MC:PR30/1/C2/10 Letters from Demies elected 1800-10
Guardbook bound in dark green covers, with “Letters from Demies 1800 1810” on the spine. This guardbook contains letters from and concerning Demies elected between 1800 and 1810. It also includes those Demies who were later elected Fellows.
Fols. 1–3: Letters from George Augustus Lamb (d. 1864; D. 1800–6).
Fol. 1: Letter from George Augustus Lamb (address, Iden Parsonage) to Martin Routh, 10 Jul (year not given; but postmarked 1821). Lamb regrets that he will be unable to come to Oxford to vote in the Parliamentary election.
Fol. 2: Letter from George Augustus Lamb (address, Iden Parsonage) to Martin Routh, 14 May (year given as 1827 on back of letter). Lamb wonders whether his son (currently at Westminster) might be successful in applying for a Sussex Demyship.
Fol. 3: Letter from George Augustus Lamb (address, Iden Parsonage) to Martin Routh, 1 Jun (year given as 1827 on back of letter). Routh’s reply to the above letter has led Lamb to decide that it is best if his son does not apply for a Demyship at Magdalen (which he did not).
Fol. 4: Letter from Samuel Selwood (d. 1819; D. 1800–7; F. 1807–19).
Fol. 4: Letter from Samuel Selwood (address, Lisbon) to Martin Routh, 25 Jul 1811. Selwood reports on the results of his contacting a French bookseller in Lisbon on Routh’s behalf. He discusses his time at Lisbon, and his opinions on the place, in some detail.
Fols. 5–6: Letters from Edward Repton (d. 1860; D. 1801–8).
Fol. 5: Letter from Edward Repton (address, Cloisters, Westminster Abbey) to Martin Routh, 24 Sep 1849. Repton tells Routh of his pleasure on learning that he continues to be in good physical and mental health.
Fol. 6: Letter from Edward Repton (address, Cloisters, Westminster Abbey) to Martin Routh, 14 Jul 1852. Repton thanks Routh for sending him an unnamed publication, and discusses the possibilities for Christian unity.
Fol. 7: Letter from James John Hudson (d. 1839; D. 1801–10; F. 1810–39).
Fol. 7: Letter from James John Hudson (address, White House, Pond Street, Hampstead) to Martin Routh, 25 Apr 1823. Hudson writes in some distress to own up to a trifling lie made during his BA examination, and offers his resignation from his Fellowship. The letter is transcribed in full in Bloxam, Register vii. 145–6; the resignation was not accepted. (see Fol. 61 below for another letter from Hudson).
Fol. 8: Letter from Charles Richards (d. 1835; D. 1801–7).
Fol. 8: Letter from Charles Richards (address, South Stoneham, near Southampton) to Martin Routh, 13 Jun 1821. Richards will be happy to vote for Richard Heber in the forthcoming Parliamentary election.
Fol. 9: Document concerning William Henry Tinney (d. 1871; D. 1801–6).
Fol. 9: A draft letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to an unnamed addressee (possibly William Windham), undated, but written on a printed notice advertising the examination of William Henry Tinney (the first member of Magdalen to take an Honours degree) on 14–16 May 1805. Routh is discussing William Windham’s plans to stand for Parliament in Oxford, and the letter may well be written to Windham himself. See also MC:PR30/1/C4/6 Fols. 356–357 and MC:PR30/1/C4/12 Fols. 50–71 for other correspondence between Routh and Windham.
Fols. 10–13: Letters from Richard William Hutchins (d. 1859; D. 1802–11; F. 1811–28).
Fol. 10: Letter from Richard William Hutchins (address, New Shoreham, Sussex) to Martin Routh, 12 Jul 1821. Hutchins has received letters from Routh and another asking him to vote for different candidates in the forthcoming Parliamentary election. However, he has decided to support Routh and Richard Heber.
Fol. 11: Letter from Richard William Hutchins (address, New Shoreham) to Martin Routh, 29 Mar 1825. Hutchins writes about a dispute between him and John Gould (D. 1799–1808; F. 1808–19), who had preceded him as vicar of New Shoreham. Gould is pursuing Hutchins for some money which he claimed was his due from his stipend at New Shoreham (as shown in a letter from him copied into this letter), and Hutchins seeks Routh’s advice about what to do with him.
Fol. 12: Letter from Richard William Hutchins (address, East Bridgford, Bingham, Notts.) to Martin Routh, 2 Apr 1842. Hutchins recommends a young man called Charles Smelt for a Demyship at Magdalen (unsuccessfully).
Fol. 13: Letter from Richard William Hutchins (address, East Bridgford, Bingham, Notts.) to Martin Routh, 11 Sep 1848. Hutchins sends Routh his condolences on the news of the death of his sister Sophia Sheppard. He praises her character and her generosity.
Fol. 14: Letter from Thomas Nixon Blagden (d. 1865; D. 1802–7; F. 1807–29).
Fol. 14: Letter from Thomas Nixon Blagden (address, Chichester) to Martin Routh, 3 Apr (year not given; postmarked 1812). Blagden understands that the Stewardship of Magdalen College may be falling vacant soon, and he recommends his brother for the post.
Fols. 15–18: Letters from Henry Lloyd Loring (d. 1822; D. 1802–7; F. 1807–16). See also MC:PR30/1/C2/11 No. 8 for another letter concerning Loring.
Fol. 15: Letter from Henry Lloyd Loring (address, Hatchet’s Hotel, Dover Kent) to Martin Routh, 5 May (no year given; probably 1814, when Loring sailed for India). Loring reports that the Chaplaincy which he had been given has now been transformed into the Archdeaconry of Calcutta. He will be happy to provide Routh with more information on his new situation, as appropriate. Routh has written a draft reply on the letter, assures Loring that he will be able to apply successfully for leave of absence for a year, which can be be renewed.
Fol. 16: Letter from Henry Lloyd Loring (address of Marlow written on back) to Martin Routh, 12 Dec 1810. Loring reports that a Mr. Nares is still eager to be Routh’s curate at Tilehurst, having understood that Routh intends to spend three months a year there.
Fol. 17: Letter from Henry Lloyd Loring (address, Madras) to Martin Routh, 15 May 1816. Loring reports that he has just married a Miss Kindersley. He reports on a visitation to southern India, evidently made with Thomas Middleton, the Bishop of Calcutta.
Fol. 18: Letter from Henry Lloyd Loring (address, Calcutta) to Martin Routh, Dec 1814. Having arrived in Calcutta, Loring found a ship about to leave for England, so he takes the chance to thank Routh for granting him leave of absence. He reports on his arrival in India, and the warm welcome given to Thomas Middleton, as first Bishop of Calcutta. He describes his journey, and his impressions of Calcutta.
Fols. 19–20: Letters concerning Charles Ives Urquhart (D. 1803–12; F. 1812–20).
Fol. 19: Letter from Fanny Huntingford (no address given) to Martin Routh, including note written by H. Ward (address, Lechlade), dated 28 Jul 1820. Huntingford reports on the wretched state of health, mental and physical, of Charles Ives Urquhart. He was due to get married, but Huntingford thinks that it should be postponed, and possibly cancelled. (Urquhart married a Miss Huntingford on 2 Aug anyway). She urges Routh to save Urquhart from further disgrace. The note from Ward says that Urquhart is suffering from “mental excitement” and ought to be sedated for his own good.
Fol. 20: Letter from Thomas Huntingford (address, Kempsford) to Martin Routh, 27 Jul 1820. Huntingford reports that the marriage between Urquhart and his daughter will take place soon, and hopes that no further measures may be taken against him by members of Magdalen College.
Fols. 21–24: Letters from William Chambers (d. 1860; D. 1804–15; F. 1815–24).
Fol. 21: Letter from William Chambers (address, Clifton, near Bristol) to Martin Routh, 11 Jul 1821. Chambers would like to vote for Richard Heber in the Parliamentary elections, but is suspicious that he might support Catholic Emancipation.
Fol. 22: Petition from William Chambers and William Russell (D. 1804–15; F. 1815–31) to the President and Fellows of Magdalen College, 29 Dec 1822. Chambers and Russell explain that, having been elected Demies in 1804, they took their BA degrees in Oct 1807 and Jun 1808 respectively. They then see that Francis Swan (D. 1807–10; D. 1810–24), who was elected to a Demyship some time after matriculating, took his BA in Oct 1808, but was allowed under university regulations to proceed to the degree of MA in 1810, before either Chambers or Russell. They complain that, thanks to this, they have both lost precedence in the College, not least with regard to ecclesiastical preferment, and ask that in such matters they may be given precedence over Swan. See also Fol. 26 below.
Fol. 23: Letter from William Chambers (address, Warwick) to Martin Routh, 29 Jan 1823. Chambers thanks Routh for his letter (in response to the above petition). He has refrained from seeking information about how his petition was received.
Fol. 24: Petition from William Chambers (address, Ashbury), 24 Jan 1831, concerning the parish of Ashbury. Chambers reports on a severe housing shortage in Ashbury for the poor, and wonders whether Magdalen might be willing to pay to erect at least a couple of cottages to help.
Fols. 25–29: Letters from and concerning William Russell (d. 1831; D. 1804–15; F. 1815–31).
Fol. 25: Letter from William Russell (address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, 27 Nov 1820. Russell discusses the case of Sophia Graves, daughter of the late Porter of Magdalen, to whom the College had voted a grant of £50 to help her travel to India with a clergyman and his family. The clergyman, just before the voyage, had decided that she was not sufficiently spiritual, and so cast her off. Despite trying to set up as a dressmaker at Streatley, she is now, he understands, in a state of destitution, and he is trying to find more information. He hopes that the College will help her out. He also reports that Dr. Tate is to be buried shortly. On Sophia Graves, see also MC:PR30/1/C2/11 No. 12.
Fol. 26: Letter from William Russell (address, Eliot Hill, Blackheath) to Martin Routh, 10 Jan 1823. Russell encloses the petition written by him and William Chambers (Fol. 22 above). He apologises for his absence from College, but this has been on medical advice.
Fol. 27: Letter from William Russell (address, Charterhouse [where his brother was Headmaster]) to Martin Routh, 22 Feb 1823. Russell has heard that his and Chambers’ appeal was unsuccessful, but has not heard why. He therefore asks Routh to give him the reasons for the rejection.
Fol. 28: Letter from John Russell (address, Charterhouse; Russell was Headmaster there 1811–32) to Martin Routh, 14 Jun 1827. Russell reports on the terrible state of his brother William’s health, and suggests arrangements for the payment of his College stipend.
Fol. 29: Letter from John Russell (address, Charterhouse) to Martin Routh, 12 Dec 1831. Russell has a copy of the portrait of Cardinal Wolsey which had been made for his brother William (who had died the previous month), which he offers to Magdalen as a gift in memory of him.
Fol. 30: Letter concerning Brook Bridges (d. 1807; D. 1805–7).
Fol. 30: Letter from John Bridges (Address, Wallingdon House, near Carshalton, Surrey) to Martin Routh, 8 Jul 1807. Bridges reports that his son Brook Bridges died earlier that morning.
Fol. 31: Letter concerning Henry Winstanley (d. 1826; D. 1806–16; F. 1816–26). See also MC:PR30/1/C2/11 No. 11 for another letter about Henry Winstanley.
Fol. 31: Letter from [illegible] Winstanley (address, London) to Martin Routh, 21 Jul 1817. Winstanley reports on the health of his brother Henry Winstanley. Henry has been unwell, and is recovering, but he is showing signs of severe nerves at the prospect of going to Oxford for an election in which he will be admitted an actual Fellow. Winstanley therefore provides Routh with a draft letter which he could send his brother to encourage him to come up.
Fol. 32: Letter from Charles Eddy (d. 1830; D. 1806– 13).
Fol. 32: Letter from Charles Eddy (address, Gailsborough [?but postmarked Northampton) to Martin Routh, 11 Jul 1821. Eddy promises to come to Oxford to vote for Richard Heber in the Parliamentary election.
Fol. 33: Letter from Francis Swan (1787–1878; D. 1807–10; F. 1810–24).
Fol. 33: Letter from Francis Swan (address, Langton, Spilsby) to Martin Routh, 9 Jul 1821. Although he has been petitioned by several people to vote for Sir John Nichol in the forthcoming Parliamentary election, Swan agrees to obey Routh’s request to vote for Richard Heber instead.
Fols. 34–36: Letters from Peregrine Bingham (d. 1864; D. 1807–16).
Fol. 34: Letter (in Latin) from Peregrine Bingham (address not given) to Martin Routh, “9 days before the Kalends of July” [i.e. 23 Jun], 1807. Bingham expresses delight and gratitude at becoming a member of Magdalen College.
Fol. 35: Letter from Peregrine Bingham (address, Cranborne, Dorset) to Martin Routh, 4 Oct (year not given, but postmarked 1810). This is the father of Peregrine Bingham the Demy; he reports that his son is taking private study with a clergyman, and then coming to stay with him.
Fol. 36: Letter from Peregrine Bingham (the son rather than the father; address, 1 Garden Court, Temple, London) to Martin Routh, 30 Jan 1817. Bingham reports that he has just got married, and expresses his thanks to Routh and the College.
Fol. 37–38: Letters concerning Henry Hoper (d. 1858; D. 1807–15).
Fol. 37: Letter from Richard Heber (address, Hodnet Hall, near Shrewsbury) to Martin Routh, 19 Apr 1807. Heber recommends (successfully) Henry Hoper for a Demyship.
Fol. 38: Testimonial from the Principal and three Fellows of Brasenose College in support of Henry Hoper’s application for a Demyship, 9 Jun 1807.
A letter has been cut out from the guardbook here. This was done before the letters were numbered up.
Fol. 39: Letter from Joshua Holmes Newby (d. 1827; D. 1808–17).
Fol. 39: Letter from Joshua Holmes Newby (address, Great Rollright) to Martin Routh, 12 Jan [year illegible]. Newby recommends a Mr. Pearson as a recipient of College charity.
Fols. 40–45: Letters from and concerning William Thomas Philipps (1787–1854; D. 1808–20; F. 1820–42).
Fol. 40: Letter from Henry Gould (address, Butleigh, Glastonbury) to Martin Routh, 24 Jun (year not given). Gould recommends William Thomas Philipps for a Demyship at Magdalen (successfully). See MC:PR30/1/4C/9 Fol. 6 for another letter from Henry Gould.
Fol. 41: Letter from C. Barker (address, Wells) to Martin Routh, 29 Jun 1808. Barker likewise recommends Philipps for a Demyship.
Fol. 42: Letter (in Latin) from William Thomas Philipps (address, Pembroke College) to Martin Routh “10 days before the Kalends of August” [i.e. 23 July], 1808. Philipps formally applies for a Demyship at Magdalen College.
Fol. 43: Letter (in Latin) from William Thomas Philipps (address, Pembroke College) to Martin Routh “7 days before the Kalends of August” [i.e. 26 July], 1808. Philipps thanks Routh for being elected a Demy of Magdalen.
Fol. 44: Letter from William Thomas Philipps (address not given) to Martin Routh, undated. Philipps suggests that each undergraduate gentleman commoner should pay 5 guineas a year for their teaching, and wonders whether the College could find 40 guineas a year to pay for the tuition of the Demies.
Fol. 45: Letter from William Thomas Philipps (address not given) to Martin Routh, 27 May 1842. Philipps formally resigns his Fellowship, expressing his thanks to the College for his time there.
Fols. 46–52: Letters from and concerning Thomas Sheriffe (d. 1861; D. 1809–14; F. 1814–23). See also MC:PR30/1/C2/11 Fol. 36 for another letter from this correspondent.
Fol. 46: Letters from Thomas Sheriffe (address, Uggeshall) to Martin Routh, 30 Jul 1809. Sheriffe understands that his son (also called Thomas) has just been elected a Demy at Magdalen, and expresses his pleasure at the news.
Fol. 47: Latin poem in hexameters composed by Thomas Sheriffe, titled “Hispania”. Undated, but presumably written when he was an undergraduate. See Fol. 59 below for another Latin poem written on the same theme, namely the sufferings of Spain during the Peninsular war.
Fol. 48: Letter from Thomas Sheriffe (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 18 Jun 1832. Sheriffe thanks Routh for his kind present. This is unspecified, but is presumably a copy of Routh’s Scriptorum ecclesiasticorum opuscula.
Fol. 49: Letter from Thomas Sheriffe (address, Henstead) to Martin Routh, 23 Jan 1841. Sheriffe thanks Routh for an unspecified present (it is not clear what this is, unless it is a copy of the second edition of Scriptorum ecclesiasticorum opuscula, which was published in 1840).
Fol. 50: Letter from Thomas Sheriffe (address, Henstead) to Martin Routh, 18 Jun 1847. Sheriffe thanks Routh for sending him a book (one of the volumes of the revised edition of Reliquiae Sacrae).
Fol. 51: Letter from Thomas Sheriffe (address, Henstead) to Martin Routh, “Sunday Evening” (1848?). Sheriffe thanks Routh for the present of another book, and reflects on the generosity of Mrs. Sheppard. Sophia Sheppard died in 1848, and the last volume of the revised edition of Reliquiae Sacrae also came out that year, so the letter presumably dates from then.
Fol. 52: Letter from Thomas Sheriffe (address, Henstead) to Martin Routh, “Friday”. Sheriffe sends Routh a present of some game, and looks forward to hearing news of both Routh and his wife, in the light of the current cold weather. He reports that his own father continues to enjoy good health.
Fols. 53–54: Letters concerning Thomas Samuel Smith (d. 1820; D. 1809–17; F. 1817–20). See also MC:PR30/1/C2/11 fol. 36 for another letter concerning Smith.
Fol. 53: Letter from J. Goodall, Master of Eton School (address, Eton) to Martin Routh, 20 Jul 1808. Goodall writes a testimonial in favour of Thomas Samuel Smith.
Fol. 54: Letter from J. B. Sumner (address, Eton) to Martin Routh, 20 Jul 1808. Sumner likewise writes a testimonial for Thomas Samuel Smith. (Smith failed to get a Demyship in 1808, and matriculated from Merton in December that year. However, he was luckier on his second attempt the following year).
Fols. 55–56: Letters from Thomas Grantham (d. 1864; D. 1809–13; F. 1813–31).
Fol. 55: Letter from Thomas Grantham (address, Steyning) to Martin Routh, 14 Jan 1837. Grantham asks the College to help pay for fencing a field in Bramber.
Fol. 56: Letter from Thomas Grantham (address, Bramber Rectory) to Martin Routh, 6 Oct 1840. Grantham thanks Routh for his proposed emendations to an epitaph for his brother (George Grantham, D. 1798–1809; F. 1809–40; Usher of MCS 1801–40; died 12 May 1840).
Fols. 57–58: Letters from Charles Daubeny (1795–1867; D. 1810–15; F. 1815–67).
Fol. 57: Latin Essay (two sheets) by Charles Daubeny titled “Quantum ad mores populi effingendos valeant leges….” (“How much do laws contribute to changing the behaviour of the people…”).
Fol. 58: Letter from Charles Daubeny (address, Botanic Garden) to Martin Routh, 16 Nov 1847. Daubeny is willing to erect a new (unspecified) building, either attached to or detached from a particular wall. He prefers the latter option.
Fols. 59–60: Letters from and concerning George Galbraith Augustus Wratislaw (D. 1820; D. 1810–17; F. 1817–20).
Fol. 59: Latin poem in hexameters composed by George Galbraith Augustus Wratislaw, titled “Hispania”. Undated, but presumably written when he was an undergraduate. See Fol. 47 above for another Latin poem written on the same theme, namely the sufferings of Spain during the Peninsular war.
Fol. 60: Letter from J. Wratislaw (address, Tenderden Street, Hanover Square) to Martin Routh, 22 Sep 1812. Wratislaw asks Routh to help support his brother George who is suffering from consumption. George would like to resume his College duties, but his doctor has forbidden it, and so his brother hopes that he can be granted leave of absence.
Fol. 61: Letter from James John Hudson (d. 1839; D. 1801–10; F. 1810–39).
Fol. 61: Letter from James John Hudson (address, Searby, near Brigg, Lincs.) to Martin Routh, 26 Jun 1811. Hudson seeks Routh’s advice. His father has just died, leaving him some lands, and some debts, and he wants to know what to do. He is also concerned about whether he will be in a position to return to Magdalen next month to be admitted a Fellow, and fears that he might have to resign his post if he cannot do so. (see Fol. 7 above for another letter from Hudson).
Fols. 62–70: Letters from Zachary Henry Biddulph (d. 1842; D. 1810–13; F. 1813–29).
Fol. 62: Letter from Zachary Henry Biddulph (address, Worcester) to Martin Routh, 10 Jan 1828. A close friend of Biddulph is very seriously ill, and he cannot leave his side just now. He therefore apologises that he will be unable to attend the audit.
Fol. 63: Letter from Zachary Henry Biddulph (address, Worcester) to Martin Routh, 20 Jan 1828. Biddulph’s friend has just died, and he feels at present unable to accept Routh’s offer to appoint him one of the Tutors in the College.
Fol. 64: Letter from Zachary Henry Biddulph (address, Worcester) to Martin Routh, 24 Jan 1828. Biddulph thanks Routh for his letter of consolation. He once again confirms his wish to relinquish his duties as Tutor.
Fol. 65: Copy of a petition submitted to Magdalen for building and enlarging of churches by the Vestry of New Shoreham following a meeting held 29 Nov 1828. The Vestry, with Biddulph, the vicar there, as chairman, seeks funds to help enlarge the seating in their church. The copy also includes a letter from the Bishop of Chichester expressing support for the initiative.
Fol. 66: Letter from Zachary Henry Biddulph (address, Backwell) to Martin Routh, 29 Dec 1828. Biddulph enclosed the above petition (Fol. 65) to Routh, supplying more information about the state of the church at New Shoreham.
Fol. 67: Letter from Zachary Henry Biddulph (address, Shoreham) to Martin Routh, 15 May 1829. Biddulph formally resigns his Fellowship at Magdalen, and speaks warmly of his time there. He is optimistic about his plans for the rebuilding of the church at New Shoreham. He also reports on a proposal to replace the tithe barn there, and asks Routh’s advice on a pending campaign to maintain a tradition that the vicar of New Shoreham has the right to a bushel of coal from any vessel entering the harbour there.
Fol. 68: Memorial (undated) submitted to the President and Fellows of Magdalen College asking for assistance in repairing the tithe barn at Old Shoreham.
Fol. 69: Letter from Zachary Henry Biddulph (address, Backwell) to Edward Ellerton (F. 1803–51), 25 Jan 1830. Biddulph asks Ellerton for the College’s support concerning a strip of glebe land in New Shoreham. He would like to erect some new school buildings there, and would like to give over some of the glebe for this purpose.
Fol. 70: Letter from Zachary Henry Biddulph (address, new Shoreham) to Martin Routh, 4 Jul 1833. Biddulph sends Routh a copy of a sermon of his which he has been prevailed upon to publish. (This must be “To preach the word of God; The chief duty of a Christian minister.” A sermon delivered at the visitation, held at Lewes, June 6th, 1833, a copy of which is still in the Routh Library).
Fols. 71–72: Letters from and about William Mills (d. 1834; D. 1810–20; F. 1820–34).
Fol. 71: Letter from William Mills (address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, 4 May 1829. Mills sends Routh (currently resident in Tilehurst) a copy of the letter he has written to the father of Thomas May Wetherell (D. 1824–9), and seeks Routh’s opinion on it. The letter explains that Wetherell has been involved in nighttime disturbances which have brought him to the notice of the Proctors, so that he may be rusticated for some while. He suggests that Wetherell’s name be taken off the College books, so that the Vice-Chancellor does not take matters any further. This letter is transcribed in full in Bloxam, Register, vii. pp. 293–4. (Wetherell’s name was taken off the College books, and he was given a licence to migrate to Cambridge or Trinity College Dublin. He chose the latter, from where he was awarded a BA in 1830). There is also a PS added by Edward Ellerton asking Routh to send back a key to the place where the College seal is kept, as he needs to use it.
Fol. 72: Letter from G. W. Hope (address, 6 Hamilton Place) to Martin Routh, 4 Jan 1836. Hope sends Routh the text of an inscription for a monument to be erected to Mills, and asks for his comments on it.
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