MC:PR30/1/C2/4 Letters from Demies elected 1761-70
Guardbook bound in dark green covers, with “Letters from Demies 1761 1770” on the spine. This guardbook contains letters from and concerning Demies elected between 1761 and 1770. It also includes those Demies who were later elected Fellows.
Fol. 1: Letter from Christopher Taylor (d. 1822; D. 1761–71; F. 1771–85).
Fol. 1: Letter from Christopher Taylor (address, Moyles Court, near Ringwood) to Martin Routh, 1 Apr 1793. Taylor promises to support the campaign to have James Hurdis (D. 1782–8; F. 1788–1800) elected Professor of Poetry. He promises to investigate an unspecified matter relating to the parsonage at Selborne.
Fols. 2–5: Letters from William Deacle (d. 1816; D. 1761–72; F. 1772–92).
Fol. 2: Letter from William Deacle (address, Marston) to Martin Routh, 2 Apr 1788. Deacle hears that Routh has been unwell, and reports on his own poor health. He sends Routh a copy of a letter to him from Dr. Pindar, and his reply, apparently in relation to a dispute about the College’s accounts and a possible error in one of the Libri Computi.
Fol. 3: Letter from William Deacle (address, Thorpe) to Martin Routh, 30 Aug 1791. Deacle weighs up the options of taking up the College livings of Willoughby and Stanway, expressing a preference for the former.
Fol. 4: Letter from William Deacle (address, Thorpe) to Martin Routh, 2 Nov 1791. Deacle enclosed a letter (lost) from a College tenant. He encourages Routh to visit Syresham, and check on some damage to College woodland there. He also has news of the leasing of the tithes at Willoughby.
Fol. 5: Letter from William Deacle (address, Thorpe) to Martin Routh, 28 Feb 1792. Deacle has been checking his papers relating to his term as Bursar for an unspecified matter, but without success.
Fol. 6: [blank]
Fol. 7: Letter from Edmund Cartwright (1743–1823; D. 1762–4; F. 1764–73).
Fol. 7: Letter from Edmund Cartwright (no address given) to Martin Routh, 25 Mar 1806. Cartwright sends Routh some papers written when he was an undergraduate at Magdalen.
Fols. 8–9: Letters from Thomas Hatch (d. 1828: D. 1762–73; F. 1778–86).
Fol. 8: Letter from Thomas Hatch (address, Washington) to Martin Routh, 20 Aug 1794. Hatch is anxious to hear from Routh with regard to a request made by him for financial assistance in rebuilding work on the church at Washington.
Fol. 9: Letter from Thomas Hatch (address, Washington) to Martin Routh, 19 Jan 1813. Hatch has lost a lawsuit with Mr. Goring of Wiston, and may have to pay £400. The College has already given him £80, and he wonders whether they might be able to help him again.
Fols. 10–14: Letters from and concerning Charles Walker (d. 1811; D. 1762–81; F. 1781–97).
Fol. 10: Letter from Charles Walker (address, Warley Camp) to Martin Routh, 4 Sep 1794. Walker consents to the proposal to invite Fellows to decline an increase in dividends, and puts his own name forward for this.
Fol. 11: Letter from Charles Walker (address, Slimbridge) to Martin Routh, 9 Jun 1800. The landowners of Slimbridge wish for an enclosure to take place there, and so Walker asks Routh to seek the College’s approval for this plan.
Fol. 12: Letter from Thomas Davis (address, Gloucester) to Martin Routh, 25 Oct 1800. Davis joins Charles Walker in asking Magdalen College to give its approval to the proposed enclosure of Slimbridge.
Fol. 13: Letter from Charles Walker (address, Slimbridge near Dursley) to Martin Routh, 16 Jan 1801. Walker returns to the proposed enclosure of Slimbridge, pointing out the possible benefits to the incumbent of the living.
Fol. 14: Letter from John Davis (address, Bloxham) to Martin Routh, 14 Apr 1801. Davis discusses fine details in the wording of the enclosure bill for Slimbridge, especially with regards to the tithes of the parish.
Fol. 15: Letter from John Washbourn (d. 1805; D. 1763–74; F. 1774–1805).
Fol. 15: Letter from John Washbourn (address, Cirencester) to Martin Routh, 17 Sep 1794. Washbourn discusses the questions of beneficial leases for incumbents of College livings, the possibility of his accepting preferment, and the proposal not to accept an increase in the Fellows’ dividend, which he supports.
Fol. 16: Letter concerning John Curtis (d. 1820; D. 1763–77; F. 1777–1820).
Fol. 16: Letter from an unknown writer (address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, Monday 3 June [1820?]. The writer (evidently a doctor) reports that he has taken a large quantity of blood from Curtis, and two other doctors who have seen him expressed grave concern about any hope of recovery. Since Curtis died on 3 June 1820, this letter may have been written on that very day.
Fol. 17: Letter from John Shaw (d. 1824: D. 1764–71; F. 1771–1824). See also MC:PR30/4/MS/1 for various letters and documents concerning Shaw’s appointment to the living of South Petherwin.
Fol. 17: Letter from John Shaw (address not given) to Martin Routh, undated (1790s?). Shaw recommends one John Gould to Routh to succeed “old Cosier” when there was a vacancy. Cosier was a College servant (see MC:PR30/1/C2/6 Fol. 30, which suggests that he was dead by 1795).
Fol. 18: Letter from Charles Williams (d. 1808; D. 1766–75; D. 1775–83). See also MC:PR30/1/C1/3 Fols. 5 & 35, and MC:PR30/1/C4/12 Fol. 49 for other letters from this correspondent.
Fol. 18: Letter from Charles Williams (address, Woolbeding) to an unnamed addressee, 14 Jul 1803. Williams regrets that he has no influence at Magdalen now, not even with President Routh, for putting in a word for nominating a friend to an unspecified place there.
Fols. 19–35: Letters from Nathaniel Bridges (d. 1834; D. 1767–75; F. 1775–93).
Fol. 19: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Orlingbury) to Martin Routh, 18 Apr (year not given, but postmarked 1791). Bridges promises to vote for Routh in the forthcoming Presidential election.
Fol. 20: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Orlingbury) to Martin Routh, 13 Feb (year not given, and the postmark is illegible; possibly 1792 or 1793). Bridges apparently discusses his possible resignation as Fellow. He also confesses that he is love with the daughter of a country gentleman, but fears that it may not prove possible to marry her.
Fol. 21: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Clifton, near Bristol) to Martin Routh, 3 Mar 1809. Bridges recommends to Routh’s acquaintance one Dr. Buchanan (Claudius Buchanan, 1766–1815, East India Company chaplain). He regrets that he missed Routh when he was last in Oxford, because he wanted to thank him for his kindness to a recently deceased nephew of his (probably Brooke Bridges, D. 1805–7; d. 1807).
Fol. 22: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Clifton, near Bristol) to Martin Routh, 24 Apr 1809. Bridges asks Routh to intervene in an apparent dispute between him and Samuel Parr. He would regret it if their friendship were interrupted. The letter also bears a copy (not in Routh’s hand) of Routh’s reply, written from Amport, Hants., on 17 May 1809. Routh passes on a message from Parr, and urges the two of them to be reconciled.
Fol. 23: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Willoughby, near Daventry) to Martin Routh, 5 Sep 1810. Bridges suggests that one William Crupper of Willoughby be appointed the new College gamekeeper for the manor there.
Fol. 24: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Clifton) to Martin Routh, 5 Dec 1814. A friend of Bridges is passing through Oxford, and Bridges takes the chance to send him this letter, in which he thanks him for the present of the first volumes of Reliquiae Sacrae.
Fol. 25: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address not given) to Martin Routh, 31 Dec 1823. Bridges is glad to hear that Routh is good health, but he himself is still suffering from the death of his wife a year ago. He recommends the son of a friend of his, Mr. Bromfield, for the forthcoming Warwickshire Fellowship (Bromfield was not elected).
Fol. 26: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Richmond Terrace, Clifton) to Martin Routh, 10 Feb 1826. Bridges discusses the forthcoming Parliamentary election in Oxford: he is glad that he is no longer on Magdalen’s books, or he would have had trouble deciding who to support. He reflects on Dr. Parr’s sermons, and concludes that, for all Parr’s virtues in other areas, he was no theologian.
Fol. 27: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Holloway Park) to Martin Routh, 12 Jul 1827. Bridges recalls with pleasure his recent meeting with Routh and his wife. He recommends for the vacant Oxfordshire Fellowship one Daniel Wilson (unsuccessfully).
Fol. 28: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Foots Cray) to Martin Routh, Sunday 24 Oct (year not given; since it is addressed to “Mr. Routh”, it must date from before 1791, when he graduated as DD; 24 October falls on a Sunday in 1790). Bridges is coming to Oxford this term, and asks Routh to instruct his bedmaker Samuel to get his rooms ready for his arrival.
Fol. 29: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Willoughby) to Martin Routh, 17 Jul 1829. Bridges recommends the son of the Archdeacon of Coventry, Mr. Spooner, for a Demyship (unsuccessfully).
Fol. 30: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, No. 8 Axton Buildings, Bath) to Martin Routh, 14 Dec (year not given, but probably before 1801, when Sophia Routh, to whom he sends his greetings, married Thomas Sheppard). Bridges regrets that he will not be able to attend a forthcoming election, but he wishes to keep his name on the College’s books. He disapproves of the Lady Margaret Professorship being given to the Head of a College.
Fol. 31: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Willoughby) to Martin Routh, 12 Apr (year not given; probably 1792). Bridges has been seeing Dr. Parr, who was pleased to hear of the death of the King of Sweden (Gustav III, assassinated 29 Mar 1792). He recommends one Benjamin Blackhall as a groom for Routh.
Fol. 32: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Willoughby) to Martin Routh, 18 Jul (year not given). Bridges recommends Thomas Weetman to be appointed gamekeeper for Willoughby. He reports on a quarrel with Samuel Parr.
Fol. 33: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Willoughby near Daventry) to Martin Routh, 19 Oct (year not given). Bridges understands that there is a possibility of presenting John Shaw (D. 1764–71; F. 1771–1824) to a College living. In confidence, Bridges protests that, although he likes Shaw as a person and scholar, he cannot imagine him as a parish priest.
Fol. 34: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Willoughby) to Martin Routh, 19 Mar (year not given). Bridges bewails to Routh his treatment at the hands of Dr. Parr.
Fol. 35: Letter from Nathaniel Bridges (address, Hatton) to Martin Routh, 1 Aug (year not given; 1805?). Bridges hopes to visit Routh in Oxford with his wife soon, and he thanks Routh for his support of his nephew (probably Brooke Bridges, D. 1805–7; d. 1807). He is currently staying with Dr. Parr.
Fol. 36: Letter from Richard Goldesborough (d. 1818; Ch. 1761–7; D. 1767–81; F. 1781–94).
Fol. 36: Letter from Richard Goldesborough (address, Bruton) to John Covey (D. 1772–80; F. 1780–1801) as Bursar, 14 Mar 1799. Goldesborough sends Covey payment for Land Tax for Saunderton.
Fols. 37–38: Letters from John Lichfield (d. 1803; D. 1768–80; F. 1780–9).
Fol. 37: Letter from John Lichfield (address, Whitchurch, near Reading) to Martin Routh, 14 Feb 1793. Lichfield regrets that he could not call on Routh when he was in Magdalen, because he wishes to discuss with him the question of the leases on impropriate tithes, and which parishes will benefit from an increase in income.
Fol. 38: Letter from John Lichfield (address not given) to Martin Routh, undated. Lichfield sends Routh letters from a Dr. Pilkington and a Mr. Goring concerning properties which they are leasing from Magdalen.
Fols. 39–44: Letters from and concerning William Andrew Jenner (d. 1832; D. 1769–85; F. 1785–1832).
Fol. 39: Letter from William Andrew Jenner (address, Magdalen College) to Martin Routh, 8 May 1803. Jenner has heard nothing about Edward Ellerton’s appeal (about being elected a Fellow), and passes on the latest pieces of news from Magdalen.
Fol. 40: [the cover of the letter of Fol. 39 given this number in error]
Fols. 41–43: 3 pages of accounts for William Jenner’s estate on his death. Jenner had left money to Magdalen.
Fol. 44: Notes in Routh’s hand, apparently concerning the finances of William Jenner in the light of his bequest to Magdalen College.
Fols. 45–47: Letters from and concerning Benjamin Tate d. 1820; D. 1769–80; F. 1780–1820).
Fol. 45: Letter from Benjamin Tate (address, Michaelstone near Cardiff) to Martin Routh, 10 Aug 1803. Tate has been asked to tell Routh that a Mr. Michell of Brighton is eager to succeed Mr. Fisher as Steward of Magdalen, although he himself knows nothing about Michell’s abilities.
Fol. 46: Letter from Benjamin Tate (address, Michaelstone near Cardiff) to Martin Routh, 1 Nov 1806. Tate has already promised to support Mr. Abbott in the forthcoming Parliamentary election, which means that he is unable to vote for Richard Heber, as Routh asked him to.
Fol. 47: Letter from George Tate (address, Langdown) to Martin Routh, 24 Jul 1821. Tate thanks Routh for drafting a memorial inscription to his brother Benjamin, who died in 1820.
Fols. 48–50: Letters from William Alcock (d. 1813; D. 1770–83; F. 1783–1810).
Fol. 48: Letter from William Alcock (address not given) to Martin Routh, 13 Oct 1794. Alcock agrees to an unspecified measure agreed on by the College (presumably to freeze the size of the dividend that year).
Fol. 49: Letter from William Alcock (address, Trotton, near Midhurst) to Martin Routh, 26 Jan 1796. Alcock understands that he is to serve as Dean of Divinity in the coming year. He hopes that he will not have to attend services in College regularly.
Fol. 50: Letter from William Alcock (address, Selborne) to Martin Routh, 26 May 1812. Alcock reports on the death of Farmer Spencer, a College tenant. Spencer had hoped that his second son and son-in-law might succeed him in the tenancy. Alcock recommends this action to the College.
Fols. 51–52: Letters from James Hawkins (d. 1846; D. 1770–89; F. 1789–99).
Fol. 51: Letter from James Hawkins (address, Bampton) to Martin Routh, 1 Aug 1788. Hawkins offers a copy of the edition of his Bampton sermons to the College Library.
Fol. 52: Letter from James Hawkins (address, Bampton) to Martin Routh, 16 Oct 1794. Hawkins agrees to the proposed freeze in the College dividend.
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