MC:PR30/1/C2/11 Letters from Demies elected 1811-24
Guardbook bound in dark green covers, with “Letters from Demies 1811 1824” on the spine. This guardbook contains letters from and concerning Demies elected between 1811 and 1824. It also includes those Demies who were later elected Fellows.
Fols. 1–2: Letters concerning Martin Davy (d. 1833; D. 1811–15; F. 1815–33).
Fol. 1: Letter from William Davy (address, Ingoldsthorpe) to Martin Routh, 3 Aug 1811. Davy thanks Routh for the election of his son Martin to a Demyship.
Fol. 2: Letter from J. Davy (address, Ingoldsthorpe) to Martin Routh, 20 Aug (postmarked 1833). Davy reports that his/her brother Martin has just died.
Fols. 3–4: Letters from William Morgan (d., 1883; D. 1812–20; F. 1820–9).
Fol. 3: Letter from William Morgan (address, 26 Old Square, Lincolns Inn) to Martin Routh, 19 May 1830. Morgan has applied for the Professorship of Jurisprudence and English Law at King’s College London, and asks Routh whether he would supply him a testimonial.
Fol. 4: Letter from William Morgan (address, 26 Old Square, Lincolns Inn) to Martin Routh, “Thursday 27 May” (1830). Morgan thanks Routh for writing him a testimonial, and explains where it ought to be sent.
Fol. 5: Letter from Sherlock Willis (D. 1813–15).
Fol. 5: Letter from Sherlock Willis (address, Wormley) to Martin Routh, “Wednesday 17 Sep”. Willis wishes to send his son to Christ Church to apply for a Studentship there, and hopes that Routh may able to assist him in this (he appears to have been unsuccessful).
Fol. 6: Letter from Robert George Cecil Fane (d. 1864; D. 1813–24; F. 1824–35).
Fol. 6: Letter from Robert George Cecil Fane (address, 12 Downing Street) to Martin Routh, 2 Feb (year not given). Fane tells Routh that he wishes to study law in London, and therefore to live there, and so applies for leave of absence.
Fols. 7–9: Letters from and about Charles Miller (d. 1885; D. 1814–31).
Fol. 7: Draft letter from Martin Routh to an unnamed addressee, 14 Jun 1816. Routh writes on behalf of Charles Miller, speaking warmly of his character and ability, and asks that he be allowed to proceed to a BA, so that he is eligible for a Fellowship at Magdalen. The letter is quoted in full in Bloxam, Register, vii. 256, where it is reported that the plea was unsuccessful and so he never became a Fellow of Magdalen.
Fol. 8: Letter from Charles Miller (address, Harlow Vicarage, Essex) to Martin Routh, 18 May 1833. Miller has been asked by a friend to give him an inscription to put on some plate which, as High Sheriff of Warwickshire, he will present to his Chaplain. He therefore asks Routh if he can help in this matter.
Fol. 9: Letter from Charles Miller (address, Harlow Vicarage, Essex) to Martin Routh, 27 Apr 1843. Miller asks Routh whether he could recommend him for the post of Bampton Lecturer. He discusses the possible theme of his talk.
Fol. 9a: Letter concerning William Morgan (d. 1881; D. 1814–21; F. 1821–54).
Fol. 9a: Letter from Philip Pett (address, Newingham) to Martin Routh, 17 Jul 1813. Pett recommends for a Demyship a friend’s nephew William Morgan. Morgan was not elected in 1813, but was successful the following year.
Fols. 10–14: Letters from James Charles Stafford (1793–1873; D. 1815–32; F. 1832–42).
Fol. 10: Letter from James Charles Stafford (address, Chacombe) to Martin Routh, 28 May 1830. Stafford understands that his request to hold the curacy of Penkridge in conjunction with his Demyship has been granted by the College, and thanks Routh for arranging this.
Fol. 11: Letter from James Charles Stafford (address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, 31 May 1836. Stafford apologises profusely to Routh for writing this, but he is very uneasy about the current system of electing Demies, and as a College officer for this year, is unsure how he can agree to consent to participating in it.
Fol. 12: Letter from James Charles Stafford (no address) to Martin Routh, undated. Stafford his delighted to hear that Routh and his wife are both well. He records that his wife is expecting to give birth to her sixth child.
Fol. 13: Letter from James Charles Stafford (address, Dinton) to the Vice-President of Magdalen unnamed), 13 Nov 1847. Stafford has written to ask the College to lend him £100, which he would repay in 1849. He wishes to buy a cottage and some land, which might be useful for the incumbent of that living.
Fol. 14: Letter from James Charles Stafford (address, Dinton Vicarage) to Martin Routh, 19 Jul 1851. Stafford recommends one of his parishioners, Edmund Wyndham, for a Demyship. (Wyndham did not get a Demyship, but did come up to Magdalen as a Commoner in 1853).
Fol. 15: Poem by Henry Middleton (D. 1815–22) .
Fol. 15: Translation into English verse by Henry Middleton from the Carmina Quadragesimalia, and an Ode to Hope, also by him. The former is noted as having been delivered by Middleton at Midhurst School on 17 Jun 1811.
Fol. 16: Letter concerning Frederick James Parsons (d. 1875; D. 1815–33; F. 1833–43).
Fol. 16: Draft letter to the Bishop of Winchester, c. Dec 1833. The letter has been written in an unknown hand, and then corrected by Routh himself. The letter states that Frederick James Parsons is prevented under old statutes from taking his BD, and so in danger of losing seniority in the College unless he can take his priest’s orders soon. He had been admitted probationary Fellow the previous July (1833), and the Bishop of Oxford has agreed to ordain him at Christmas. It is now known that the Bishop of Winchester will be holding an ordination on 15 December, and it is hoped that the Bishop will receive Parsons’ testimonials for this. (Parsons was able to take his BD in Feb 1834).
Fols. 17–22: Letters from Robert Meadows White (1798–1865; D. 1815–24; F. 1824–47).
Fol. 17: Letter (in Latin) from Robert Meadows White (address not given) to Martin Routh, undated (Jul 1815?). White appears to be thanking Routh for his election to a Demyship.
Fol. 18: Letter from Robert Meadows White (address, 23 Hanover Square) to Martin Routh, 13 Jul 1825. White has just returned from the continent, but aims to be in Oxford in time for the elections next week.
Fol. 19: Letter from Robert Meadows White (address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, 16 May 1833. White needs to borrow £500 or £600 to help tide over his family’s affairs while he is sorting out the finances of his recently deceased father.
Fol. 20: Letter from Robert Meadows White (address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, 24 Nov 1840. White wishes to resign his tutorship at the end of the current term, because of possible preferment that might be coming his way.
Fol. 21: Letter from Robert Meadows White (address, Rectory, Slymbridge, Dursley) to Martin Routh, 14 Apr 1847. White has heard that Routh is recovering from the effects of a heavy book falling on him, and hopes that he is better. He also gives notice that he will resign his Fellowship before 16 July.
Fol. 22: Letter from Robert Meadows White (address, Rectory, Slymbridge, Dursley) to Martin Routh, 11 Dec 1847. White is planning to create a school for the poor in his parish, and is seeking subscriptions for it. He hopes that Magdalen will contribute.
Fol. 23: Letter from Henry Biddulph (1796–1867; D. 1816–20; F. 1820–33).
Fol. 23: Letter from Henry Biddulph (address, Birbury Rectory) to Martin Routh, 14 Nov 1849. Biddulph thanks Routh for his letter recommending Mr. Hansell (Edward Halifax Hansell; D. 1832–43; F. 1847–53) being a candidate for the headmastership of Rugby. He has sent the letter to his brother, who is one of the School trustees, but advises Routh to send a letter to the trustees as a body (Hansell did not get the job).
Fols. 24–35: Letters from William Boycatt the elder (d. 1830; matr. Gonville and Caius, Cantab., 1772, and Fellow there 1776–96) and William Boycatt the younger (1798–1871; D. 1816–29). William the elder had taught been by Routh’s father, and was close friend of Routh himself. See MC:PR30/1/C1/1 Fols. 33 & 42, MC:PR30/1/C1/3 Fol. 12, MC:PR30/1/C4/7 Fols. 67–68 and MC:PR30/4/C1/1 Fol. 38 for other letters from William the elder.
Fol. 24: Letter from William Boycatt the elder (address, Reims en Champagne) to Martin Routh, 4 Feb 1789. Boycatt understands from his father that Routh would like him to find a book at Paris. He reports on his lack of success in finding it.
Fol. 25: Letter from William Boycatt the elder (address, Bath) to Martin Routh, 3 Jul 1794. He has been in poor health, but hopes that his time at Bath has improved him. He regrets that he will be unable to go via Oxford on his return to Cambridge.
Fol. 26: Letter from William Boycatt the elder (address, Burgh) to Martin Routh, 10 Nov 1802. Boycatt thanks Routh for sending him a ring (Routh’s father died in 1802, so he was presumably sending Boycatt a mourning ring). He reports that Routh now has a god-daughter, Emily, at Burgh.
Fol. 27: Letter from William Boycatt the elder (address, Burgh near Beccles) to Martin Routh, 21 Jul 1805. Boycatt thanks Routh for checking on the relation of his children to William of Wykeham but he fears that the effort of getting a son into Winchester or New College may be too great. He discusses what education he should arrange for his son William; he thinks that it would be good for him to be educated away from home.
Fol. 28: Letter from William Boycatt the elder (address, Burgh) to Martin Routh, 18 Dec 1807. Boycatt is discussing once again the education of his son William, and seeks Routh’s advice. He would like to educate him at Winchester (he has a claim to be on the foundation thanks to his mother’s family, but it may prove difficult to prove), and he wants to know how much it would cost to send him there. Routh has scribbled some answers to his questions on the letter.
Fol. 29: Letter from William Boycatt the elder (address, Burgh) to Martin Routh, 14 Oct 1814. Boycatt has visited Routh’s sister in Norwich, and discusses Routh’s proposals for a monument to erected to his parents and siblings in St. Margaret’s (South Elmham, where Peter Routh was vicar). He also thanks Routh for the present he has received from his sister (the first volumes of Reliquiae Sacrae). He is glad of Routh’s suggestion that his son William might apply for a Demyship at Magdalen, and seeks Routh’s advice on how to proceed with this.
Fol. 30: Letter from William Boycatt the elder (address, Burgh) to Martin Routh, 9 May 1823. Boycatt thanks Routh for sending him a copy of edition of Burnet. He also thanks Routh and Sophia Sheppard for a letter written jointly by them to him.
Fol. 31: Letter from William Boycatt the younger (address, Burgh) to Martin Routh, 25 Jan 1830 (this is William Boycatt, D. 1816–29). Boycatt apologises that he has not been in contact with Magdalen for a while, but he has been busy with settling into his new living, and his recent marriage, for his father has given him the living of Burgh. He hopes that Routh might come on a Norfolk progress one day.
Fol. 32: Letter from William Boycatt the elder (no address given) to Martin Routh, undated (but before Sophia Routh’s marriage in 1801). Boycatt apologies for not letting Routh know that he had received a letter. He is glad that Routh approved of his latest sermon.
Fol. 33: Letter from William Boycatt the younger (address, Burgh) to Martin Routh, 19 Jan 1843. Boycatt tells Routh that his youngest sister has married a husband twelve years her junior and will be living in Oxford. He is clearly surprised at this turn of events, but hopes that Routh and his wife will take notice of them. He reports on his own family.
Fol. 34: Letter from William Boycatt the younger (address, Burgh) to Martin Routh, “Wednesday 16 June” [1852?]. Boycatt thanks Routh for his gift of a book (presumably his latest edition of Burnet’s history). He reports that he now has eight children, the eldest one aged 22.
Fol. 35: Letter from William Boycatt the younger (address, Burgh) to Martin Routh, 2 Aug 1851. Boycatt regrets that he has not sent his son Arthur to Magdalen (Arthur Boycatt instead went to Trinity College, Cambridge), but he wonders whether the son of his sister (who has recently lost her husband, and been left in a poor way) might be eligible for a Demyship (he did not get one).
Fol. 36: Letter concerning Thomas Samuel Smith (D. 1809–17; F. 1817–20). See also MC:PR30/1/C2/10 Fols. 53–54 for other letters concerning Smith.
Fol. 36: Letter from Thomas Sheriffe (D. 1809–14; F. 1814–23; address, Windsor) to Martin Routh, 23 Feb 1820. Sheriffe reports on the death of Thomas Samuel Smith. (the letter had been filed on the assumption that it related to the death of Edmund Smith (D. 1816–21), but this Smith died in July 1821)
Fol. 37: Letter concerning Edmund Smith (d, 1821; D. 1816–21).
Fol. 37: Letter from Edmund Smith (address, East Pallant, Chichester) to Martin Routh, 24 Nov 1822. Smith mourns the death of his eldest child (Edmund Smith), and now reports that he has lost some of his money. He has another son, and he wonders whether he might put him up for a Demyship. He includes copies of testimonials to his son from his teachers (his application was not successful).
Fols. 38–40: Letters from Joseph Cox (D. 1817–24; F. 1824).
Fol. 38: Letter from Joseph Cox (address, Braithwell near Tickhill) to Martin Routh, 12 Jul 1821. Cox is willing to support Richard Heber in the forthcoming Parliamentary election, but asks that he is not summoned to Oxford to vote, unless his vote is strictly necessary.
Fol. 39: Letter from Joseph Cox (address, Braithwell near Tickhill) to Martin Routh, 5 Sep 1821. Cox apologises for failing to reach Oxford for the election on 22 August, but he did not receive Routh’s summons until it was too late.
Fol. 40: Letter from Joseph Cox (address, Hickman Hill, Gainsborough) to Martin Routh, 11 Aug 1824. Cox apologises for resigning his Fellowship so soon after being elected to one, but he has just got married. He recommends (unsuccessfully) his younger brother to succeed to the Demyship which he had just vacated on his election to the Fellowship.
Fol. 41: Latin exercise by Charles Nutt (d. 1878; D. 1817–22).
Fol. 41: Document written in Latin by Charles Nutt (address, Corpus Christi College), undated. When read alongside Fols. 42–3 and 52 below, this appears to be Nutt’s translation of a passage of English into Latin, perhaps relating to his application for a Demyship.
Fol. 42: Latin exercise by Henry Anthony Pye (d. 1823; D. 1817–23).
Fol. 42: Another translation into Latin of the same passage as in Fol. 41 above, this time by Henry Anthony Pye.
Fols. 43–51: Letters from and concerning Francis Charles Massingberd (d. 1872; D. 1818–24).
Fol. 43: A third translation into Latin of the same passage as in Fol. 41 above, this time by Francis Charles Massingberd.
Fol. 44: Letter from C. B. Massingberd (address, Ormsby near Spilsby) to Martin Routh, 6 Aug 1818. Massingberd expresses his pleasure that his nephew Francis has been elected a Demy at Magdalen.
Fol. 45: Letter from Francis Charles Massingberd (address, Candlesby House, Spilsby) to Martin Routh, 13 Jul 1847. Massingberd forwards a letter from an acquaintance, Sir William Ingilby, in which he recommends a candidate (unnamed) for a Demyship.
Fol. 46: Letter from Francis Charles Massingberd (address, Candlesby House, Spilsby) to Martin Routh, 9 Dec 1847. Massingberd thanks Routh for acknowledging the present of his book (Massingberd had published a new edition of his book The English Reformation in 1847, but there appears to be no copy of this in the Routh Library at Durham).
Fol. 47: Letter (2 sheets) from Francis Charles Massingberd (address, Candlesby, near Spilsby) to Martin Routh, 12 Feb 1849. Massingberd thanks Routh for sending him the fifth volume of Reliquiae Sacrae. He has agreed to write a volume about the Church in India, and seeks Routh’s advice for the best authority on the Syrian and Nestorian Christians.
Fol. 48: Letter from Francis Charles Massingberd (address, Ormsby near Alford, Lincs.) to Martin Routh, 22 Mar 1852. Massingberd has been asked by Sir Charles Anderson to recommend an undergraduate at University College, Digby Legard, for a Demyship (the application was unsuccessful).
Fol. 49: Letter from Francis Charles Massingberd (address, Wimbledon, Surrey) to Martin Routh, 6 Jul 1852. Massingberd thanks Routh for sending him his notes on the episcopacy and the apostolic succession. He hopes to come to Oxford for an election (unspecified; for Parliament?), and looks forward to seeing Routh then.
Fol. 50: Letter (2 sheets) from Francis Charles Massingberd (address, Ormsby near Alford) to Martin Routh, 23 Sep 1853. Massingberd thanks Routh for sending him a copy of his supplementary treatise De episcopis. In turn, he sends Routh a book which he acquired at Rome from its author, Dr. Dressel (this may be a copy of Dressel’s edition of the works of St. Epiphanius, published in 1842, of which there is indeed a copy in the Routh Library).
Fol. 51: Letter from Francis Charles Massingberd (address, Ormsby Parsonage, Alford) to Martin Routh, 6 Dec 1853. Massingberd thanks Routh for his annotations on a passage of St. Irenaeus.
Fol. 52: Latin exercise by John Alington (d. 1883; D. 1818–25; F. 1825–35).
Fol. 52: A translation into Latin of the same passage as in Fols. 41–43 above, this time by John Alington.
Fols. 53–62: Letters from John Frederick Winterbottom (D. 1819–21; F. 1821–7).
Fol. 53: Letter (in Latin; bottom left-hand corner missing) from John Frederick Winterbottom to Martin Routh, undated (Jul 1819?). Winterbottom thanks Routh for electing him to a Demyship.
Fol. 54: Letter from John Frederick Winterbottom (address, Newbury) to Martin Routh, 8 Jul 1826. Winterbottom stands to inherit a large bequest from his father, and discusses with Routh whether he should give up part of it to his mother or not, because this might affect his eligibility to retain his Fellowship.
Fol. 55: Letter from John Frederick Winterbottom (address, Newbury) to Martin Routh, 12 Dec 1826. Winterbottom returns to the question of his inheritance from his father. He has decided to accept the whole amount. He therefore wishes to check with Routh whether he would have to resign his Fellowship as a result.
Fol. 56: Letter from John Frederick Winterbottom (address, Newbury) to Martin Routh, 5 Feb 1827. Winterbottom is content to agree with the decision of the College on his Fellowship, namely that he is to resign it. The main problem is that quite a bit of the land appears to be held on copyhold tenure.
Fol. 57: Letter from John Frederick Winterbottom (address, Newbury) to Martin Routh, 14 Feb 1827. Winterbottom encloses a formal resignation of his Fellowship, and expresses his thanks to Routh and the College.
Fol. 58: Letter from John Frederick Winterbottom (address, Lincolns Inn) to Martin Routh, 2 Mar 1840. Winterbottom encloses for Routh the first volume of Dr. Wiseman’s lectures on the Eucharist (probably Nicholas Wiseman, The real presence of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the blessed Eucharist (1836), of which there is a copy in the Routh Library). Dr. Turton, the Regius Professor of Cambridge has been writing a riposte to these, but Winterbottom wonders whether Routh could recommend someone to write a rather better response.
Fol. 59: Letter from John Frederick Winterbottom (address, Lincolns Inn) to Martin Routh, 26 Jan 1841. Winterbottom thanks Routh for sending him a copy of the second edition of his Scriptorum ecclesiasticorum opuscula.
Fol. 60: Letter from John Frederick Winterbottom (address, Athenaeum Club, London) to Martin Routh, 18 Jun 1850. Winterbottom, who has just returned from the continent, writes to thank Routh for a copy of the fifth volume of Reliquiae Sacrae (which had been published in 1848) He reports that he has left Lincoln’s Inn now, and is resident in England only for a few months of the year, at East Woodhay.
Fol. 61: Letter from John Frederick Winterbottom (address, London) to Martin Routh, 2 Jan 1833. Winterbottom thanks Routh for sending him a copy of Scriptorum ecclesiasticorum opuscula.
Fol. 62: Part of notes for counsel’s opinion on J. F. Winterbottom’s case over his inherited land, with comments added in another hand (possibly Charles Wetherell’s); undated, but presumably 1826/7.
Fols. 63–64: Letters from James Robert Pears (d. 1865; D. 1820–6; F. 1826–35).
Fol. 63: Letter from James Robert Pears (address, Bath) to Martin Routh, 7 Feb 1833. Pears has a friend who has been appointed to preside over a College in which he will train men for the church. He asks Routh whether he could suggest for his friend a selection of theological works to read which he might find useful.
Fol. 64: Letter from James Robert Pears (address, Bath) to Martin Routh, 14 Feb (year not given, presumably 1835). Pears has just married, and so resigns his post at Magdalen. He expresses his thanks to Routh and the College.
Fol. 65: Letter from Frederick Graeme Middleton (d. 1863; D. 1821–30).
Fol. 65: Letter from Frederick Graeme Middleton (address, Hildersham near Linton, Cambs.) to Martin Routh, “Friday 27 Oct” (postmarked 1826). Middleton has accepted a curacy, and he wishes to check whether it will be compatible with his Demyship. Routh has written a draft reply on the back.
Fols. 66–69: Letters and poems from Richard Clarke Sewell (1803–64; D. 1821–37; F. 1837–56).
Fol. 66: MS text of a poem, “Palmyra”, by Richard Clarke Sewell, undated. Sewell won the Newdigate Prize in 1825.
Fol. 67: MS text of poem, “Liberty restored to Greece by the Roman Senate”, by Richard Clarke Sewell, 21 Jul 1821.
Fol. 68: Letter from Richard Clarke Sewell (address, Winchester) to Martin Routh, 5 Jan 1840. Sewell hopes to come to Oxford to attend a Committee meeting.
Fol. 69: Letter from Richard Clarke Sewell (address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, 25 Jan 1840. Sewell announces his attention to proceed to the degree of DCL (which he received in November that year).
Fols. 70–72: Letters from and concerning Richard Durnford (1802–95; D. 1822–7; F. 1827–35; Hon. F. 1888).
Fol. 70: Letter from John Keate (Headmaster of Eton 1809–34; address, Eton) to Martin Routh, 18 Jul 1822. Keate recommends to Routh Richard Durnford, who is coming to Oxford to apply for a Demyship.
Fol. 71: Letter (in Latin) from Richard Durnford (no address given) to Martin Routh, undated (July 1822). Durnford thanks Routh for his being elected a Demy.
Fol. 72: Letter from Richard Durnford (address, Middleton Rectory, Manchester) to Martin Routh, 21 Dec 1844. Durnford would like to put his name back on the College books, so that he can vote again in Convocation, and asks Routh how to do this.
Fol. 73: Letter concerning George Wells (d. 1872; D. 1823–8; F. 1828–36).
Fol. 73: Letter from George Wells (address, Boxford) to Martin Routh, 6 Mar 1823. Wells wishes his eldest son George Wells Jr., who is currently at Exeter College, to apply for a Demyship. He hopes that he will be successful (he was).
Fol. 74: Letter concerning Thomas Sale (d. 1873; D. 1823–33; F. 1833–5).
Fol. 74: Letter from J. H. C. Moor (address, Rugby) to Martin Routh, 21 Jun 1822. Moor’s brother-in-law Thomas Sale will be applying for a Demyship once again, having applied last year, and he hopes that he will be more fortunate this time (as it was, Sale had to try a third time before he was successful).
Fols. 75–77: Letters from and concerning Francis Knyvett Leighton (d. 1881; D. 1823–9).
Fol. 75: Letter (2 sheets) from Richard Heber (address, Westminster?) to Martin Routh, “Tuesday 16 July” (1822). Heber recommends Francis Knyvett Leighton for a Demyship (if Leighton did apply in 1822, he was unlucky; but he was successful the following year).
Fol. 76: Letter (in Latin) from Francis Knyvett Leighton (no address given) to Martin Routh, undated (Jul 1823?). Leighton thanks Routh for his election as a Demy.
Fol. 77: Letter from John Wooll (Headmaster of Rugby 1807–28; address, Rugby) to Martin Routh, 7 (month missing; July?) 1823. Wooll recommends Francis Knyvett Leighton for a Demyship.
Fol. 78: Letter concerning William Robertson (d. 1877; D. 1824–36; F. 1836–77).
Fol. 78: Letter from John Dupré (address, Wymouth) to Martin Routh, 9 Jan 1821. Dupré recommends his pupil William Robertson for a Demyship at the forthcoming election (he had to wait until 1824 before he was successful).
Fol. 79: Letter concerning William Pilkington (d. 1832; D. 1824–31; F. 1831–2).
Fol. 79: Letter from Charles Pilkington (D. 1794–8; address, Shopwick near Chichester) to Martin Routh, 7 Feb 1823. Pilkington offers his third son William Pilkington (D. 1824–31; F. 1831–2) as a candidate for a Demyship.
Fols. 80–83: Letters from and concerning Thomas May Wetherell (d. 1873; D. 1824–9). See further MC:PR30/1/C2/10, Fols. 71–72, not least on the reasons for his departure from Oxford.
Fol. 80: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Tilehurst near Reading) to Mr. Scott (Thomas Scott, D. 1785–92; address, Bromley College, Kent), 7 May 1830. As promised, Routh includes in this letter a liceat migrare for Thomas May Wetherell to enable him to take his degree at Cambridge or Dublin.
Fol. 81: Letter from Richard Wetherell (address not given) to an unnamed addressee, 12 May 1830. Wetherell sends the preceding letter to his correspondent. Unfortunately, Routh called his son “Henry Wetherell”, and made a mistake about number of terms he had attended. Wetherell therefore asks if he could have a corrected version of the liceat migrare sent to him to give his son.
Fol. 82: Letter from Thomas May Wetherell (address, Wing Rectory, Uppingham, Rutlandshire) to Martin Routh, 22 Jul 1837. Wetherell has just taken his MA degree from Dublin, and asks if he can therefore be incorporated in the University of Oxford, and have his name restored to the College books.
Fol. 83: Letter from Thomas May Wetherell (address, Mansion House) to Martin Routh, “Tuesday 21 July” (year not given; 1836?). Wetherell plans to take his MA from Dublin shortly, and then would like to have his name put on the College books. He would like to know how to proceed in this matter.
The following items were found loose at the end of this book:
No. 1: Letter from David Henry Urquhart (matr. Magd. 1771; address, Gainsborough) to Martin Routh, 7 Apr 1792. Urquhart reports on a visit to an unnamed place (Gainsborough or a neighbouring town or village?), and debates whether he would like to take the living there. His wife is recovering from having just given birth.
No. 2: Letter from Septimus Collinson (Septimus Collinson, 1739–1827, Provost of Queen’s 1796–1827; address, Holwell) to Martin Routh, 3 Aug 1795. Collinson agrees to come and vote in Convocation on an unspecified matter in support of a friend of Routh.
No. 3: Letter from Charles Talbot, 15th Earl of Shrewsbury (1753–1827; no address given), to Martin Routh, 15 Oct 1797. Shrewsbury indignantly refuses to relinquish the manorial rights of South Newington.
No. 4: Letter from Thomas Massingberd (address, Scarborough) to Martin Routh, 3 Oct 1801. Massingberd is a College tenant in Candlesby, and has recently built a new house there. He now applies for the deputation of the manor of Candlesby.
No. 5: Letter from Martin Routh (address, Oxford) to an unnamed addressee, 26 Oct 1802, which appears to have been torn from a guardbook, because parts of one side are missing. It discusses the case of Francis Massingberd (D. 1775–81; F. 1781–1824). Massingberd’s medical bills with Dr. Thomas Arnold will be paid out of his Fellowship stipend, and any extra money will be placed in the hands of his relatives. Routh agrees that Massingberd may be removed into private care if Dr. Arnold agrees to it. See also MC:PR30/1/C2/6 fols. 5–26 for other letters about Francis Massingberd.
No. 6: Letter from James Dove (address, New Boswell Court) to Martin Routh, 20 May 1803. Dove writes in relation to his friend Mr. Fisher. Fisher’s health is not allowing him to perform his duties as Steward of Magdalen College, and is looking to recommend a successor. Dove suggests that he might be the right person for the job.
No. 7: Copy of a petition to Parliament for leave to sell the tithes of Basing and East Worldham, 6 Feb 1810. This petition is supported by the Bishop of Winchester.
No. 8: Copy (c. 1814?) in Routh’s hand of a letter sent to the Bishop of Winchester, in his capacity as Visitor of the College, on the case of Henry Lloyd Loring (D. 1802–7; F. 1807–16), who has been appointed a Chaplin and Secretary to Lord Moira, and will be travelling to India with him. The College asks whether Loring may apply regularly for leave of absence by letter while he is out there, which is not something permitted under the statutes. (Loring left for India in 1814, and this permission was granted him). See also MC:PR30/1/C2/10 fols. 15–18 for other letters from Loring.
No. 9: Draft letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to an unnamed addressee, undated (c. 1815?). The correspondent had been promised the tenancy of Skyres (late Scures) Farm in 1806, but in 1813 it was leased to a Mr. Pearce, who is likely to hold it until at least 1825.
No. 10: Letter from Martin Davy (Master of Gonville and Caius College, 1803–39; address, Caius Lodge) to Martin Routh, 2 Jul 1816. Davy congratulates Routh on what is probably the latest volume of Reliquiae Sacrae. Dr. Parr is planning to visit him at his house in Heacham in Norfolk, and Davy hopes that Routh might be able to come out and join them.
No. 11: Letter from Thomas Winstanley (address, St. Alban Hall) to Martin Routh, 21 Jul 1817. Winstanley passes on a letter from his son William. He hears that his other son Henry Winstanley (D. 1806–16; F. 1816–26), because of what he thought was improper conduct at the time of his election to a Fellowship, is anxious about offering himself to be admitted as an actual Fellow. He encourages Routh to write to Henry to put his mind at rest. See also MC:PR30/1/C2/10 No. 31 for another letter about Henry Winstanley.
No. 12: Letter from Sophia Graves (address, Streatley) to Martin Routh and the Fellows of Magdalen College, 23 Jul 1819. Graves is the daughter of William Graves, who was Porter at Magdalen for thirty years. On her mother’s death, she lived with her brother in France, but left him on account of his poor treatment of her. She set up as a dressmaker in Streatley, but the business has failed. A clergyman, Henry Davies, who is due to return to India has invited her to join them there, if she can pay for her passage, which will cost £50. She asks if the College will contribute towards this expense. See MC:PR30/1/C2/10 Fol. 25 on her later life.
No. 13: Letter from John Lonsdale (Principal of King’s College London 1839–43; Bishop of Lichfield, 1843–67; address, King’s College London) to Martin Routh, 12 Jul 1839. Lonsdale sends Routh an appeal for building a hospital near King’s College. He understands that Magdalen College owns land in the area, so that its tenants might benefit from this institution.
No. 14: Draft letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to an unnamed addressee (evidently the then Bishop of Winchester), undated, but written on the back of a letter postmarked Jan 1842, from which a stamp has been cut away at a later date, losing some of the text. The letter relates to the journey, made by William Palmer (D. 1826–32; F. 1832–55) to Russia in 1840–1 and his plans to return there. See also MC:PR30/1/C2/12 Fols. 1–23 for letters from William Palmer.
No. 15: Undated memorandum in Routh’s hand concerning possible uses for the Sheppard Fund. Written c. 1850, because it talks of the building of the new Magdalen College School. It is proposed that about £500 a year be put towards erecting and endowing a hall for poor scholars at Oxford. This was a proposal seriously considered at Magdalen in the early 1850s, which Routh eventually vetoed.
No. 16: Undated memorandum in Routh’s hand on whether to dismiss the senior cook for fraud or not.
No. 17: Draft letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to an unnamed addressee, undated. Routh thanks his correspondent for an unspecified service, and sends him a copy of Musgrave’s edition of Euripides. References in it to the Scottish Episcopal Church suggest that the correspondent is member of that church, possibly even a bishop in it.
No. 18: Undated note apparently in Routh’s hand about the quantity of arable land at Horspath.
No. 19: Letter from Mr. Jerram (address, Rectory, Witney) to Martin Routh, 27 Jul (year not given). Jerram asks Routh to check with the President of St. John’s when they would like to receive the venison usually presented by the Bishop of Winchester.
No. 20: Undated note in Routh’s hand apparently on College estate matters.
No. 21: Letter from Thomas Bridges (address, Witney) to Martin Routh, “Thursday”. Bridges reports on the state of his son’s injured leg. (The identity of this correspondent is unknown; he seems to have had no Magdalen links, and no one called Bridges who was at Magdalen in Routh’s time had a father called Thomas)
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