MC:F23/MS3 Further notes and papers relating to the College History
MC:F23/MS2-MS4 are all parts of Wilson’s working papers for his history of Magdalen College. They were each found separately bundled up, and are therefore catalogued separately.The contents of MC:F23/MS3 were found in an envelope inscribed ‘College History. Miscellaneous Notes (mostly used).’ They comprise the following:
Note: ‘Statutes of New Coll. Magdalen.’ (1 page).
List of members ‘or reputed members’ of the College, ‘not on the foundation’ as well as non-members. This is a list of paintings – mostly portraits- owned by the College with notes about the artist or other information about their origins. (2 pages)
MC:F23/MS3/3 3 December 1845
MS sheet of ‘Regulations for Boats intended for the use of members of the University.’ Signed P.B. Symonds, Vice-Chancellor (address, Wadham College). Also a sheet written by the same hand entitled ‘Extract from Presidents’ Book’ and attributed to W.H. Milman, President. The extract is a passage concerning rowing – the Challenge Sculls. There are other notes about the event, and a request from the person taking the notes that Wilson suppress Wilberforce’s name if he uses the extract in his book. (2 pages).
List entitled ’35 Henry VI.’ The document lists charters, with dates and notes of various events connected to Magdalen. The dates range from 1456- 1458. The next page seems to start in the middle of a sentence, which outlines the purposes of a grant of some sort, perhaps even the foundation of the College itself. The text also grants the College the authority to allow Richard Vyse to hold another benefice. This appears to be a translation of a charter. There follows a transcription of a royal charter dating to 1457 notes on a charter of 1456 and another of 1457. Finally there is a sheet of notes on ’36 Hen. Vi.’, relating to the foundation of Magdalen. (5 pages).
Passage copied from Bishop Flemming’s Register, fol. 172v., on stationary of Bishop Alnwick’s Tower, The Old Palace, Lincoln. The extract mentions William Waynflete.
MC:F23/MS3/6 31 May 1898
Letter from J.R. Magrath (Provost of Queen’s College 1878-1930) (address Queen’s College Oxford) to Wilson. Magrath writes about the acquisition of 85 High Street by the College between 1496-1508, when it was known as the Saracen’s Head. He includes an extract from a medieval document concerning the property. (1 page).
List of dates and events in College between 1559-1561. (1 page).
Very small piece of card with what appears to be the key to a plan of the College, of which it was once perhaps a part. (1 item).
List of names of members of College with some notes. The dates covered are 1525-1533. (1 page). A reference, ‘iv.77’, accompanies the list.
Extract taken from a document in Latin.
List of departments and staff of Magdalen with numbers, perhaps representing expenditure. There is a fragment of an apparently unrelated sentence on the reverse. (1 page).
List of names and numbers of something to be allocated to them. Totals are calculated. On the reverse is a fragment of a paragraph about a special grant given to certain fellows.
Summary of a letter to Pole from 15 September 1554. (1 page).
List of the names of nine fellows with marks below them. (1 page, double-sided).
MS notes about Magdalen College School, including quotations and the plans for the school in 1828 and 1845. (1 page).
MC:F23/MS3/16 4 November 1898
Letter from T. Fowler (address C.C.C.) to Wilson concerning his examination of the account appended to the foundation charter of Corpus describing the settlement of the President and Fellows into their buildings. Fowler discusses discrepancies between this account and primary sources at Magdalen. Fowler also mentions a publication of his own.
MC:F23/MS3/17 24 October 1898
Letter from F.E. Robinson (address, 20 Great Russell Street, London) to Wilson. Robinson writes that he approves of Hurst’s plan, especially once it is slightly reduced. This seems to be a plan of the College. He discusses blockmakers and the paper to be used for Wilson’s history of Magdalen, as well as typefaces, costs and the publication date.
Notes on Fox and College controversies in the early 16th century. On the reverse is a list of names with a tally of some description at the bottom. (2 pages).
Blank sheet enclosing 5 sheets of notes. The first sheet has notes on Sele Priory in the year 1491. The other four have notes on events that occurred at Magdalen in the mid-17th century.
Account entitled ‘Perfect Occurrences of both Houses of Parliament and Martiall [sic.] Affairs.’ Notes taken from documents dated 23, 25 and 28 May 1646, relating to the Civil War and Oxford. The document discusses royalist defences near Magdalen.
List of royal charters from the reign of Henry VIII relating to Magdalen. Notes at the bottom of the page (continued on verso) speculate about the chronological order of the documents and errors in the College accounts. Wilson attempts to date the election of Higdon as President. (2 pages)
Rough list of prominent members of Magdalen College, Magdalen School and Magdalen Hall in the 17th century. (2 pages).
Part of an account of Bagshaw, Smith and Aldworth and a struggle between the College and the King. The account now begins mid-sentence. (1 page).
Small piece of card with a list of names and the words ‘vacated 30 October’ on one side, with ‘20 present’ and some numbers on the other.
MC:F23/MS3/25 9 November [c.1898]
Letter from W.D. Macray (address Ducklington) to Wilson. Macray sends Wilson his rough notes of the bursars’ rolls, covering years between c.1510-c.1525. He suggests a course of action for Wilson’s research. The notes follow the letter.
Small piece of card with rough lists of names and numbers.
Small piece of card with a note about plane and birch trees planted in 1799 or 1800.
List of buildings divided into chronological periods: from before Waynflete’s time, from Waynflete’s day, ‘later buildings’. (1 page).
Extract copied from a British Museum MS concerning a report on the almshouse dating to 1596. There is a note at the top of the page: ‘Query from one of Dr. Bloxam’s volumes ‘p.82.’ Below the extract is a note from H. Hurst saying that he found the ‘above scrap straying’ and asking if Wilson remembered ‘whence it came.’ He notes that some workmen had seen capitals and the shape of some low vaulting and that Alderman Fletcher’s book in the Bodleian has an MS note about bodies found there. (1 page).
Ten sheets of paper folded together, plus one enclosed scrap, all folded in a blank sheet. The enclosed scrap of paper has references written on it. The next sheet lists dates between 1502-1530 alongside notes of building work completed in the College in those years. The following sheet lists buildings and structures built between 1466-1518 with notes and dates. The third sheet has notes about documents and dates, numbers of demies admitted in certain years, etc. for the early years of Magdalen’s existence. The fourth sheet is a list of properties given to the College, with dates and notes of medieval documents. The fifth is a note about an incident recorded in the Vice-President’s register for 1558, with a page reference. The sixth sheet has a column of names next to a column of town and county names. The seventh sheet has notes about building work at Magdalen in 1475, 1479, and 1505. The eighth and ninth sheets have notes about some events, grants and agreements dating from 1456-1537, with references to documents. The tenth sheet lists various individuals and posts they held, alongside a slightly longer note about Groeyn and Colet. (10 pages).
Small piece of paper with a note about the ‘Election Gallery’ and part of the cloisters.
Piece of heavy, foolscap-sized paper entitled ‘List of portraits in President’s Lodgings, Magdalen College.’ The paintings are listed by subject, with notes about the artist, and sometimes a very brief description.
Eight small cards with notes on building work, lists of College members alongside numbers, lists of references, calculations, a painting of Dr. Bulley, and a bequest. All notes relate to either the 16th or the 19th centuries.
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