MC:PR30/1/MS2 Material concerning Routh’s research
As stated in the introduction surprisingly few records survive relating to Routh’s scholarly work, and only MC:PR30/1/MS2/1 can be shown to have ended up in Bloxam’s possession on Routh’s death. The few other papers at Magdalen relating Routh’s publications can be found at MC:PR30/3/MS1–MS2 below.
Guardbook bound in dark green covers, with “Papers relating to Burnets [sic] History”. On the inside cover, Bloxam has described the book thus: “A collection of Papers relating to Bishop Burnet’s History formerly belonging to the late President Dr. Routh”. Although this guardbook was clearly created by Bloxam, and its contents must therefore have been among the items gathered up by him after Routh’s death, although it is not one of the volumes recorded by William Macray as having been handed over by him to the College.
The contents are as follows:
Fol. 1: Note in Gilbert Burnet’s hand that the original manuscript of his history will be deposited in the Cotton Library.
Fol. 2: Engraving of Gilbert Burnet, published by J. Parker in December 1819.
Fol. 3: Letter (2 sheets) from Philip Bliss 1787–1857, Registrar of Oxford 1828–53 and Principal of St. Mary’s Hall 1848–57; address, British Museum) to Martin Routh, 18 Sep 1822. Bliss sends Routh details of various publications concerning Burnet and his work.
Fol. 4: MS extract (in an unknown hand) from a footnote added by Routh to Burnet’s memoir (vol. iv p. 344), concerning a petition relating to Sir John Fenwick.
Fol. 5: Notes for Routh concerning textual questions in Burnet’s work.
Fols. 6–7: MS extracts (in the same hand as Fol. 4) of what appear to be footnotes for Routh’s edition of Burnet’s work, which were eventually not used in the published text.
Fol. 8: Three sheets of notes in Philip Bliss’s hand on textual questions relating to Burnet’s memoir.
Fol. 9: MS note in an unknown hand concerning Burnet’s relationship with William III.
Fol. 10: 2 sheets in an unknown hand titled “Remarks Page 280 on Burnet”.
Fol. 11: Note (in the same hand as Fols. 4 and 6–7) on William’s relationship with the Earl of Albemarle.
Fol. 12: Undated note to Martin Routh titled “Private Character of Bp Burnet from Mr. Chalmers’ Biographical Dictionary.”
Fol. 13: Undated note from Philip Bliss giving the reference to a pastoral letter from Burnet on taking the oaths to William III and Mary II.
Fol. 14: Note from a member of staff at the British Museum on copies of Burnet’s history.
Fol. 15: Letter from James Boswell (1778–1822, barrister and literary scholar; address, Temple) to Martin Routh, 29 Dec (year not given). Boswell reports on his progress in carrying out research for Routh’s work on Burnet at the British Museum.
Fol. 16: Letter from Henry Ellis (1777–1869, librarian; address not given) to John Shaw (D. 1764–71; F. 1771–1824), undated (1821?). Ellis thanks Shaw for sending him a brace of pheasants, which arrived just after he had heard the news about the fire at Magdalen Hall. He asks Shaw to tell Routh about editions of Burnet in the British Library.
Fol. 17: Letter from Bulkeley Bandinel (1781–1861, Bodley’s Librarian 1813–60; no address given) to Martin Routh, undated. Bandinel encloses for Routh a list of Peers who voted against the rejection of the Exclusion Bill in 1680.
Fol. 18: Letter from Bulkeley Bandinel (address, Bodleian Library) to Martin Routh, 3 Apr 1822. Bandinel supplies details of those who voted against the attainder of Sir John Fenwick in 1696.
Fol. 19: Letter from Earl Spencer (George John Spencer, second Earl Spencer, 1758–1834, politician and book collector; address, London) to Martin Routh, 26 Nov 1821. Spencer has arranged to have sent to Routh his copy of an edition of the memoirs of Lord Lauderdale. He promises to ask Lord Hardwicke about his set of MS notes on Burnet.
Fol. 20: Letter from Lord Hardwicke (Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, 1757–1834; address, Wimpole) to Earl Spencer, 26 Dec 1821. Hardwick will arrange for the editors of the memoirs of Burnet to have access to documents in his possession.
Fol. 21: MS note in an unknown hand concerning aspects of James II’s withdrawal from Rochester.
Fol. 22: MS note (2 sheets) in the hand of Richard Walker (D. 1812–21; F. 1824–47; Master 1828–44; address, Magdalen College) giving an extract from Autograph Letters, relating to England, under the reign of the Stuarts (1835), containing an account in Italian of the arrival of Queen Mary of Modena and her son in France. See the loose Fol. 32 at the end of this file for an English translation of the same.
Fol. 23: Copy of a note in Lord Auchinleck’s hand made at the end of the first volume of his copy of Burnet’s memoirs.
Fol. 24: Letter from Sir Thomas Miller (address, Frogle Park) to Martin Routh, 7 Jun 1852. Miller and his wife thank Routh for sending them a copy of Bishop Burnet’s history of the reign of king James the second. Additional observations now enlarged. They invite him to visit them to see the original manuscript which they hold.
Fol. 25: 4 sheets of notes taken from a manuscript in the possession of Sir Thomas Miller, which contains material on the Glorious Revolution.
Fol. 26: 9 sheets of notes, probably in the hand of Philip Bliss. Five of them are described as being “Various anecdotes from Cartes Papers”, and four of them as “Letters from Robert (afterwards Judge) Price to the Duke of Beaufort”.
Fol. 27: Letter (2 sheets) from the Marquess of Lansdowne (Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 1780–1863, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne; address, London) to Martin Routh, 14 Mar 1823. Lansdowne wishes to correct an error in Routh’s edition of Burnet, namely that Swift’s notes on Burnet’s history have not been destroyed, but are in his family’s possession. He is happy to make them available to Routh.
Fol. 28: Letter from an anonymous correspondent (address, Europe [sic]) to Martin Routh, 1811 (no day or month given). The writer sends Routh an extract from James I’s views on tobacco.
Fol. 29: MS in an unknown hand (possibly Philip Bliss) containing extracts from the Journal of the House of Lords for 1672/3.
Fol. 30: 3 sheets of notes, sent to Routh at Tilehurst, and postmarked 11 Sep 1832, containing extracts from the diary of Thomas Cartwright, Bishop of Chester, for October 1687 (when he was visiting Magdalen).
Fol. 31: Extract from an MS volume containing a short biography of Gilbert Burnet. Routh has noted that this MS was written by Mr. Ogilvie, Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, on 8 June 1833.
Fol. 32: Copy in an unknown hand of an extract from a letter from Lord Hardwicke on the location of his copies of Burnet’s history.
Fol. 33: 2 sheets of notes in an unknown hand on voting patterns in the House of Lords at the time of the Exclusion Crisis.
Fol. 34: Scrap of paper in an unknown hand, annotated by Routh, of an extract from Harl. MSS. 6584.
Fol. 35: Letter from Abraham John Valpy (1787–1854, classical scholar and printer; address, Red Lion Court) to Martin Routh, 7 Dec 1822. Valpy sends Routh an issue of “The Museum” with an article about Gilbert Burnet.
Fol. 36: Draft letter from Martin Routh to Lord Onslow (Thomas Onslow, 2nd Earl of Onslow, 1754–1827), 2 Nov 1822. Having commissioned an unnamed person to transcribe notes from Onslow’s copy of Burnet, Routh has now come to an agreement with the Delegates of the Clarendon Press for paying him. He will now arrange to return Onslow’s volumes to him.
Fol. 37: Letter from Arthur Onslow (1777–1870; later 3rd Earl of Onslow; address, London) to Martin Routh, 18 Apr 1822. Onslow thanks Routh for his letter, and says that his father is happy with the arrangements proposed.
Fol. 38: Letter from Philip Bliss (no address given) to Martin Routh, 30 Sep 1822. Bliss discusses various aspects of Routh’s work on Burnet, and encloses three sheets of notes on it.
Fol. 39: 6 sheets of notes, in an unknown hand, identified by Routh as notes by Cole on a copy of Volume II of Burnet’s history.
Fol. 40: 2 sheets of notes, in an unknown hand (the same as Fols. 43 and 45), evidently of annotations by an unnamed reader on a copy of Burnet.
Fol. 41: MS in an unknown hand with another set of annotations on a copy of Burnet.
Fol. 42: List of names, explained in a note in Routh’s hand as being a list of letters from various persons to Burnet.
Fol. 43: MS of notes, written in the same hand as in Fols. 40 and 45, with a note in Routh’s hand explaining that they are a copy of Burgess’s transcription of suppressed passages from Burnet’s history.
Fol. 44: List in an unknown hand of errata from of an edition of Burnet’s history identified in a note by Routh as being taken from a manuscript owned by Lord Dartmouth at Sandwell.
Fol. 45: MS of notes, written in the same hand as Fols. 40 and 43, identified by Routh as being written by a Mr. Godwin (or Goodwin) of Balliol.
Fols. 46–54 are all loose.
Fol. 46: Letter from Thomas, Lord Onslow (address, Clandon, Guildford, Surrey), to Martin Routh, 7 Sep 1822. Onslow knows that the copy of Burnet’s history with notes by Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the House of Commons, is on loan at Magdalen, and hints that he would like it returned.
Fol. 47: Letter from Thomas, Lord Onslow (address, Clandon), to Martin Routh, 26 Sep 1822. Onslow thanks Routh for the arrangements he has made, which are fine by him.
Fol. 48: Letter from Philip, Lord Hardwicke (address, Wimpole), to Earl Spencer, 1 Mar 1822. Hardwicke has been unable to find the copy of Burnet’s history with Speaker Onslow’s notes.
Fol. 49: Letter from Earl Spencer (address, London) to Martin Routh, 2 Mar 1822. Spencer sends Routh the enclosed letter from Lord Hardwicke,
Fol. 50: Letter from Arthur, Lord Onslow (address, Clandon Park, Guildford), to Martin Routh, 20 Jul 1852. Onslow thanks Routh for sending him the latest edition of his work on Burnet, and apologises for not having written sooner.
Fol. 51: Letter from a Mr. Lloyd (address, Christ Church) to Martin Routh, “Sunday” (c. 1822?). Lloyd encloses Lord Onslow’s copy of Burnet’s memoir, which he was not able to send sooner, on account of illness.
Fol. 52: Letter from H. J. Brooke (address not given) to Philip Bliss, “Saturday”. Brook describes the MS additions in his own copy of Burnet, and is content to lend them.
Fol. 53: letter from Frances Erskine (wife of David, 2nd Baron Erskine; address, Brunswick Street) to a correspondent identified by Martin Routh as James Boswell, younger son of James Boswell, 31 Jan 1829. Erskine reports that she has examined a copy of Burnet’s history, but there are no MS notes in it.
Fol. 54: Letter from Philip Bliss (address, British Museum) to Martin Routh, 4 Sep 1822. Bliss sends Routh a sale catalogue from abroad, of which there are only four copies in this country. He also discusses editions of Burnett’s history.
Fol.32 [sic]: MS copy, annotated by Routh, of an English translation of Fol. 22 above (an account, dated 31 December 1688, of the arrival of Queen Mary of Modena and her son in France).
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