MC:F23/C5 Letters relating to Wilson’s working life in College, 1884-1923
Letters relating to Wilson’s roles as College librarian, Vice-President, or utilising his insider knowledge of Oxford and the College system.
MC:F23/C5/1 10 July 1884
Letter from A. J. Ferrar (address Durham) to J. Rigaud. Ferrar (a student at Durham) writes to Rigaud in order to inform him about the process of retrieving a Magdalen book that he had found in the Routh Library at Durham University. Ferrar thinks it unlikely that the book will be returned after thirty years at Durham.
MC:F23/C5/2 9 July 1886
Letter from W. D. Macray (address Ducklington, Witney) to Wilson. Macray discusses a manuscript by Robertson (Schoolmaster of the College & afterwards Dean of Durham), given to Magdalen by a Mr. J.V. Halliwell-Phillips as a result of Bloxam and Macray answering his requests for information in Notes and Queries. Macray asks Wilson to write to Halliwell-Phillips to thank him. He adds that he cannot say whether he will attend the Gaudy.
MC:F23/C5/3 12 July 1886
Letter from John Muir (address: the Parsonage, Jedburgh )to HJ Wilson, who apparently sent it on to HA Wilson. Muir asks HJ Wilson to ask his brother, HA Wilson, to send him an example of the College entrance exams and a copy of the handbook for his son, Jim. He discusses his plans to write to the Warden of Keble, his criteria for selecting a college, and his son’s situation. There is an additional note in a different pen.
MC:F23/C5/4 14 July 1886
Letter from Burden Sanderson (address 50 Banbury Road, Oxford) to Wilson. Sanderson writes to accept an invitation to a dinner held on the 22nd.
MC:F23/C5/5 15 July 1886
Letter from Aubrey L. Moore (address 2 Keble Road, Oxford) to Wilson (‘V.P.’). Moore sends his apologies that he cannot accept an invitation as he must preach at the festival of St Mary Magdalene’s, Paddington, and will probably have to stay in London that night. He writes that he is returning some of Wilson’s books.
MC:F23/C5/6 15 July 1886
Letter from J.A. Hamilton (address 71 Cambridge St, Eccleston Sq. S.W.; stationary says Goldsmith building, Temple) to ‘My dear Vice President’, i.e. Wilson. Hamilton writes that he will be unable to attend an upcoming Gaudy. He expresses his wish to attend a special meeting about amending the Statutes, and if this is scheduled next to the Gaudy then he will go. He mentions that he would like a room in College. He implies that Magdalen was trying to place people in rooms like those in which they stayed as students.
MC:F23/C5/7 16 July 1886
Letter from John Muir (address: the Parsonage, Jedburgh) to HA Wilson. He thanks Wilson for sending the handbook and several examination papers, and for his help and explanations of the Oxford system. He discusses his plans for his son, having written to Keble to ask about him starting there in October 1887. (See MC:F23/C5/3).
MC:F23/C5/8 16 July 1886
Letter from J.A. Hamilton (address Goldsmith Building, Temple) to ‘Dear Vice President’, i.e. Wilson. Hamilton writes to inform Wilson that he intends to attend several College meetings as well as the Gaudy. He asks him to invite his brother, GF Hamilton, too.
MC:F23/C5/9 16 July 1886
Letter from Edward Worsley (address Evenley Vicarge, Brackley) to Wilson. Worsley writes in regards to finding a bed for the Gaudy weekend, about which he had already contacted Grant. He mentions a lecture that was to take place.
MC:F23/C5/10 20 December 
Letter from D.G. Hogarth (address Cantilupe Chantry, Lincoln) (see ODNB) to ‘Vice President’, i.e. Wilson. Hogarth says that will have to postpone seeing the College plate. He seeks for Wilson’s advice about ‘Craven’ (he was given a Craven University Fellowship), as he has been asked to put forward a proposed plan. Hogarth wished to investigate Macedonian history. He tells Wilson that he wants to go to Athens and to a German university to see how research was conducted there. He asks Wilson about his chances of successfully negotiating seven months off and how best to go about requesting it. He notes that this ‘application’ is quite unprecedented for a tutorial fellow. (The letter is dated to 1886 by the start of Hogarth’s fellowship at Magdalen).
MC:F23/C5/11 30 June [‘87’ added in pencil]
Letter from Walter Percival Ogle (address Cutteslowe, Oxford) to Wilson, expressing the gratitude of his family for the honour bestowed upon their recently deceased brother by the College. He enumerates gifts from the College to the family and declares that the College held great significance for his brother.
MC:F23/C5/12 5 March 1898
Letter from John Stainer (address Boscombe, South Parks Road, Oxford) to Wilson. Stainer apologises for thinking that Magdalen’s copy of Meibomius had disappeared. He expresses his desire to see it and observes that this copy might be the best.
MC:F23/C5/13 14 June 1900
Letter from H. A. Miers (address Magdalen College) to Wilson. H thanks Wilson for his kindness in taking up his cause and bringing it to a successful conclusion. He now hopes to “make a really good start with the educational work.”
MC:F23/C5/14 ‘31.i.07’ [31 January 1907]
Letter from Ralish (address Oxford) to Wilson. Ralish thanks Wilson for ‘looking out the Pecock’ for him. He intends to study it in the week he lectures on him. Ralish promises to send an edition of Blake for the library. He apologises for its ‘mean form’ and says that there is a ‘mean looking’ Shakespeare in the Press. This latter he says he will send to Wilson, noting that the second edition will be better for the library, as it will have all of the mistakes corrected.
MC:F23/C5/15 12 July 1910
Hormuzd Rassam (address: Westbourne Villas, Hove, Brighton) writes in regards to Assyrian relief from Nimrod that he presented to the College in 1849. His daughter had informed him that his name was not given as the presenter on the sculpture and he wishes that this be corrected. He discusses the origins of the gift.
MC:F23/C5/16 ‘St Andrews’ 30 November [n.d.]
Letter from Ogle (address, Magdalen College School) to Wilson. Ogle writes that he has enclosed a notice about the services of the Day of interception (this is not now in the collection). He writes about the grandfather of ‘Christie’, and assures Wilson that the gentleman’s wife was not French. Ogle discusses the problem he has with a bright pupil called Humphreys, taken on at MCS from Wainfleet [sic.] school under special financial arrangements. Ogle asks the College to give him an Exhibition, as otherwise Christie will not let him continue at the school. He had already contacted President Warren, but there had not been any action. He cites precedents for this type of scholarship. He makes some observations about Christie. (The letter must date before 1919, when Wilson retired).
MC:F23/C5/17 24 June 1923
Letter from Peddler (address Magdalen College) to Wilson. Peddler hopes that Wilson has received the agenda for an upcoming meeting. His letter discusses salaries and income tax alongside the College statutes.
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