MC:F23/C2 Letters from H.R. Bramley, 1880-1899
Bramley, Henry Ramsden. (1833 – 1917). Oriel matr. 1852, scholar Univ. 1853, BA 1856, fellow of Magdalen 1857-1908, MA 1859, Tutor 1858-68, 1871-83, vicar of Horspath 1861-89, examining chaplain to the Bishop of Lincoln, resident chaplain, precentor of Lincoln (1895-1902).
MC:F23/C2/1 16 July 1880
Letter from HR Bramley to Wilson (address Magdalen College). Bramley discusses a birth certificate that he has sent on. He says that he has written to Hamilton and talks about a collation of a manuscript he had produced and a misleading entry in Coxe’s catalogue. He discusses the authorship of a medieval text. Bramley discusses whether or not a new Chapel scheme will be passed at the next meeting, outlining the positions taken by some of the Fellows. He also mentions an upcoming rural deanery meeting about burials and the repainting of his rooms in College.
MC:F23/C2/2 21 July 1880
Letter from HR Bramley to Wilson (address Magdalen College). Bramley gives his report on a College meeting, including the report of the Chapel Committee, Wilson’s election to the post of librarian, and a dispute over a new district in Reading. Another item on the agenda was a grant from the Shepherd Fund, which was conferred upon John Routh. Bramley reports that the Bishop is happy to make arrangements for Wilson to become Vicar of Horspath, and that he has found a way around the Bishop’s objection to Academical titles.
MC/F23/C2/3 ‘Eve of St James’ 1880
Letter from HR Bramley to Wilson (address Magdalen College). Bramley discusses the timing and conditions for Wilson’s ordination. The Bishop (John Fielder Mackarness) has been gathering evidence from the Fellows that they had been engaged in parochial work. He appears to have raised objections to Wilson’s taking orders. Bramley also reports on an ‘epidemic’ of diarrhoea in the College, possibly due to the water.
MC:F23/C2/4 20 May 1898
Letter from HR Bramley (address, Bishop Alnwick’s Tower, the Old Palace, Lincoln) to Wilson. Bramley writes that he has copied an entry relating to William Barbor’s ordination as Acolyte, claiming that it is inaccurate. (The entry, in Latin, is on the final page of the letter). He discusses the possibility that this William Barbor was the same person as William Waynflete and a means for collecting evidence to support this theory.
MC:F23/C2/5 13 October 1899
Letter from HR Bramley (address, The Precentary, Lincoln) to Wilson. Bramley thanks Wilson for giving him a copy of the Magdalen College history. He praises the book as well as pointing out a few typos and an error concerning the date of the Commemoration of Henry III, which apparently originated with Bloxam. He ends with a query regarding a feast connected with a portrait of Henry VIII.
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