MC:P378 Letters from and concerning Martin Routh (Pr. 1791-1854)
As well as the main body of papers of Martin Routh (D. 1771; F. 1775; F. 1791–1854) which are held at Magdalen as MC:PR30, several letters and related documents from and about Routh have been presented to the College at various times. Most of them were bought from dealers and presented to the College. The history of each group of papers is given in the introduction to each section.
Recatalogued in February 2016 by Sean Rippington and Robin Darwall-Smith.
MC:P378/C1 – LETTERS OF PRESIDENT ROUTH ACQUIRED IN 1996
These letters were purchased in 1996 for £45 from John Wilson, antiquarian bookseller of 50 Acre End St., Eynsham, Oxford.
MC:P378/C1/1 26 May 1814
A letter from President Routh to Robert White esq., Solicitor, Halesworth, Suffolk regarding son’s candidacy for a Demyship.
There is also a photocopy and transcription of the letter, with additional information about the subject of the letter, Robert Meadows White. White was elected a Demy in 1815, and eventually became a Fellow from 1824–57.
MC:P378/C1/2 19 May 1837
A letter from President Routh to an unnamed correspondent, most likely a medical practitioner, about Mrs. Routh’s health.
There is also a photocopy and a transcription of the letter, with additional biographical information about Eliza Routh.
MC:P378/C2 – LETTERS OF PRESIDENT ROUTH ACQUIRED IN 1943
Of the letters in this group, MC:P378/C2/1–2 were bought from Myers & Co. of London in April 1943. MC:P378/C2/3 was acquired from Myers at around the same time by a Mr. F. C. Varley of Banbury Road, Oxford, but John Sparrow, Fellow (and future Warden) of All Souls, persuaded him to give it to the College. Varley had brought another Routh letter which he chose to retain.
MC:P378/C2/1 “Tuesday 10 o’clock”
Letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to an unnamed addressee (identified in the old catalogue as William Tuckwell), arranging a meeting.
MC:P378/C2/2 Apr 1823
Text of a sermon in Routh’s hand on 1 Timothy 1:15 (“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”) dated at the bottom “Tilehurst April 1823″.
MC:P378/C2/3 n.d. (after 1825?)
Draft letter from Martin Routh (no address given) to Edmund Henry Barker (1788–1839) about a catalogue of the books of their mutual friend Samuel Parr, who has just died. Barker was a friend and amanuensis of Parr; see MC:PR30/1/C4/1 fol. 18 and MC:PR30/1/C4/7 fols. 11–38a for letters from Barker to Routh.
On the back of this document is another draft letter from Routh to an unnamed correspondent in which he expresses concern about the costs given by Joseph Parkinson for rebuilding of the east side of the Cloisters at Magdalen.
MC:P378/C2/4 5 Apr 1943
Letter from Myers & Co. (address, 102 New Bond Street, London), enclosing MC:P378/C2/1–2 above, and mentioning that MC:P378/C2/3 had been sold to a Mr. Varley.
MC:P378/C2/5 19 Apr 1943
Letter from John Sparrow (address, All Souls College) to an unnamed addressee (perhaps Charles Onions, as Fellow Librarian?), in which he encloses letter MC:P378/C2/3 above.
MC:P378/C3 – LETTERS FROM MARTIN ROUTH ACQUIRED BY NEIL KER (F. 1945–68)
MC:P378/C3/1 28 Mar 1819
Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen) to a unnamed bookseller. Routh listing some books which he wishes to purchase.
On the back is a note that this letter in the hand of Neil Ker (F. 1945–68) satying that it was acquired from Edward Hall, a bookseller in Gravesend, Kent.
MC:P378/C3/2 3 Feb 1834
Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen) to the Rev. Henry Hart Millman (address, Reading, Berks.). Routh encourages Millman in a project on which he is engaged (presumably his life of Edward Gibbon (C. 1752), which was published in 1839), and relates memories of Gibbon given him by his Magdalen contemporaries Thomas Waldegrave (F. 1732–54) and John Finden (D. 1747–50; F. 1750–80), who remembered his eccentricity and intelligence. He also admits that Gibbon’s account of his time at Magdalen was “in general correct”, and wishes that he had been “less an infidel”.
MC:P378/C3/3 Postmarked 12 May 1967
Envelope accompanying MC:P378/C3/2, showing that it was purchased from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher.
MC:P378/C4 – LETTER FROM MARTIN ROUTH GIVEN IN 1974
This letter was presented to the College by John Sparrow, Warden of All Souls, in June 1974. It is not clear whether the page of newspaper cuttings came at the same time.
MC:P378/C4/1 13 & 14 Jul 1794
Letter from Martin Routh (address, Oxford) to William Davies (D. 1786–98). Routh asks whether Davies can deliver the oration at the Gaudy on 22 July, apologising for the very short notice. On the back of the letter is a draft reply from Davies, agreeing to do so, and passing on the respects of his father William Davies (D. 1758–62).
MC:P378/C4/2 May 1974
Typed transcript of MC:P378/C4/1 above, with a note that it was presented by John Sparrow.
MC:P378/C4/3 n.d. (c. 1900?)
Page, possibly from a scrapbook, of cuttings about Martin Routh, some of which can be dated to the late 1890s. It is not known how this page related to the letter.
MC:P378/C5 – LETTERS FROM MARTIN ROUTH TO ANGELA BURDETT-COUTTS GIVEN IN 1988
These letters and related documents from Martin Routh to the philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts were given to the archives in April 1988 as Accession No. 88/3. As MC:P378/C5/9 below, however, shows, the College had known of the letters’ existence before then, and even had transcripts of them. Most of them relate to the death of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, in 1852. MC:PR30/1/C2/14 Fols. 61–66 includes some letters from Burdett-Coutts to Routh.
MC:P378/C5/1 15 Sep 1852
Letter (with envelope extant) from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Angela Burdett-Coutts. Routh expresses his sorrow at the news of the death of the Duke of Wellington.
MC:P378/C5/2 23 Sep 1852
Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Angela Burdett-Coutts. Routh congratulates Burdett-Coutts on the birth of her nephew, and thanks her for her letter on Wellington’s death.
MC:P378/C5/3 31 Dec 1852
Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Angela Burdett-Coutts. Routh thanks Burdett-Coutts on his wife’s behalf for sending her a present. He reports that a chimney fell through the roof of the Lodgings, and sends her a Latin epitaph for Wellington.
MC:P378/C5/4 27 Jan 1853
Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Angela Burdett-Coutts. Routh explains the meaning of his epitaph for Wellington.
MC:P378/C5/5 7 Jun 1853
Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Angela Burdett-Coutts. Routh sends Burdett-Coutts an English verse translation of his epitaph.
MC:P378/C5/6 18 Jun 1853
Letter from Martin Routh (address, Magdalen College) to Angela Burdett-Coutts. Routh sends Burdett-Coutts a final version of his epitaph, which it seems is intended for a bust of Wellington.
Printed leaflet with an epitaph for the Duke of Wellington. A stray envelope with these papers might have originally enclosed this.
MC:P378/C5/8 18 Nov 1852
MS translation of the above epitaph.
Set of typed transcripts of MC:P378/C5/1–6 above, with a note from T. S. R. Boase (P. 1946–68) to C. T. Onions, then Fellow Librarian, dated 13 Oct 1950. He says that they were sent to him by Mrs. Patterson, who was using them in a book written about the Burdett Coutts family (this was Clara Burdett Patterson, Angela Burdett-Coutts and the Victorians [London, 1953]).
MC:P378/C6 – TRANSCRIPT OF LETTER ABOUT MARTIN ROUTH
This document was found with MC:PR30/1/C1/1–5, but with no hint of its provenance.
MC:P378/C6/1 5 Feb 1853
TS copy of an extract from a letter signed “J.B.” (Bloxam?) to an unnamed addressee. “J.B.” gives an account of Routh’s politics, in particular his Jacobitism, and notes his excellent memory.