MC:PR30/4/C1 Letters, mainly concerning Routh’s family
Scrapbook titled on spine “Letters from President Routh’s Father and Other Papers”. Opposite fol. 1 is a note: “These papers were found in an old tin box, filled with documents referring to College Benefices, etc., on July 3rd 1935. The box had evidently been long stored in the Bursary from which it was removed at the beginning of July 1935.” The letters here were discovered in time for H. D. Middleton to use them in his biography (Dr. Routh, p. 19). The items relating to Routh were evidently separated out and pasted into this volume.
Other letters from Peter Routh to his son may be found at MC:PR30/1/C1/1 and MC:PR30/1/C1/2 above, MC:PR30/4/C3/1 below and MS 655 (c).
Fol. 2: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 17 Jun 1771. Peter Routh is very disappointed not to have received a letter from his son at the expected time.
Fol 3: Letter from Peter Routh (address Beccles) to Martin Routh, 14 Nov 1776. Peter Routh approves of a proposal (unspecified) made by Dr. Wheeler (Benjamin Wheeler, F. 1761–77) to his son, and discusses whether Martin should apply for a curacy or remain in College. He also approves of Martin exploring Oriental studies, and passes on news of family friends.
Fol. 4: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Burgh St. Peters) to Martin Routh, 7 Jan 1777. Peter Routh passes on news of family friends whom he has visited, and hopes that Routh’s College duties may enable him to support his brothers and sisters.
Fol. 5: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 13 Feb 1777. Peter Routh is glad that Martin has taken Dr. Wheeler’s advice. He sends him a list of payments that he has made on his son’s behalf, and asks for reimbursement. He advises him to start keeping accounts for his domestic expenditure.
Fol. 6: Letter from Peter Routh (postmarked Beccles) to Martin Routh, undated. Peter Routh gives his son more careers advice, mainly on taking holy orders, and also advises him on his clothes and on powdering his hair. He passes on some family news.
Fol. 7: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 3 Jun 1779. Peter Routh apologises for not writing sooner, and passes on news of family friends.
Fol. 8: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 20 Mar 1780. Peter Routh is glad that his son’s Fellowship stipend is more than had been expected. He passes on news of family and friends.
Fol. 9: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 26 Oct 1780. Peter Routh asks his son to look after his health. He discusses possible vacant livings in Norfolk of a certain value.
Fol. 10: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 1 Mar 1781. Peter Routh is sorry that his son’s dividend was smaller than expected, and gives him some financial advice. He asks after Martin’s health, and passes on news of family and friends.
Fol. 11: Letter from Peter Routh (address, Beccles) to Martin Routh, 25 Jul 1781. Martin has evidently told his father of a plan involving him travelling to France, which Peter Routh evidently does not wholly support.
Fol. 12: First sheet only of an incomplete letter from Peter Routh (address missing) to Martin Routh, undated. Peter asks for news from his son.
Fol. 13: Lower half only of a letter from Peter Routh (address missing, but postmarked Beccles) to Martin Routh, undated (postmarked 1781). What remains of the letter contains news of Martin’s family and friends.
Fol. 14: Letter from Martin Routh (no address given, but postmarked Oxford) to Peter Routh, 16 Aug 1787. Martin hopes to visit his father soon, and reports on his health. He copies into this letter a prospectus for his plans for what will eventually become the Reliquiae Sacrae. He reports on his brother Samuel (D. 1785–91; F. 1791–1811).
Fol. 15: Bill for Martin Routh for alcohol and tobacco consumed, 1779.
Fol. 16: Bill for Martin Routh for powder and pomatum for his hair or wig, 1782.
Fol. 17: Bill for Martin Routh for alcohol and tobacco consumed, 1778.
Fol. 18: Bill for Martin Routh for items of clothing, 1780.
Fol. 19: Bill for Martin Routh for powder and pomatum for his hair or wig, 1779.
Fol. 20: Bill for Martin Routh for repairs to his shoes, 1777–9.
Fol. 21: Bill for Martin Routh for alcohol and tobacco consumed, 1779.
Fol. 22: Bill for Martin Routh for items of clothing, 1780.
Fol. 23: Bill for Thomas Jenner (D. 1703–15; F. 1715–45; F. 1745–68) for cleaning pictures, 1765.
Fol. 24: Bill for Martin Routh for various small items of furniture, 1781.
Fol. 25: Fragment of an inventory for an unnamed building, perhaps the President’s Lodgings, undated (18th century).
Fol. 26: Bill for Martin Routh for alcohol and tobacco consumed, 1781.
Fol. 27: Bill for Martin Routh for framing some prints, 1780.
Fol. 28: Invitation from a Mr. Neale to Martin Routh to supper at the Angel Inn, undated (before 1791, since Routh is still called “Mr.”).
Fol. 29: Bill for Martin Routh for books and stationery bought from Daniel Prince, 1776–7. The books are all named.
Fol. 30: List of names and sums, which appears to be an account for collection money taken at a service officiated by Martin Routh, undated.
Fol 31: Bill for Martin Routh for repairs to his gown and clothes, 1779–80.
Fol. 32: Essay or lecture (3 sheets; written in Latin) on Odyssey XV. The hand is unknown; it is certainly not Martin Routh’s.
Fol. 33: Scrap of paper with a proposal for an edition and translation by Routh of an unnamed text. This almost certainly refers to Routh’s edition of Plato’s Euthydemus and Gorgias, published in 1784.
[There is no Fol. 34]
Fol. 35: Bill for Martin Routh for builder’s work carried out in his rooms in Magdalen, 1781.
Fol. 36: Printed form completed by Martin Routh permitting one “Jewson” from Balliol College to proceed to the exercise for his MA degree, undated. No Jewson is mentioned in Alumni Oxonienses.
Fol. 37: Letter from S. Willis (no address given) to Martin Routh, undated (1771, 1775 or 1791). Willis writes to congratulate Routh on being elected either a Demy, Fellow or President of Magdalen College. It seems that Willlis and some of his friends had been subsidising Routh’s education until then.
Fol. 38: Letter from William Boycatt (matr. Gonville and Caius 1772; F. there 1776–96; address, Caius College, Cambridge) to Martin Routh, 17 Mar 1774. Boycatt hopes that Routh will come and visit him at Cambridge. He gently teases Routh about Routh’s affection for a girl named Maria.
Fol. 39: Letter from Thomas Thurlow (D. 1755–9; F. 1759–72; Bishop of Lincoln 1779–87 & Durham 1787–91; address, Temple) to Martin Routh, 28 May 1779. Thurlow thanks Routh for congratulating him on his appointment as Bishop of Lincoln.
Fol. 40: Letter from Thomas Thurlow (address, Temple) to Martin Routh, 10 Jul 1781. Thurlow is delighted to hear that his nephew (Edward South Thurlow; matr. 1781) is to get a good set of rooms in the College. He invites Routh to visit him at Buckden, so he can meet Thurlow’s brother and nephew.
Fol. 41: Draft letter from Martin Routh to Thomas Thurlow, undated (1781). Routh thanks Thurlow for recommending his nephew to his care, and promises to do his best for him.
Fol. 42: Letter from Robert Reynolds (address Coventry) to Martin Routh, 17 Mar 1773. Reynolds looks forward to seeing Routh in Coventry, and offers him directions as to how to get there from Oxford.
Fol. 43: Letter from John Evans (D. 1771–3; F. 1773–83; address, Nottingham) to Martin Routh, 2 Mar 1780. Evans thanks Routh for sending him his stipend as Fellow. He looks forward to meeting some pretty women in Bath.
Fol. 44: Letter from John Evans (address, Bath) to Martin Routh, 9 Feb 1781. Evans passes on the gossip from Bath.
Fol. 45: Letter from William Byrne (1743–1805; address, London) to Martin Routh, 5 May 1785. Byrne sends Routh a copy of a print showing the death of Captain Cook.
Fol. 46: Letter from Robert Hughes (D. 1758–67; address, Plymouth Dock) to Martin Routh, 24 Jan 1788. Hughes thanks Routh for sending him a book (his edition of Plato?).
Fol. 47: Letter from Mary Routh (sister of Martin; address, London) to Martin Routh, 6 Jan 1779. Miss Routh has come up to London. She passes on news of their family.
The sermons on Fols. 48–52 are all undated, but their handwriting (and their presence among all these documents dating from the 1770s and 1780s) suggests that they were written by Routh as a young man; possibly before his election as President in 1791.
Fol. 48: Sermon in Routh’s hand on Romans 15.6 (“That ye may with one mind and with one mouth glorify God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”). Undated.
Fol. 49: Sermon in Routh’s hand. It was originally preached on the text “Whosoever ye do, do all for the glory of God” (I Cor. 10.32), and then rewritten to be preached on the text “Glorify your Father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 5.16). The sermon has been amended in many places to fit the new text. Undated.
Fol. 50: Another sermon in Routh’s hand on Romans 15.6. On the final page are some doodles, which might or not might be by Routh himself. Undated.
Fol. 51: Sermon in Routh’s hand on I Tim. 3.16 (“And without all controversy great is the mystery of Godliness”). Undated.
Fol. 52: Sermon in Routh’s hand on Psalm 27.10 (“When my Father and my Mother forsake me the Lord taketh me up”). Undated.
Fol. 53: Letter from Charles Thorp (address, College, Durham) to John Bloxam, 24 Jan 1855. Thorp is delighted to hear the news that Durham is to receive President Routh’s library. He offers assistance in sorting and packing the books up to travel northwards.
Fol. 54: Copy in John Bloxam’s hand of a letter from Charles Thorp (address College, Durham) to J. M. Routh, 24 Jan 1855. Thorp thanks Routh and his relations for the gift of their relative’s library. He is very grateful for John Bloxam’s help in this matter.
Fol. 55: Letter from Charles Thorp (address, College, Durham) to John Bloxam, 31 Jan 1855. Thorp reports that Convocation at Durham has formally accepted the gift of Routh’s library. He once again expresses his gratitude, and is happy to visit Oxford himself, if that would be useful.
Fol. 56: Letter from Charles Thorp (address, College, Durham) to John Bloxam, 9 Feb 1856. Thorp once again thanks Bloxam for his arrangements over Routh’s books.
Fol. 57: Memorandum on the payment of men to pack up Routh’s books to travel to Durham, 3 Feb 1855.
Fols. 57v–58: Two copies of the printed version of Charles Daubeny’s A Biographical Sketch of Rev. Dr. Routh.
Fol. 59: Cutting from the Oxford Herald, 30 Dec 1854, with an obituary of Martin Routh.
Fol. 60: Photograph of a portrait of Martin Routh made by Thomas Thompson in 1849. A note on the back, written in the same hand as that on fol. 1, suggests that in 1935 this portrait had been in the position of R. A. Routh, who lived at Amport, Hants.
Fol. 61: Letter printed in The Times of 9 Sep 1933 from Martin Routh, noting that, having been born in 1846, he had met his great-uncle and namesake Martin, who himself as a young man had met a woman who had seen Charles II.
The rest of the volume is unused.
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