MC:PR32/MS3 Papers regarding Reverend James Matthew Thompson (Fellow 1904-1938, Dean of Divinity 1905-1915)
This box of papers and correspondence relates to James Thompson and his controversial views relating to the Incarnation and the Resurrection. This led to his license to the office of the Dean of Divinity being revoked by the Visitor of the College, and the College needing to find another man on the foundation who could legally perform these duties (such as Sunday services). However, it was decided by College to revoke the byelaw that required the Dean of Divinity to gain a licence to fulfil certain of his duties, thus supporting James Thompson and resolving the difficulties presented by the Visitor’s actions. There is also a copy of the College Bylaws from 1908 (with changes to 1922) and statutes from 1921 (as set in 1877).
There is a note describing the papers, which is initialled by Colin Arthur Cooke (Senior Bursar and Fellow 1944-1970). Papers from the Estates Bursary regarding this issue remain in MS 662. The grouping reflects the physical grouping of the documents.
One printed copy of the College statutes from 1921 and one printed copy of the College bylaws (adopted in 1892, this version revised to 1922).
Correspondence to President Warren from:
2 George Edward Baker (Demy 1865-1869, Fellow 1870-post 1922) (1)
3-5 Cyril Robert Carter (Dean of Divinity 1896-1902, Estates Bursar 1910-1930) (3)
6 Christopher Cookson (Fellow 1894-1919) (1)
7-8 David George Hogarth (Commoner 1881-1885, Fellow 1886-1927) (2)
9-13 Charles S Routh (5)
14 Sheppard (1)
15-16 Henry Kemble Southwell (Commoner 1879-1883, Vice-Provost of Lancing 1911-
17 William Archibald Spooner (Warden of New College 1903-1924) (1)
18-39 James Matthew Thompson (22)
40 Cuthbert Hamilton Turner (Fellow 1889-1930) (1)
41 George Edward Underhill (Fellow 1882-1919) (1)
42 Sydney Howard Vines (Sherardian Professor of Botany and Fellow 1888-1920)
43 Clement Charles Julian Webb (Fellow 1889-1922) (1)
44-47 Henry Austin Wilson (Fellow 1876-1927) (4)
48-53 Edward Bishop of Winchester (Edward Talbot) (6)
From President Warren:
54-66 Letters (13)
MC:PR32/MS3/69 Oct 11th, 1911
2 annotated copies of a motion by J.A.S. regarding who will carry out the services instead of James Thompson, after the Bishop of Winchester revoked his
MC:PR32/MS3/70 Oct 11th, 1911
Printed College Order made at a College Meeting giving the President the right to appoint a member of the College Foundation to carry out services previously carried out by James Thompson before his licence was revoked by the Bishop of Winchester.
MC:PR32/MS3/71 Oct 28th, 1911
2 page printed notice about a proposed memorial to Canon Robert Falkner Hessey (Fellow of Magdalen 1848-1864, and Dean of Basingstoke).
MC:PR32/MS3/72 Nov 23rd, 1911
Printed statement from President Warren regarding the past and present position of the office of Dean of Divinity in response to decisions made at the College Meeting of 11th November, 1911, whereby certain bylaws were repealed.
MC:PR32/MS3/73 Dec 2nd, 1911
1 page printed notice of the decisions taken at a meeting for the Committee of the Regulation of Chapel Services.
Printed copy of Canon 23 of the Canons of 1603 regarding students receiving communion four times a year in College, sent to Warren by Routh, Stacey and Castle, the College’s counsel.
Printed copy of Chapter 66 of an Act (from 1871) regarding the rights of a bishop to license a clergyman of any chaplain in his diocese to administer communion.
A note accompanies these papers stating that they were found behind the desk of Reverend Arthur White Adams (Fellow 1949-1979) when moving the President’s office and handed in by Mr. Bill Edwards. The note is dated September 28th, 1979 and is in the hand of Mrs Brenda Parry-Jones, College archivist 1979-1987.
MC:PR32/MS3/76 Jul 14th-19th, 1911
Confidential, printed pamphlet of letters from the Bishop of Winchester, a statement from James Thompson and a copy of the Bishop’s licence to perform the office of Dean of Divinity in Magdalen College, Oxford.
MC:PR32/MS3/77 Sept 17th, 1911
Printed, confidential letter from Clement Charles Julian Webb (Fellow 1889-1922) to the President and Fellows of Magdalen College regarding the Opinion of Cave and Hansell with respect to the Case submitted to them regarding the matter of James Thompson.
MC:PR32/MS3/78 Oct 3rd, 1911
Damaged agenda for an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 11th, 1911 at College.
MC:PR32/MS3/79-80 Aug 1911
Damaged envelope addressed to Reverend Henry Austin Wilson (Fellow 1876-1927) containing another envelope addressed to Wilson containing:
MS3/79: A letter to Wilson from Charles Routh, deated 8 Aug 1911 regarding a letter from the President and the Opinion of Counsel also contained.
MS3/80: Printed document of the Case for the joint opinion of Mr. George Cave, K.C., M.P. and Mr. E. W. Hansell, being a list of documents, an introductory statement and a list of questions for consideration by the counsel regarding the position of James Thompson.
MC:PR32/MS3/81 Aug 9th, 1911
Printed letter from James Thompson to the President and Fellows of Magdalen College regarding the Case submitted to counsel (See MC:PR32/MS3/80). In it he wishes to correct and clarify the wording of some of the points raised.
Handwritten note (unknown hand) stating that James Thompson held the office of Dean of Divinity for the full term of 10 years.
MC:PR32/MS3/83-85 Aug-Oct 1911
Envelope addressed to Reverend Henry Austin Wilson (Fellow 1876-1927) containing:
MS3/83-84: Typescript copy of a letter from Charles Routh to President Warren (14, Southampton Street, Bloomsbury, W.C.) that includes a typescript copy of a letter from Warren to Routh (dated 25-8 Aug 1911). Both allude to various points raised and discussed regarding the position of James Thompson and College Byelaws relevant to the situation.
MS3/85: Copy of a handwritten motion by J.A.S. (dated 11 Oct 1911) regarding who will carry out the services instead of James Thompson, after the Bishop of Winchester revoked his licence.
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