MC:P281 Papers of W. H. Black about ‘The Maudeleyne Grace’
William Henry Black (1808–1872), the antiquary, was educated at a private school, had early connections with Oxfordshire through his mother’s family, the Langleys, who owned estates there. He was in Oxford between 1831 and 1833, compiling the catalogue of the Ashmole manuscripts, which was published in 1845 and is now in the Bodleian Library. He worked for the Record Commission, and then the newly established Public Record Office. He served on the council of the Society of Antiquaries of London and was an early member of the British Archaeological Association, and the Surrey, London and Middlesex, and Wiltshire Archaeological societies; he was also the founder of the Chronological Institute of London, the Palestine Archaeological Association, and the Anglo-Biblical Institute; in addition, he was a member of the Camden Society. His time in Oxfordshire with the Langleys had helped develop his strong religious opinions and, in 1840, Black was ordained as a Seventh-Day Baptist minister.
This is a collection of printed and manuscript papers and letters contained in an old portfolio relating to ‘The Maudeleyne Grace’, and includes a hymn entitled the ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’, also known as ‘Te Deum Patrem colimus’, which is sung at all important College occasions and is traditionally sung at dawn on May Morning from the top of Magdalen Tower. ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ was originally written by Benjamin Rogers (1613/14–1698), the organist and composer, for the feast held at the Guildhall in London in 1660 to celebrate the restoration of the king. In 1664, Rogers was appointed organist and informator choristarum at Magdalen, and was paid a salary of £60 a year, a sum so uncommonly large that the matter was referred to the College Visitor, the Bishop of Winchester, who thought it ‘little enough for a man of that quality, and at a time when Organists were scarce’ (Bloxam v.1, p. 197). It is not known how Black became interested in the ‘The Maudelyne Grace’, but it appears that he published a book about it. However, it has not been possible to find any trace of this publication. The only available record, which gives an indication of its contents, is item MC:P281/MS1/2, entitled: ‘The original draft of “The Maudeleyne Grace”…’ (see MC:P281/MS1/2 for the list of contents).
With the papers are a set of anonymously written, numbered cards (1-41) describing the collection; the appearance of the paper and handwriting of these cards would suggest that they date from the nineteenth century; and the detailed information about the papers contained in the cards would indicate that they were written by someone who had knowledge of the collection at its creation (see Card No. 3, for example), but was not familiar with Black’s handwriting (see Card No. 6). As the cards are not in any recognisable hand, it is impossible to surmise whether this was Black’s original grouping of the papers; however, in order to preserve the integrity of the collection as it was intended in this early listing, the catalogue follows the order of these numbered cards.
It is not known when the papers were given to Magdalen, or by whom.
Catalogued by Jennie de Protani in August 2006.
MC:P281/MS1 – MATERIAL LISTED ON CARD NOS. 1-41
Three copies of a printed prospectus advertising the imminent publication of a book entitled: ‘The Maudeleyne Grace’, are listed on Card No. 1. [3 items]
This item (four large, folded sheets and two smaller sheets, with eight pages of writing) is, as described on Card No. 2: ‘The original draft of “The Maudeleyne Grace” …’, and the contents are as follows:
Page 1. Short title
3. The Grace in Latin
4. The Latin Hymn
5. Latin Comment of Waynfleet
7. The Grace in English
(Page 8. was to be the Hymn in English, but it is not here found)
9. Comments of Waynflete in Engl.
Loose sheet of the Hymn in Welsh, by Tegid, Ch. Ch.: dated in pencil 18/6/39’
A manuscript (three large, folded sheets with six pages of writing) described on Card No. 3 as: ‘Appendix to the Maudeleyne Grace’, and gives information on changes to the contents.
An account in Black’s hand relating to Benjamin Rogers (one large, folded sheet with two pages of writing), which makes reference to Anthony Wood’s Fasti Oxonienses . At the top left-hand corner of the opening page is written: ‘No. 106, p. 164-6’. This item is described on Card No. 4.
A manuscript (one large, folded sheet with one page of writing) entitled: ‘A Song of Thanksgiving’, which details the words to be sung by the various parts, starting with the ‘Treble’, and notes that the composer is Benjamin Rogers ‘of Windsor’. This is described on Card No. 5.
A collection of manuscript material, which is described on Card No. 6.
MS1/6 A manuscript (five sheets with six pages of writing) in Black’s hand, containing a biography of Benjamin Rogers, followed by Wood’s note on ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ from Wood MSS. 398 (13).
MS1/7 A note entitled: ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ (one folded sheet with three pages of writing), describing its authorship and early performance at a feast held in the Guildhall in London to celebrate the restoration of the king in 1660, followed by the words for the various parts in Latin, commencing: ‘Exultate Justi in Domino …’. (Note: According to Grove’s Dictionary of Music, this setting was lost; therefore either Wood or Black have made an error.) The ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ contained in MC:P281/MS1/2, ‘The original draft of “The Maudeleyne Grace”…’, commences: ‘Te Deum Patrem colimus’.
Card No. 6 gives the references as: ‘MSS. ‘398 (14)’ and ‘398 (15)’.
MS1/8 A copy of a letter (one sheet with writing on both sides) dated 9 April 1695 from Benjamin Rogers (address: New In (sic) Hall Lane, Oxford) to Mr. Anthony Wood, ‘at his house over against Merton College, Oxon’, giving examples of his music commissions with explanatory notes; and quoting John Fenis (John Fenis matriculated from Magdalen 1658; Demy 1658–62; probably Fellow, 1665–74; and Bursar, 1671) concerning the reception of a performance of his music in Holland. (See Bloxam Register ii, p. 200.) Card No. 6 gives the reference: ‘MS. 398?’. A pencil sketch of a coat of arms has been added to p. 2 of the letter.
This document (three large, folded sheets with five pages of writing in Black’s hand) contains, as described by Card No. 7:
‘Extracts from statutes of Magdalen College
1. de Precibus, Orationibus, etc.
2. de lectura Biblice in prandio, etc.
Both in English …’.
A collection of ‘several small papers wrapped together’ described (except for the wrapper itself) on Card No. 8, which notes that most of the items are written on the back of: ‘Black’s MS. Ashmole MSS. Catal.’.
MS1/10 The wrapper (one folded sheet), which has a double page from: ‘The Prodigal Son’ (a printed version of the parable) on the inside and, on the outside, one half is addressed to Black at St. Clements, with the addition of red pencilled notes in a later hand, and on the other half is written: ‘Magdalen College’ with a doodle sketch in pencil.
MS1/11 A page of handwritten music entitled: ‘Magdalen Chimes, struck hourly’.
MS1/12 A scrap of paper torn from a notice, with the music for ‘Bidding of the Grace’ written on the back in Black’s hand.
MS1/13 A sheet with a note on ‘Latin Hymns’ on one side, which refers to the ‘Magdalen hymn’, and has notes ‘To the Printer’ on the other side, all in Black’s hand.
MS1/14 Five notes (on three pages) in Black’s hand on the history of Magdalen Tower; one written on paper torn from printed material; one written on paper torn from a manuscript in a different hand; and one written in Latin on a plain slip. [3 items]
MS1/15 Ten pages of notes (tied together) in Black’s hand, referring to the customs of Magdalen College and written on paper torn from a manuscript written in another hand. Card No. 8 describes this as ‘An Account of the May morning Ceremony in 1839, with notes on cuts of Magd. Coll. … [indecipherable word] to be printed in this work.’
MS1/16 A note (one page) in Black’s hand about the square caps, with a quote from: ‘Pills to purge melancholy’ (1661), with manuscript in another hand on the reverse.
MS1/17 A note (one page) in Black’s hand on the authorship and music of the ‘Welsh Version’ of ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’, the paper torn from a page of printed material.
MS1/18 A note (one page) in Black’s hand concerning the ‘Custom of Grace’, written on paper torn from a manuscript written in another hand.
MS1/19 ‘Note [one page in Black’s hand] on the Hymn being wrongly ascribed to Dr. Smith.’
MS1/20 ‘Note [one page in Black’s hand] on the metre of the hymn’.
MS1/21 ‘2 Notes [on one page], one an anecdote, one about translns of Hymn’, written on paper torn from a manuscript written in another hand.
MS1/22 ‘Notes [one page in Black’s hand] on the Grace Music being by Wm Hayes’, written on the reverse of a page from ‘The Prodigal Son’.
MS1/23 A note (one page) in Black’s hand about: ‘The tune called Magdalen’ in Firth’s Congregl and Domestic Praise’, Lond. 1835’.
MS1/24 Two notes in Black’s hand (one page), one concerning the tradition of beating the stairs with a stick to wake up the Fellows for Matins, and the other on: ‘the use of the Hymn as an Anthem, Trin. Sund. 1837’, written on paper torn from a manuscript in another hand.
MS1/25 An account of the May Morning ceremony in 1839 (one folded sheet with two pages of writing) which refers to the policing of the event, with policemen refusing to arrest ‘gentlemen’, and which is taken from: ‘”The Choristers new Monthly Magazine,” No. 10, May 1st. 1839.” MS.’.
MS1/26 ‘Notes [one page ‘with small affixed sheet’ on the back, all in Black’s hand] on Wood’s acc. of Rogers, as to
1. date of the Hymn – music
2. origin of the hymn’,
written on paper torn from a manuscript in another hand.
MS1/27 ‘Note [one page in Black’s hand] on Catches’, written on paper torn from a manuscript written in another hand.
MS1/28 Two notes on one page, one about the Catch: ‘Hark the Merry Ch. Ch. Bells’, and the other a printing instruction in Black’s hand, written on paper torn from a manuscript copy of the ‘Te Deum Patrem’ music.
A copy (one page) in Black’s hand of a passage from ‘[Sir Richard Phillips] Oxoniana, I. 60-1’, entitled: ‘The Wakening Mallet’, concerning an ancient monastic custom, before the advent of bells, of knocking on monks’ cell doors with a hammer to wake them for church; a tradition which was once part of Oxford college tradition: ‘the porters knocking with a mallet at the bottom of each stair-case’ to summon members of the college (also see MC:P281/MS1/24). The manuscript is written on the reverse of page 19 of another document about a ceremonial, possibly the state opening of parliament. This item is listed on Card No. 9.
MC:P281/MS1/30 15 February [June] 1839
A letter (one small folded sheet written on the four sides) from James Wright to Black concerning the printing of 100 extra copies of a work, the title of which is not mentioned, but this is clarified by a note added by Black concerning payment for: ‘the extra 100 notices of my Magdalen Grace’. Black has also added a note under the date, stating that it was June not February. This item is listed on Card No. 10.
MC:P281/MS1/31 1 May 1839
A note (one folded sheet with 3 pages of writing) in Black’s hand, dated 1 May 1839, of the ‘Magdalen Hymn’, commencing: ‘Te Deum Patrem colimus’, and followed by an English translation, commencing: ‘Thee, God the Father, we adore!’. Enclosed is an undated note on the reverse of a scrap of paper cut from a music score, concerning a grace used at Magdalen and New College, and another undated note (one folded sheet with one page of writing) copied from one made by G. V. Cox (George Valentine Cox (b. 1785) attended Magdalen as a chorister, 1793-1802, and a clerk, 1803-7), concerning the hymn and its composer. These items are listed on Card No.11. [3 items]
This item (one page in Black’s hand) is, as described on Card No. 12 a ‘Note on the copying of ideas by modern sacred poets from ancient hymns’, and is written on paper torn from a manuscript written in another hand.
This item (one page in Black’s hand) is, as described on Card No. 13: ‘”Milton’s song” on May morning: 10 lines beginning: “Now the bright …”’.
This item (one page) is, as described on Card No. 14: ‘Extract from Chandler’s Life of Waynflete about the Magd. hymn’, and is about the May Day ceremony and its sponsorship by the Rectory of Slimbridge in Gloucester.
This item (one page) is, as described on Card No. 15: ‘Extracts (1) from Browne in Brand’s Popular Antiquities (2) from Hearne’s Pref. to Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle. both about blowing horns’ (on May Day).
This item (one page) is, as described on Card No. 16: ‘Extracts from Brand’s Notes (1) from Aubrey (2) from Rowe, both about Oxford May Day customs, including the hymn’.
This material is, as described on Card No. 17: ‘4 Notes about legal documents connected with Slimbridge’, and consists of two notes per sheet (one folded sheet with one page of writing in ink, and one page with two sides of writing in pencil) that have been wrapped together, the wrapper using the reverse of paper from a correspondence, on which has been written in Black’s hand: ‘British Museum Slymbridge & Magd. Grace’, with the addition of an unconnected pencilled note. [3 items]
MC:P281/MS1/38 January 1834
A pamphlet entitled: ‘Memorials of Oxford’, vol. V, edited by The Rev. James Ingram, which has ‘Oriel College’ printed on its title page, but its contents are concerned with the history of the buildings of Magdalen College. This item is listed on Card No. 18.
Card No. 19 states: ‘Ingram’s Memorials No VI (in title St Giles’s but the contents are) Magdalen College, contd, with the plates. Feb. 1834’. This item is missing from the collection.
A collection of papers described on Card No. 20.
MS1/39 This item (one large, folded sheet with two pages of writing) is, as described on Card No. 20: ‘A Greek hymn beginning … fr. a Bodl. Paper, collated with a C.C.C. Camb. MS.’, and forms the wrapper for the other items in this collection.
MS1/40 ‘Note on the ‘Gloria in Excelsis’, with pencil additions (one page).
MS1/41 A copy of ‘Carmen’ from ‘MS. Seld. 3415, f. 87’ (one page), commencing ‘Doxa enipsistis theo’.
MS1/42 A note entitled: ‘Angelicum Carmen incipit’, with pencilled additions (two sides of one sheet) from ‘MSS. Selden 3415, 27 Arch. B’.
MS1/43 A copy of a hymn written in Greek from: ‘MS. Coll. Trin. 78, also notes on Welsh Records’ (two sides of one sheet).
MS1/44 A letter (one sheet) from J. Munday to Black, referring to proofs. On the back are two notes: one gives an instruction concerning the English translation of a hymn written in Greek, and the other refers to a Bodleian copy which includes ‘both the hymns’.
MS1/45 An English translation of a Greek hymn commencing: ‘Glory, in the highest, unto God’ (one page).
A copy of ‘MS. Arund. 60, f. 128’ (one large, folded sheet with two pages of writing) entitled: ‘Hymnus Angelorum’, commencing: ‘Gloria in excelsis’ and written in Latin on the left hand side of the pages and in Anglo Saxon on the right hand side. This item is listed on Card No.21.
This item (one page) is, as described on Card No, 22:’Copy of Rogers’s Autograph Note in Wood’s MS. 416, about his musical productions’.
A copy (one folded sheet with two pages of writing) of ‘MS. Arund. 60, f. 127’ in Anglo Saxon, entitled: ‘Ymnus sancti Viceti Episcopi, diebus dominicis, ad matutinis.(sic)’. This item is listed on Card No. 23.
This item (one folded sheet with two pages of writing) is, as described on Card No. 24: ‘Hymnus ad matutinum … in Anglo Saxon. Similar to, not identical with, the Ymnus sancti Viceti … fr. Brit. Mus. MS. Vesp. A.I, fol. 155a’.
This collection (two sheets) is, as described on Card No. 25: ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ (Te Deum patrem colimus etc), the Music for 4 parts, and on separate sheet the Instrumental accompaniment [by W. Vicary] … see No 28’. [2 items]
A printed copy (one sheet) entitled: ‘Choral Anthem’, consisting of the words without music and beginning: ‘Isaiash xxv. 1.-O Lord, Thou art my God, …’; with handwritten note indicating that it is S. S. Wesley’s Exercise and that it was performed publicly in Magdalen College Chapel on 20 June 1839 for the Music Doctorate. This item is listed on Card No. 26. The sheet is printed by Munday, whose letter appears under MC:P281/MS1/44.
MC:P281/MS1/52 2 July 1839
This item (one large, folded sheet with one page of writing) is, as described on Card No. 27: ‘Instrumental Accompaniment for the Hymnus Euchar. by Walter Vicary, Organist of Magd. Coll. [Walter Vicary matriculated from Magdalen in 1805 and was Magdalen’s organist, 1797-1845], given to Black, July 2. 1839’.
MC:P281/MS1/53 25 July 1839
This item (one sheet) is, as described on Card No. 28: ‘Hymnus Euchar., the Music. As No 25, lithographed a proof to Black 25/7/39’.
This item (one page) is, as described on Card No. 29: ‘Notes on Dr Rogers’ abode in 1695, and his burial June 21. 1698’.
MC:P281/MS1/55 11 December 1834
This collection (two sheets, printed on both sides, and a blue wrapper) is, as described on Card No. 30: ‘2 copies of a note by Black in the Gent. Mag. Dec. 1834 on “duca Grimaldi Ambassador to England, 1554”, fr. Ashm. MS. 76. with pencil date 11/12/34 (wrapped in blue paper)’; ‘Grimaldi’ is written on the wrapper in pencil. [3 items]
MC:P281/MS1/56-58 1 May 1839 and n.d.
A collection of papers described on Card No. 31.
MS1/56 Four printed English copies (each item is a single sheet) of ‘Te Deum’ as ‘sung on Magdalen College Tower’; in metre, commencing: ‘Thee, God the Father, we adore!’; initialled: ‘W.H.B.’, but one copy is dated: ‘May 1, 1839’ and three copies are dated: ‘1 May, 1839’. Card No. 31 only notes three copies, dated ‘1 May 839’. [4 items]
MS1/57 Two copies (single sheet, printed on both sides) of Edward Burton’s list of Eusebius’s ecclesiastical histories, with Black’s name written on both and ‘Te Deum’ written in red pencil on one. [2 items]
MS1/58 Three copies of a single sheet containing a poem about Walter Map (Walter Map (b. c.1130s, d. 1209/10) was a royal clerk, raconteur, and satirist), and beginning: ‘”Invectio magistri …”’; with two handwritten notes on one copy, one indicating that this was taken from: ‘MS. Ashmol. 1281, art. 18’, and the other, signed by Black, stating: ‘Twenty-five separate copies were printed in this form, 4-5 March 1839’. [3 items]
MC:P281/MS1/59-60 4 November 1846
A collection of papers described in part on Card No. 32.
MS1/59 A letter (one sheet with postal wrapper and enclosure) from ‘H. Todd’ (as described on Card No. 32, but could possibly be ‘N. Hodd’) (address: Trinity College, Dublin); the postal wrapper addressed to Black at ‘Rolls office, London’, and postmarked 4 November 1846 (with a pair of ‘penny red’ stamps and wax seal); the letter refers to the enclosure (one large folded sheet, written on two sides) of a copy by hand of the Te Deum in Irish characters from an old ‘MS. Hymnarium’, beginning: ‘Laudate pueri’; Black has noted on the letter that it was received on 6 November 1846 and answered on 9 February 1847. [3 items]
MS1/60 Also enclosed with MS1/59, but not described on Card No. 32, is a wrapper entitled: ‘Irish Ecclesiastical Journal’ and addressed to Black at ‘Rolls House, London’.
A collection of manuscript material concerning ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ (‘Te Deum Patrem colimus’), as described on Card No.33.
MS1/61 A copy (one folded sheet with two pages of writing) in English of ‘Te Deum’ in metre commencing: ‘O god, we praise Thee …’ from: ‘”A collection of Hymns of the Children of God …” (London 1754, 8o) Part I. p. 116’, and enclosing MC:P281/MS1/62-64.
MS1/62 A pencil note on a scrap of paper concerning the use of ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ by the Grocers’ Company.
MS1/63 An old printed page (22 cm x 17 cm) containing ‘Te Deum’ in English with music, but with different words from those shown in MS1/61.
MS1/64 An old printed page (22 cm x 11 cm) containing a third English version of ‘Te Deum’ with music, commencing: ‘We praise thee God, …’.
MC:P281/MS1/65 19 August (no year)
Letter (one sheet), listed on Card No. 34, from J. Vincent to Black asking for further material for the ‘Report of the Heraldic Society’. On the reverse of the letter are notes made in another hand on William and Philip Hayes.
An extract (one page), listed on Card No. 35, from: ‘Durandi Rationale Divinorum Officiorum, lit. v. cap. Iv. fol. 68d-69a, Venet. 1519, fol.’.
Notes (one page), which are as described on Card No. 36: ‘”Diversa Lectiones Te Deum” from Oxford and London MSS.’; and written on the reverse of page 44 of another document about a ceremonial, possibly the state opening of parliament.
MC:P281/MS1/68-71 21 April 1841 and n.d.
A collection, consisting of a letter containing several papers, is described on Card No. 37.
MS1/68 A letter (one folded sheet with three pages of writing) dated 21 April 1841 from R. Walker (Richard Walker matriculated from Balliol 1810; Demy Magdalen 1812-21; Fellow 1824-47; Vice-president 1833; and Master of Magdalen College School 1828-44) (address: Magdalen College, Oxford); addressed to Black at 1 White Hall Yard, Westminster, London, and postmarked: ‘Oxford 1841 and 22 …’ (with a ‘penny black’ stamp and wax seal); the letter forwards a copy of an unspecified manuscript in Latin. A note has been added to the letter stating that Walker is a Fellow of Magdalen and Headmaster of the Grammar School there.
MS1/69 The first item enclosed with the above letter is, as described on Card No. 37: ‘Odd sheet of official MS.’. This, presumably, is the printed Copy (two sides of a large folded sheet) of ‘A Hymn on Gratitude to God by Joseph Addison’, in English and Latin, with a note that the Hymn was taken ‘From the Spectator, No. 453. August 12, 1712’, as it was enclosed.
MS1/70 The next two items are, as described on Card No. 37: ‘Copy of the Latin Transln, as above, with various readings in red’, and: ‘Do Do, with various readings on both sides’, (written on two small sheets of paper torn from other manuscripts). [2 items].
MS1/71 A note in Black’s hand (one page) concerning the pronunciation of Magdalen, written of the back of an inventory.
Card No. 37 also describes: ‘2 notes fr. official records about Slimbridge payments’, which are missing.
(Note: Card No. 14, reference MC:P281/MS1/34, records: ‘Extract from Chandler’s Life of Waynflete about the Magd. hymn’, which is about the May Day ceremony and its sponsorship by the Rectory of Slimbridge in Gloucester. Also, Card No. 17, reference MC:P281/MS1/37, records: ‘4 Notes about legal documents connected with Slimbridge’.
MC:P281/MS1/72-73 12-13 July 
Two letters, which were sent from R. M. White (Robert Meadows White matriculated from Magdalen 1815; Demy 1815-24; Fellow 1824-47; Vice-president 1838; Bursar 1840; Dean of Divinity 1842; and Rector of Slimbridge from 1846 until his death in 1865) to Black when White was Bursar in 1840.
MS1/72 Card No. 38 describes a letter (one folded sheet with two pages of writing),dated 12 July, from White (address: Magdalen College) to Black, in which White makes an arrangement to show Black some papers relating to Slimbridge. ‘’, written in another hand, has been added to the date.
MS1/73 Card No. 39 describes a letter (one folded sheet with two pages of writing) dated 13 July 1840, from White as Bursar (address: Magdalen College) to Black, referring to the letter in MC:P281/MS1/71 and deferring Black’s inspection of the Slimbridge documents until the necessary permissions have been obtained, but offering to check the papers himself for any reference, as requested by Black, to the Anthem sung on 1 May.
MC:P281/MS1/74 12 October 1842
A letter (one folded sheet with four pages of writing, and an envelope) from Edward F. Rimbault (Dr. Edward Francis Rimbault (pseudonym, Franz Nava)(1816–1876), writer on music and antiquary), (address: 9 Denmark Street, Soho Square) to Black (envelope postmarked 12 October 1842 and addressed to 3 Magdalen Row, Prescot Street, Goodmans Fields); the letter is, as described on Card No. 40: ‘announcing his discovery at Ch. Ch. [Christ Church] Oxford of the original copy of the “Magdalen Grace” (Te Deum patrem, etc.), in a MS. book of music by Gibbons [Orlando Gibbons (bap. 1583, d. 1625) was a composer and keyboard player] and Benj. Rogers, and containing MS. notes by Rogers including this Grace’; in addition the letter says that the ‘Te Deum Patrem colimus’ is written on a flyleaf at the end of the book together with a note, signed by Rogers and dated 1685, concerning its use and stating that Rogers had composed it. The autograph of ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ is still at Christ Church. [two items]
A printed copy of the ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ (one sheet), commencing: ‘Te Deum Patrem colimus …’, with music and introductory note concerning its performance on May Morning and a red border and title print. This item is described on Card No. 41.
MC:P281/MS2 – ADDITIONAL MATERIAL THAT HAS NOT BEEN LISTED WITH CARD NOS. 1-41
MC:P281/MS2/1 8 June 1870
Two additional items that are not covered by the series of numbered cards, namely: a copy of Benjamin Rogers’ note added to his autograph copy of the Music of the ‘Hymnus Eucharisticus’ (Aldrich’s M.S. Music, Vol. XXI), dated and signed by W. D. Macray (William Dunn Macray (1826-1916) matriculated from Magdalen in 1844; became an Academical Clerk, 1844-50; was Chaplain at Magdalen, 1856-70, at New College, 1850-80, and Christ Church, 1851-6; and Research Fellow at Magdalen, 1891), referring to the daily singing of the hymn in Hall after grace and stating that it was composed by Rogers in 1685. Macray adds that he believes that the words of the hymn were written by Thomas Smith (Thomas Smith (1638-1710) matriculated from Queen’s in 1657; became master of Magdalen College School, 1664-6; and Fellow of Magdalen, 1666-92) because he found a copy of the hymn in Smith’s handwriting, which Macray has catalogued with the ‘Rawlinson MSS. D’ in the Bodleian Library. In addition, there is a wrapper addressed to Black with added pencil notes concerning manuscript references. [two items]