MC:F25 Papers of Joseph Frank Payne
Joseph Frank Payne (1840-1910) matriculated from University College London in 1858, but quickly moved to Magdalen on being offered a Demyship there. After obtaining a First in Natural Sciences in 1862, he was elected a Fellow there the following year, a post he held until he resigned it in 1883 after marrying. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen in 1906.
A medical scholar, Payne became variously a Fellow of the University of London, Consulting Physician to St Thomas’s Hospital, Harveian Librarian, a member of the Royal College of Physicians, and served variously as President of the Pathological, Epidemiological, and Dermatological Societies. He also presented Magdalen with an incomplete copy of the Compendium totius Grammatice, by John Anwykyll, the first Master of Magdalen College School.
This diary was given to the archives in October 1994 as Accession No. 94/238 by a granddaughter of Payne’s.
Recatalogued in June 2011.
MC:F25/J1/1 22 Feb-27 Apr 1861
Undergraduate diary kept by Joseph Frank Payne (Demy 1858; Fellow 1863-83; Hon. Fellow 1906); only 21 pages were used, of which 9 have been torn out.
It chiefly chronicles the meetings of the university ‘O.M.’ (Old Mortality) club, based mainly at Balliol, as well as some dinner party conversations. Most members are identified by one initial only. Topics included Scientific Education, Philanthropy, Reflective and Creative faculties, The Alexandrian Succession, Peace and War, Suffrage for Women. Members include Benjamin Jowett and Hood.
MC:F25/C1/1 Oct 1994
Letter from Sister M. Ursula Murphy, a granddaughter of Joseph Payne, to Dr. J. Cottis, Archivist of Magdalen 1987-96, enclosing the above diary, and providing information on Payne’s family.