckner (Bishop of Chichester 1797–1824; address, Chichester) to Martin Routh, 22 Aug 1816. Buckner reports on the troublesome behaviour of John Gould, who has apparently deserted his parish at New Shoreham, pleading College duties. The bishop therefore asks Routh to confirm that Gould has been living in College during this time.
Fol. 40: Petition from certain named inhabitants of Beaconsfield to Martin Routh, 1838 (day and month not given). The petitioners ask Magdalen to help relieve the wife and children of John Gould, their vicar, who has been imprisoned for debt for a year.
Fols. 41–46: Letters from and concerning William Aldrich (d. 1859; D. 1799–1808; F. 1808–24).
Fol. 41: Letter from William Aldrich (address, Ipswich) to Martin Routh, 7 Sep 1817. Aldrich thanks Routh for enquiring about the living of Hintlesham, even if the result was unsuccessful. However, there might be a way by which he might get it.
Fol. 42: Draft letter from Martin Routh (address not given) to an unnamed Bishop of Winchester, undated (1818?). Routh seeks the Bishop’s advice, as Visitor, concerning William Aldrich, and the question of whether a Fellow can hold a benefice pro tempore.
Fol. 43: Letter from Brownlow North (Bishop of Winchester 1781–1820; address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh, 21 Aug 1818. North encloses a copy (lost) of his judgement in the case of William Aldrich and the living of Hintlesham.
Fol. 44: Letter from William Aldrich (address, Ipswich) to Martin Routh, 19 Aug 1818. Aldrich thanks Routh for his letter. He will himself write to the Bishop over the appeal.
Fol. 45: Letter from William Aldrich (address, Ipswich) to Martin Routh, 15 Jul 1821. Aldrich agrees to vote for Richard Heber in the forthcoming election.
Fol. 46: Letter from William Aldrich (address, Ipswich) to Martin Routh, 29 Mar 1833. Aldrich reports that the living of Great Thurlow, Suffolk, is for sale, and wonders if the College might like to buy it. He encloses further details for Routh. At the end of the letter is a draft reply from Routh, who thanks Aldrich for this news, and reports that the matter is now with the College.
Fol. 47: Letter concerning Henry Price (D. 1799–1815).
Fol. 47: Letter from Thomas Price (address, Christ Church, Oxford) to an unnamed address, 28 May 1799. Price writes that his younger brother Henry is applying for a Demyship at Magdalen. He has, however, no friends of the College, and so he asks the addressee to encourage Dr. Parr to put in a good word with Routh to further his brother’s cause. (Thomas was successful: Henry Price was duly elected a Demy that year).
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