MC:PR30/1/C1/1 Family Letters Vol. I (1771-1851)
Guardbook bound in dark green covers, with “M. J. Routh Vol. I” on the spine. It contains letters to Routh from members of his family, in particular his father Peter (d. 1802).
Fol. 1: Letter from Robert Routh to John Bloxam, 26 Jan 1851. This contains a detailed memorandum on the origins of the Routh family.
Fol. 2: undated note on Routh genealogy titled “Routh of Pollington”, and addressed to Martin Routh.
Fol. 3: Note in Bloxam’s hand “John Routh of Thorp”.
Fol. 4: Letter from Adolphus Holmes (address, St. Margaret’s Rectory) to an unnamed addressee, 4 Apr 1848, promising to send extracts on the Routh family from the parish registers in his custody. Later documents show that Holmes is writing from South Elham.
Fol. 5: Letter from an unnamed correspondent to “Edward”, “Wednesday night”. The correspondent has asked Adolphus Holmes to look for Rouths in his parish registers, at the request of John Bloxam.
Fol. 6: Note on the death of Sophia Sheppard (née Routh) in 1848.
Fols. 7̵9: Family trees, in different hands, of members of the Routh family living in the early 17th century.
Fol. 10: Page of extracts from the parish registers of Beccles on the family of Peter Routh.
Fol. 11: Family tree of the Routh family in John Bloxam’s hand.
Fol. 12: Transcript by Adolphus Holmes (see Fol. 4 above) of references to Rouths from the South Elmham parish registers, 4 Aug 1848.
Fols. 13̵15: Three variants of the Routh family tree in John Bloxam’s hand. Fol. 13 is dated 29 Mar 1848.
Fol. 16: MS of a Greek poem in anacreontic metre titled ΕΙΡΗΝΙΚΑ (eirenika) by Peter Routh, father of Martin, undated.
Fol. 17: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 9 Dec 1771. Peter Routh discusses his son’s prospects of a Fellowship at Magdalen.
Fol. 18: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 10 Mar 1772. Peter Routh discusses his son’s financial arrangements, discusses news of the day, and advises his son to make his handwriting more legible (in which request he was singularly unsuccessful).
Fol. 19: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 27 Feb 1774. Peter Routh uses this letter to provide a letter of introduction for his son to an unnamed person at Cambridge. There is a PS addressed to Martin offering general advice.
Fol. 20: Letter from Peter Routh, (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 16 May 1774. Peter Routh fusses over whether each party has received a letter lately, and passes on local and family news.
Fol. 21: Letter from Robert Routh (third brother of Martin; address, Norwich) to Martin Routh, 11 Jun 1781. Robert expresses pleasure at the news that Mr. Thurlow has asked Martin to be tutor to his son.
Fol. 22: Letter from Peter Routh (address missing) to Martin Routh (date missing, but “1783″ written in pencil on it). Peter Routh is planning to move to a smaller house because numbers at his school are falling. He also passes on local and family news.
Fol. 23: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 17 Nov 1783. Peter swaps classical quotations with his son, and passes on local news.
Fol. 24: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 6 Mar 1784. Peter expresses concern at current politics. On the same sheet he writes a second latter to his son Samuel, full of local news.
Fol. 25: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 25 Mar 1785. Peter appears to be trying for another living.
Fol. 26: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 5 Feb 1790. Peter regrets not having had a letter from his son, but passes on some family and local news.
Fol. 27: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 5 Nov 1790. Peter regrets that when he was in Norwich Martin did not visit George Horne (F. 1750–68; P. 1768–91; now Bishop there). He is well settled into his new home.
Fol. 28: Letter from George Routh (a cousin; address, St. Clement’s Ipswich) to Martin Routh, 26 Jan 1791. George discusses the nature of Demyships and Fellowships at Magdalen, and hopes that they will meet soon.
Fol. 29: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 31 Mar 1791. Peter offers a proposed text for a dedication to the Scottish bishops for an unspecified book. Martin added to this letter that he followed almost none of his father’s suggestions.
Fol. 30: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 21 Aug 1791. Peter is upset at Martin’s reasons for not writing sooner, and passes on local news.
Fol. 31: Letter from Mary Routh (Martin’s mother; no address given) to Martin Routh, 8 Jul 1792. Mary thanks her son for his hospitality in Oxford, and expresses her pleasure at his situation. She passes on family and local news.
Fol. 32: Letter from George Routh (a cousin; address Ipwich) to Martin Routh, 15 Apr 1792. George hopes to visit Martin in Oxford.
Fol. 33: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 18 Aug 1793. This is a covering note accompanying a letter to Martin from William Boycatt (address, Dresden), 3 Aug 1793. Boycatt reports on examining some manuscripts for Routh in a library in Vienna, and the assistance offered him there by Baron von Swieten. [William Boycatt matriculated from Gonville and Caius College in 1772, and was a Fellow there from 1776–96. He was taught by Routh’s father, and was close friend of Routh himself . His son, another William Boycatt, would become a Demy at Magdalen in 1816–29.]
Fol. 34: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 17 Oct 1793. Peter reports on Boycatt’s return to England, and on other local and family news.
Fol. 35: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 19 Dec 1795. Some of the right-hand margin of this letter is missing. Peter discusses theology with his son.
Fol. 36: Letter from Mary Routh (no address given) to Martin Routh, 30 Aug 1810. Mary expresses her joy at her son taking priest’s orders, and at the generosity of Thomas Sheppard (her son-in-law).
Fol. 37: Letter from Mary Routh (no address given) to Martin Routh, 1 Nov 1810. Mary discusses family matters.
Fol. 38: Letter from Robert Routh (third brother of Martin; address Chertsey) to Martin Routh, 10 Apr 1812. Robert understands that the post of Steward at Magdalen is falling vacant, and wants to put himself forward.
Fol. 39: Letter from George Routh (cousin; address, Holbrooke) to Martin Routh, 3 Oct 1814. George thanks Martin for sending him a copy of Reliquiae Sacrae. He has also heard something of the visits made to Oxford by several crowned heads.
Fol. 40: Undated note in the hand of Mary Routh giving a statement of the cash and effects of Peter Routh at the time of his death.
Fol. 41: Undated fragment of a letter from Martin Routh, presumably written soon after his father’s death in 1802, because it includes part of the text of an epitaph for him, and also some proposals for the fate of his books.
Fol. 42: Letter from William Boycatt (address, Bungay) to Martin Routh, 27 Sep 1813. Boycatt describes the memorial and grave set up to Routh’s parents in the church at St. Margarets. He is unimpressed by the former.
Fol. 43: Letter from George Routh (cousin; address, Ipswich) to Martin Routh, 22 Oct 1818. George thanks Martin for another volume of Reliquiae Sacrae.
Fol. 44: Letter from Joseph Routh (address, Marshall Street, London Road) to Martin Routh, 23 Mar 1823. Joseph claims to be a distant relative of Martin’s. He is a printer, and he commends his eldest son Joseph Martin Routh to Martin’s care.
Fol. 45: Letter from James Reynolds (address, no. 4 Angel Court, Throckmorton) to Martin Routh, 7 Aug 1823. Reynolds has evidently been asked to investigate Joseph Routh, for he reports on him positively.
Fol. 46: Receipt of Anne Routh (Martin’s sister) for a draft of £72 16s 3d, 22 Jan 1851.
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