MC:PR30/1/C1/4 Family Letters Vol. IV (1788-1848)
Guardbook bound in dark green covers, with “M. J. Routh Vol. IV” on the spine. It contains miscellaneous notes and letters relating to Routh not least concerning the producing of his books, which Bloxam brought together here.
Fol. 1: Chronological table of events from the Old Testament, in Routh’s hand, with Adam’s creation reckoned as Year 1.
Fol. 2: List of the Archbishops of Canterbury appointed between 1532 and 1768, probably not in Routh’s hand.
Fol. 3: Chronological tables of events from the creation of Adam to the death of Commodus, in Routh’s hand.
Fol. 4: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee, addressed as “Right Honourable”, 17 Jan 1800. Routh expresses his concern at proposals to call Parliament an Imperial Parliament.
Fol. 5: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed bishop, addressed as “My Lord”, 19 Nov 1838. Routh thanks the bishop for a copy of his episcopal charge.
Fol. 6: Copy in Routh’s hand of “To a Butterfly”, by Baron Smith of the Irish Exchequer, taken from the Morning Herald of 7 Sep 1836.
Fol. 7: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee, undated (c. 1800–10?). Routh discusses a request for a volunteer corps to carry out their exercises in Magdalen.
Fol. 8: Letter from Routh to “Mr. Byfield” (address, 8 Beak Street, Regent Street, London), 12 Feb 1837. Byfield has asked Routh to speak to the Duke of Wellington on his behalf; Routh refuses on the grounds that he does not know the Duke.
Fol. 9: Draft note from Routh to “Mr. Parker”, undated. Routh thanks Parker for giving him a publication on patristic theology.
Fol. 10: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed female addressee, undated. Routh is unable to help his correspondent in an unspecified matter relating to a Mrs. Chaloner.
Fol. 11: Sheet with parts of four draft letters from Routh. They are as follows: (i) to a Mr. Ogilvie, undated, in which Routh discusses his health; (ii) to an unnamed addressee, dated Jan 1842, again discussing his health; (iii) to an unnamed addressee, undated, asking whether he is still interested in putting forward his son for a choristership; (iv) to an unnamed addressee, undated, apparently on the subject of a second edition of one of Routh’s works (the Reliquiae Sacrae?).
Fol. 12: Draft note from Routh to the Archbishop of Cashel, thanking him for a publication. Undated, but written on a fragment of a printed sheet dated 15 March 1838.
Fol. 13: Sheet, undated, with two notes by Routh on it, numbered I and II. “I” is an explanation of Routh’s refusal to answer any more enquiries on an unspecified subject of which he disapproves; “II” is an explanation of Routh’s concern against betraying the liberty of the subject.
Fol. 14: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed Editor, undated. Routh protests against a proposal to give Home Rule to Ireland.
Fol. 15: Note in Routh’s hand on the use of the word “Catholic”.
Fol. 16: Sheet of paper, with on one side a “Clerk’s List”, giving the names of Clerks by services on days of the week (function uncertain), and on the other what appears to be a draft letter from Routh to Oxford University Press on the publication of the second edition of one of his works (the Reliquiae Sacrae?). Undated, but the clerks were only all at Magdalen during the years 1846–8.
Fol. 17: Verses, written in Routh’s hand, to accompany the gift of a pen to his wife Eliza (née Blagrave), undated. Published in Macray, Register, V, 115.
Fol. 18: Sheet of paper with, on one side, a request from one Simon Pidsley of Exeter College, for a dispensation for absence towards an MA degree, dated 1 Mar 1810, and on the other, a draft letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee, about doing an unspecified good turn to the son of a Mr. South.
Fol. 19: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee, sending his condolences on the death of the addressee’s father.
Fol. 20: Latin quatrain in elegiac couplets in Routh’s hand, in praise of an unnamed woman (perhaps intended for an epitaph?).
Fol. 21: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee, which appears to relate to the Scottish Episcopalian church (there is a reference to the Bishop of Edinburgh).
Fol. 22: Draft letter from Routh to Mr. Hatchett, “Thursday Even”, regretting that they are unable to meet, and suggesting another time.
Fol. 23: Sheet with two draft letters from Routh, one thanking a Mr. Lancaster for the present of a book, the other on subscription payments to the Spottiswoode Society.
Fol. 24: Sheet of rough notes in Routh’s hand on a Syriac version of the works of St. Ignatius, and on the binding of some of Routh’s books.
Fol. 25: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee (William Windham?), 19 Oct 1806. Routh asks the addressee whether or not he is willing to stand as an MP for the University of Oxford.
Fol. 26: Letter from Routh to Sophia Sheppard, Apr. 1848. Routh reports that he has been in poor health of late, and encloses Fol. 27 below.
Fol. 27: Letter from Lord Forbes (address, Cheltenham) to Routh, 8 Apr 1848. He is glad that Routh’s health has improved, and discusses Mrs. Sheppard’s proposed gift for a new church. He notes that she wants to support the endowment rather than the building of the church, and realises that he will have to find some trustees to administer it.
Fol. 28: First page of a sermon in Routh’s hand on Luke 24.49.
Fol. 29: Copy in Routh’s hand of a parody of an epitaph composed by Joseph Bodenham, Rector of Stoke Ash, Routh’s great-uncle. Routh has copied it onto an envelope postmarked Sept 1828.
Fol. 30: Copy by Routh of “A Scotch Ode”, published in The Times, 29 Apr 1833.
Fol. 31: Copy by Routh of a poem titled Answer to the Vicar of Bray by a Hanover Tory, written by John Routh.
Fol. 32: Draft letter from Routh to Dr. Burney (?Charles Burney, 1757–1817), 14 Jul 1807. Routh thanks Burney for an unspecified present to Magdalen College (it appears to be a book).
Fol. 33: Letter from Walter Vicary (O. 1797–1845) to Routh, “Thursday Morning”, to accompany the present of a turbot from Birmingham. Routh has used this letter on which to draft a letter of his own to an unnamed addressee, in which he discusses the arrangements for the election of Demies.
Fol. 34: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed Bishop, undated, thanking him for sending an unspecified publication.
Fol. 35: Letter from Routh to “Mr. Nicoll” of the Bodleian Library, asking him to confirm a reference. Nicoll has sent the letter back, writing the reference on it.
Fol. 36: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee, undated. It is very hard to read, but appears to discuss the Episcopalian Church in Scotland.
Fol. 37: Fragment of notes, possibly in Routh’s hand (although they are unusually neat for him), undated. They discuss the role of bishops in the English Constitution.
Fol. 38: Printed leaflet issued by Routh, Oxford 1788, advertising his intention to produce a publication which will become his Reliquiae Sacrae.
Fol. 39: Draft application from Routh to an unnamed Board (presumably of the Delegates of Oxford University Press) offering his Reliquiae Sacrae for publication.
Fol. 40: Draft letter from Routh to “Dear Mr. Dean” (Thomas Gaisford, Dean of Christ Church?) about sending in corrections to Reliquiae Sacrae.
Fol. 41: Draft letter from Routh, presumably to Oxford University Press, proposing a corrected edition of Reliquiae Sacrae, 1836.
Fol. 42: Latin text in Routh’s hand headed “Praefatio”, apparently suitable for Reliquiae Sacrae, but seemingly not used in any published edition.
Fol. 43: MS version of the dedicatory note to Reliquiae Sacrae, addressed to the Bishops of the Episcopalian Church in Scotland.
Fol. 44: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed Bishop, 29 Jul 1789. Routh alludes to his plans for Reliquiae Sacrae.
Fol. 45: Draft letter from Routh to an unnamed bishop, offering him a copy of Reliquiae Sacrae. Undated, but presumably c. 1814.
Fol. 46: Letter from Lord Grenville (William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville, 1759–1834, Prime Minister 1806–7 and Chancellor of the University of Oxford 1810–34; address, Camelford House) to Routh, 8 Nov 1814. Grenville discusses the procedure for presenting books to the Prince Regent, suggesting that Routh might present his work to the Prince in person.
Fol. 47: Letter from Lord Grenville (address, Dropmore) to Routh, 19 Nov 1814. Grenville has arranged for a copy of Reliquiae Sacrae to be presented to the Prince Regent. (See also MC:PR30/1/C4/8 Fol. 33, and MC:PR30/1/C4/9 Fols. 8–12 for other letters from Lord Grenville).
Fol. 48: Letter from Thomas Gaisford (1779–1855, Regius Professor of Greek 1812–55 and Dean of Christ Church 1831–55; address, Christ Church) to Routh, 10 Dec 1847. Gaisford tells Routh that the Delegates of Oxford University Press have agreed to publish a fifth volume of Reliquiae Sacrae. (See also MC:PR30/1/C4/3 Fols. 146–149 and MC:PR30/1/C4/9 Fols. 2–3 for other letters from Gaisford).
Fol. 49: MS translation of the advertisement for Reliquiae Sacrae at Fol. 52 below.
Fol. 50: Copy of letter from Routh to an unnamed addressee saying that he is collecting material for a new and enlarged edition of Reliquiae Sacrae.
Fol. 51: Letter from Philip Bliss (Philip Bliss, 1787–1857, Registrar of Oxford 1828–53 and Principal of St. Mary’s Hall 1848–57; address, Delegates of the Press) to Routh, 10 Dec 1847. Bliss reports that the Delegates of OUP accept his proposal to publish a fifth volume of Reliquiae Sacrae.
Fol. 52: German printed pamphlet titled “Neueste Erscheinungen auf dem Gebiete catholischer Literatur”, listing new theological publications. Undated, but listing books published in 1847. One of the texts mentioned is the second edition of Reliquiae Sacrae, with some laudatory comments.
Fol. 53: Bill to Routh from S. Collingwood for printing Volume I of Reliquiae Sacrae, 18 Aug 1812.
Fol. 54: Bill to Routh from S. Collingwood for printing Volume II of Reliquiae Sacrae, 8 Feb 1814.
Fol. 55: Bill to Routh from S. Collingwood for corrections to the proofs of Reliquiae Sacrae, 18 Jun 1814.
Fol. 56: Bill to Routh from S. Collingwood for corrections to the proofs of Volume II of Reliquiae Sacrae, and printing Volume III, 18 Jun 1814–19 Jul 1815.
Fol. 57: Bill to Routh from S. Collingwood for printing Volume III of Reliquiae Sacrae, 19 Jul 1815–7 Feb 1816.
Fol. 58: Bill to Routh from S. Collingwood for work on Volumes II and III of Reliquiae Sacrae, 18 Jun 1814–1816.
Fols. 59/60: Letter from an illegible correspondent (address, Westminster) to Routh, 6 Jun 1818. Routh’s correspondent passes on information from J. Mawman (James Mawman, London bookseller) about the selling and distribution of Reliquiae Sacrae. [this sheet has been given two numbers in error]
Fol. 61: Bill from James Mawman to Routh, Jul 1818, in relation to the distribution of copies of Reliquiae Sacrae.
Fols. 62–63: Two copies of a bill to Routh from S. Collingwood for printing Volume IV of Reliquiae Sacrae, 11 Aug 1817.
Fol. 64: Receipt from S. Collingwood to Routh for payment of the above bill, 17 Aug 1817.
Fol. 65: Bill to Routh from S. and J. Collingwood for for printing Volume IV of Reliquiae Sacrae, Jun 1818.
Fol. 66: Receipt from Samuel Collingwood to Routh for payment of the above bill, 21 Jul 1818.
Fol. 67: Bill from J. Mawman to Routh, 10 Jun 1818.
Fol. 68: Bill to Routh from S. and J. Collingwood for printing an erratum slip in Volume IV of Reliquiae Sacrae, Jan 1819.
Fol. 69: Letter from J. H. Parker (address, Broad Street) to Martin Routh, undated but after 1827. Parker tells Routh how many copies of Reliquiae Sacrae he has sold, and how many sets remain in the warehouse under the theatre.
Fol. 70: Bill from Thomas Combe (1792–1872) to Routh for corrections to the proofs of Volume V of Reliquiae Sacrae, 14 Dec 1848.
Fol. 71: Account for sales of Reliquiae Sacrae, 1840–2.
Fol. 72 [loose in volume]: Note from Philip Bliss to Routh passing on a resolution from the Delegates of OUP to publish Routh’s Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Opuscula, 13 Apr 1832.
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