MC:PR30/4/MS2 Miscellaneous Papers
Folder of documents inscribed “Miscellaneous Papers”. The folder itself appears to date from the middle of the 20th century, but there is no indication in it of the origins of these papers. Certain things about them suggest a link with Martin Routh, so they are listed here. They are as follows:
No. 1: Four sheets of paper containing an MS history of Magdalen from its foundation up to 1648. The hand is unknown, but could date from the late 18th or early 19th century.
No. 2: MS copy of poem opening “Meek Animal whose simple mein [sic]…”. It is the work of Richard Crowe, and was published in the Gentleman’s Magazine of February 1793 with the title “Verses written under the Picture of an Ass”. There is a note at the bottom in the hand of Martin Routh giving the author’s name.
No. 3: MS of Latin poem, written in hexameters, titled “Exequiae Achilleae” and signed “Jodrell”. A Richard Jodrell matriculated from Magdalen College in 1799 as a Gentleman Commoner; it could be his work.
No. 4: MS of Latin poem, written in alcaics, titled “In Inaugurationem W. H. C. Ducis De Portland”, signed “Lukin Magd. Coll.” (Robert Lukin, D. 1792–1802; F. 1802–8). Portland became Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1792.
No. 5: MS (fragmentary) of a verse translation of an Ode of St. Chrysostom, attributed in a note in Martin Routh’s handwriting to Thomas Monro (D. 1783–97).
No. 6: MS of a translation of Psalm 46 into Latin Alcaics, dated March 1844 and signed “Paulson” (although no one of that name is known to have been at Oxford at this time). The MS has been extensively corrected in another hand.
[There is no No. 7]
No.8: letter from an unnamed writer (possibly Richard Aston; address, Wadley) to Edward Butler (addressed as Vice-Chancellor), 8 Nov 1730. The writer protests to Butler at having to complete some accounts for him.
No. 9: Letter from Thomas West (Ch. 1720–7; D. 1727–32; F. 1732–81; address, Magdalen College) to an unnamed addressee, 21 May 1753. West thanks the addressee for a generous present of botanical books to the Library at Magdalen College.
No. 10: Letter from Charles Marshall (address, Steyning) to an unnamed addressee, 16 Jul 1800. Marshall has been appointed to collect the College’s rents in Sussex, and has certain questions to ask about the nature of his duties, and the amount of his remuneration. Martin Routh has scribbled some names at the bottom of this letter.
No. 11: Draft letter from Martin Routh to an unnamed addressee, undated. Routh discusses applications for choristerships: so many people have already applied for one that he is unable to take any more names, including the protege of this correspondent.
No. 12: Letter from William Raphael Eginton (address, Claines near Worcester) to Edward Ellerton, 12 Jan 1827. Eginton is sorry to hear of an accident to the window in the antechapel of Magdalen (installed by Francis Eginton in the 1790s; presumably a relative of this correspondent), and agrees to undertake its repair as soon as possible.
MC:PR30/4/MS2/2 c. 1818
Rough notes by President Routh on the holding of an unstatutable preferment during a minority. This relates to the case of William Aldrich (D. 1799–1808; F. 1808–24), who in 1818 wished to hold the living of Hintlesham, Suffolk, for five years in conjunction with his Fellowship, in trust for a minor. Routh objected to this application, as did the Visitor (see Macray Register v. 153).
MC:PR30/4/MS2/3 19th century (before 1848)
Rough, undated and unsigned notes of accounts, annotated by Routh, for the New Building Account, interest payments on the Chapel, Wine, Holywell Street House, and Frewin Hall accounts, Mrs. Sheppard’s donation to Tylehurst School, prizes for Demies, payments to the poor, and other accounts. Undated, but drawn up before Sophia Sheppard’s death in 1848.
MC:PR30/4/MS2/4 mid-19th cent?
Notes made by Martin Routh titled by him on the back “Usages in Magdalen College Oxford”. The usages relate to Fellows and College offices, the cutting of wood on College estates, when the bells can be rung, and changes to the hours of prayer.
MC:PR30/4/MS2/5 early 19th cent.?
Rough notes made by Martin Routh concerning College accounts relating to dividends.
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