MC:PR30/4/C2 Letters on Routh’s dealings with College Visitors
This is a collection of letters assembled in a folder. At the head of them is a rough list of the contents in the hand of H. A. Wilson (F. 1876–1927; sometime Fellow Librarian).
MC:PR30/4/C2/1 1 May 1796
Draft letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to the Visitor of Magdalen College. Routh asks the Visitor whether John Shaw (D. 1764–71; F. 1771–1824), who has just been appointed Vicar of South Petherwyn, is able to retain his Fellowship in plurality with his living, or whether he should proceed to the degree of DD in order to be able to do so.
MC:PR30/4/C2/2 9 Jun 1796
Letter from Brownlow North (1741–1820; Bishop of Winchester 1781–1820; address, Chelsea) to Martin Routh. North recommends that Shaw proceed to the degree of DD in order to be able to retain both his Fellowship and his new living.
MC:PR30/4/C2/3 12 Dec 1798
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Farnham) to Martin Routh. North reports that John Metcalfe (F. 1772–99) has called on him to institute an appeal against the College.
MC:PR30/4/C2/4 6 Nov 1799
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Farnham) to Martin Routh. North suggests that Routh and the Fellows decide what to do concerning an unspecified corn rent. He has also sent his opinion on Dr. Metcalfe’s appeal (see below).
MC:PR30/4/C2/5 6 Nov 1799
Opinion by Brownlow North (presumably sent with MC:PR30/4/C2/4 above) on John Metcalfe’s appeal. It seems that Metcalfe and the College are in dispute about a lease of the tithes at Findon, where he had been appointed vicar. North finds in favour of the College.
MC:PR30/4/C2/6 9 Mar 1799
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Winchester House, Chelsea) to Martin Routh. North discusses precedents for deciding an unspecified matter relating to Magdalen, and encloses an opinion (see below).
MC:PR30/4/C2/7 9 Mar 1799
Opinion by Brownlow North (presumably sent with MC:PR30/4/C2/6 above) on whether Ingledew Fellows can be elected as Probationers before they take holy orders. He thinks they can, as long as they are about to do so.
MC:PR30/4/C2/8 3 May 1803
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Chelsea) to Martin Routh. North reports that he has received an appeal from Edward Ellerton concerning the recent election of an Ingledew Fellow.
MC:PR30/4/C2/9 n.d. (c. 1799?)
Undated note on an agreement that the President should tell the Visitor that, following his judgement of May 1799, two laymen had been elected Ingledew Fellows.
MC:PR30/4/C2/10 n.d. (c. 1803?)
First sheet only of the text of Edward Ellerton’s appeal concerning the recent election to an Ingledew Fellowship. Ellerton protests that a layman has been elected in preference to him to this post.
MC:PR30/4/C2/11 13 May 1803
Draft letter from Martin Routh (addres, Amport near Andover) to Brownlow North. Routh explains that the Society elected a layman to the Ingledew Fellowship in the light of North’s own guidance from 1799. He also discusses some estate matters in Petersfield.
MC:PR30/4/C2/12 28 Jun 1803
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Chelsea) to Martin Routh. North admits that his opinion of 1799 on the Ingledew Fellowships were general ones, not intended to apply to particular elections. He does not wish to depart from the Founder’s intentions, in cases where qualified and unqualified candidates are standing against each other.
MC:PR30/4/C2/13 n.d. (1803)
Portion of a draft letter from Martin Routh on behalf of the Fellows of Magdalen College to Brownlow North. The petitioners seek the Bishop’s advice on what to do in a fresh election for an Ingledew Fellowship, in case Ellerton is excluded from standing.
MC:PR30/4/C2/14 2 Sep 1803
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh, North sends an opinion on Ellerton’s appeal. He decrees that Edward Ellerton is to be admitted a Probationer Fellow on the Ingledew Foundation.
MC:PR30/4/C2/15 16 Mar 1809
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Chelsea) to Martin Routh. North promises to promote a bill (subject unspecified) submitted by Magdalen to Parliament.
MC:PR30/4/C2/16 7 Aug 1811
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Farnham) to Martin Routh. North thanks Routh for sending him both a copy of the College’s statutes, and a copy of Chandler’s life of Waynflete.
MC:PR30/4/C2/17 13 Sep 1811
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. North has received papers concerning an appeal from James Hudson (D. 1801–10; F. 1810–39), but none of them have been prepared in the appropriate way, and he is unsure how to proceed.
MC:PR30/4/C2/18 17 Jan 1812
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. North encloses an opinion on James Hudson’s appeal (see below).
MC:PR30/4/C2/19 17 Jan 1812
Opinion of Brownlow North (sent with MC:PR30/4/C2/18 above) on the appeal of James Hudson. Hudson has inherited some property, and North decrees that its income is not so great that he should resign his Fellowship, and should therefore remain in post.
MC:PR30/4/C2/20 26 May 1812
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Chelsea) to Martin Routh. North has received a paper concerning the transfer of Magdalen College from the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Lincoln to that of the Bishop of Winchester, which he will arrange to put in his Register.
MC:PR30/4/C2/21 14 Dec 1814
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Bath) to Martin Routh (written by an amanuensis, with North’s signature added). North appears to be giving approval to a request to allow a Fellow of Magdalen leave of absence on the service of the King.
MC:PR30/4/C2/22 14 Aug 1818
Letter from Brownlow North (address, Farnham) to Martin Routh (written by an amanuensis). North discusses an unspecified application made to him by William Aldrich (D. 1799–1808; F. 1808–24), and asks Routh to send him some papers on the matter.
MC:PR30/4/C2/23 21 Aug 1818
Copy of a letter from Brownlow North (address, Farnham Castle) to an unnamed addressee (William Aldrich?). North tells his addressee that he is not allowed to hold the living of Hintlesham together with his Fellowship at Magdalen.
MC:PR30/4/C2/24 27 Apr 1839
Letter (2 sheets) from Charles Sumner (1790–1874; Bishop of Winchester 1827–69; address, Winchester House, St. James’s Square) to Martin Routh. Sumner discusses an appeal from Richard Sewell (D. 1821–37; F. 1837–56) and Charles Reade (D. 1831–5; F. 1835–84) on whether a Fellow of Magdalen College can study in the Law Faculty.
MC:PR30/4/C2/25 n.d. (1843; see below)
Draft letter from Martin Routh to Charles Sumner. Routh sends the Bishop the College’s answer to an appeal from one Arthur Roberts, who has been unsuccessful in a Fellowship election.
MC:PR30/4/C2/26 20 Nov 1843
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Sumner considers the appeal of Arthur Roberts, who was not elected to a Berkshire Fellowship. He considers the election null, and wishes the College to hold a fresh election.
MC:PR30/4/C2/27 21 Nov 1843
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. This is a private letter for Routh, sent alongside MC:PR30/4/C2/26 above. Sumner regrets that any details of the Fellowship election have been made known, and advises Routh to inform the Fellows to keep such elections confidential on future occasions.
MC:PR30/4/C2/28 28 Jul 1845
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Sumner has received a letter from Frederic Bulley, then Bursar, that the College is giving £100 towards a fund for Southwark. He writes to express his gratitude to the College.
MC:PR30/4/C2/29 4 Apr 1848
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Sumner has written this letter on the blank page of a printed circular from the Winchester Diocesan Board of Education, which includes an appeal to create a fund to support its schools, and hopes that Magdalen might contribute.
MC:PR30/4/C2/30 11 Dec 1849
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Sumner agrees to consider a point submitted to him by the College for his consideration as Visitor. Presumably it relates to the matter discussed in MC:PR30/4/C2/31 below.
MC:PR30/4/C2/31 22 Dec 1849
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Sumner discusses the bequest made to Magdalen by Dudley Fereday (matr. 1811), to endow four Fellowships, giving preference to Fereday’s relatives and to natives of Staffordshire. At this stage, Sumner is uncertain how easily the new Fellowships could be grafted into the existing constitution of the College.
MC:PR30/4/C2/32 3 Jan 1850
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Sumner has continued to think about Dudley Fereday’s bequest, and concludes that the conditions attached to the new Fellowships would be inconsistent with the spirit of the College’s statutes.
MC:PR30/4/C2/33 3 Jan 1850
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Marked “Private”, this letter contains Sumner’s personal reflections on the Fereday bequest. On account of the size of the bequest, he has discussed the matter with two senior judges, who agree with his conclusion.
MC:PR30/4/C2/34 10 Jul 1851
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Sumner notes a letter sent to Routh by five Fellows from a committee, and has decided that their decisions are inconsistent with the decisions of former Visitors. This might be to do with a committee which proposed radical reform in the College including a suggestion to create a hall of residence for poor scholars in the College (see Darwall-Smith in Brockliss, Magdalen College, Oxford: A History (Oxford, 2008), pp. 383–4).
MC:PR30/4/C2/35 22 Mar 1854
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Farnham Castle) to Martin Routh. Sumner sends Routh his formal opinion on two questions submitted to him (see MC:PR30/4/C2/36 below).
MC:PR30/4/C2/36 22 Mar 1854
Opinion from Charles Sumner in his capacity as Visitor (sent with MC:PR30/4/C2/35 above), on two questions relating to Demies in the College. First of all, all Demies should resign at the age of 25; secondly, Demies should not consider themselves as entitled to receive vacant Fellowships.
MC:PR30/4/C2/37 27 Mar 1854
Letter from Charles Sumner (address, Guildford) to Martin Routh. Sumner confirms that his new regulations for Demyships should only apply to Demies elected in the future, and not be applied retrospectively.
MC:PR30/4/C2/38 Mar 1854
Note in an unknown hand about the formal reading at a College meeting of preceding opinion and letter from Charles Sumner concerning Demyships.
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