MC:PR30/3 Documents relating to Routh’s Scholarly Research
As stated in the introduction, surprisingly few items in the Routh collections relate to his academic work. All that remains here are some manuscript volumes containing material relating to his work on Reliquiae Sacrae, and a volume of Burnet’s memoirs which Routh used for his 1852 reprinting.
It is not known how these particular documents ended up in the library, and then the archives, of Magdalen College. MC:PR30/1/MS2/1 above, a guardbook of papers relating to Routh’s work on Burnet’s memoirs, found its way into John Bloxam’s hands, and so is listed among Bloxam’s Routh papers, but there is no similar indication of provenance for any of these items, except possibly for MC:PR30/3/MS3/1.
MC:PR30/3/MS1 – DOCUMENTS RELATING TO RELIQUIAE SACRAE
A group of eight notebooks, all written in Routh’s hand, and inscribed on their spines “Routh Vol. 1” to “Routh Vol. 8″. Each volume of a series of extracts from the early Christian Fathers, written in both Latin and Greek, which Routh has arranged under certain thematic headings, which are listed at the start of the book. MC:PR30/3/MS1/7 differs from the other volumes in that the fourth section of the book comprises notes made by Routh in 1781 of the contents of several Greek and Latin manuscripts held at Magdalen.
The books are otherwise undated, but they are so similar in their overall presentation (and in the state of Routh’s handwriting) that they all probably date from the same period, namely the early 1780s. Routh would appear to have assembled this books for his own use, as part of his preliminary studies in the history of the early Christian Fathers towards the creation of Reliquiae Sacrae.
Volume lettered on the back ‘ROUTH’ and inscribed inside in Routh’s hand ‘Collations of MSS. for the Reliquiae Sacrae first published in 1814, but of little importance except to a future Editor’. It does indeed consist of collations of MS readings made for Reliquiae Sacrae. Most of the notes are in Routh’s hand, but some are in other, unknown hands. Several of Routh’s notes are written on the backs of fragments of letters addressed to him. Almost all the book is undated, but the first page is dated 1796, and a page near the end is dated 1803.
MC:PR30/3/MS1/10 n.d. (1824?)
Volume of notes made (in English) by Martin Routh on Karl Gottlieb Bretschneider’s Probabilia de Evangelii et Epistolarum Joannis Apost. indole et origine (Leipzig 1820). Autograph MSS of 148 leaves, mostly written on rectos only. Bretschneider had cast doubt on the authorship of the Gospel and Epistles of St. John, and Routh devotes this notebook to refuting Bretschneider’s arguments, and to defending St. John as the works’ author.
The MS is undated. There is, however, a copy of this book in the Routh Library, which is inscribed “M. J. Routh 1824″. Presumably these notes were made after Routh had acquired this particular copy.
MC:PR30/3/MS2 – DOCUMENTS RELATING TO GILBERT BURNET’S MEMOIRS
Copy of Volume III of Bishop Burnet’s History of his own Time, edited (anonymously) by Martin Routh (Oxford, 1833), which has been extensively annotated by Routh to form the basis of a second edition of this part of Burnet’s history, which was published in 1852 as Bishop Burnet’s history of the reign of king James the second. Additional observations now enlarged. There is a note, dated 4 October 1852, by John Rigaud (D. 1840–9; F. 1849–88), explaining the use to which this volume was put. Presumably Routh presented Rigaud with this volume, and Rigaud in turn presented it to the College.
Return here to the introduction to this catalogue.