MC:F23/C7 Letters and documents relating to Wilson’s research and publications
Letters relating to Wilson’s research and publications (besides responses to the College History) and assistance he offered to other researchers.
MC:F23/C7/1 14 November 1889
Letter from J. Wickham-Legg (see ODNB) (address: Green Street, Park Lane, London) to Wilson. Wickham-Legg writes to Wilson in order to thank him for his help with his liturgical studies. He asks about pre-Reformation mentions of William Waynflete’s buskins. Wickham-Legg credits Wilson as the author of some anonymous articles in the Guardian on French breviaries, and asks him questions about French and Spanish breviaries.
MC:F23/C7/2 21 November 1889
Letter from J. Wickham-Legg (address: Green Street, Park Lane, London) to Wilson. Wickham-Legg thanks Wilson for his letter regarding Waynflete’s buskins. He has examined a manuscript (Harl. 4240) and notes the spelling of a word, which he speculates might be a scribal error. He notes that he spoke to St John Hope, Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries, about the buskins and asks if Wilson would bring them to a society event. Wickham-Legg discusses French Breviaries. He mentions a scholar called Neale who believes that they are worthless. Wickham-Legg promises to send some of his writings.
MC:F23/C7/3 ‘Sat.’ 12 Dec. 
Letter from Charles Yule (address Horspath) to Wilson. In response to a question from Wilson, Yule discusses the problem of determining at what latitude a particular manuscript was written. The manuscript in question seemed to have had information about shadows and perhaps time. He asks for further information. (The letter is dated to 1891 as it seems to precede that below).
MC:F23/C7/4-5 18 December 1891
Letter and accompanying document from Charles Yule (address Horspath) to Wilson. Eah says he has tried Wilson’s horologium many times and has come concluded that it is purely fanciful and not based on experiment. He observes that he can only investigate it as a mariner not a mathematician. Yule describes an experiment he conducted whilst trying to find out about this method. An enclosed sheet details times, shadows, latitude and calculations.
MC:F23/C7/6 5 May [c.1892]
Letter from William Moore (address, Appleton Rectory, Abingdon) to Wilson. Moore responds to a query from Wilson about the authenticity of the treatises ‘De Trinitate (ad Eustathium)’ by Gregory of Nyssa. He supports Wilson’s idea that he should translate the first three treatises, but not the fourth. Moore sends one Mr. Day’s list of treatises and page numbers, giving a partial total of what is to be translated. (The letter is dated to c.1892 as Wilson and Moore’s translations of Gregory of Nyssa were published in that year).
MC:F23/C7/7-9 13 March 1898
Letter and two accompanying documents from J.F. Hedges (address Swerford, Enstone, Oxon.) to Wilson. Hedges writes to Wilson about past vicars of Swerford, enclosing two lists of known early rectors and men presented by Magdalen, written on the backs of invitation cards. He asks Wilson for advice on tracking down the names of missing rectors from 1349-1559. He reports that he has not found any trace of a Francis Swan at Swerford. Hedges discusses the church and its graveyard.
MC:F23/C7/10 25 April 1898
Letter from R. Warwicke Bond (address 4 High street, St Clements, Oxford) to Wilson. Bond writes to inform Wilson that he is in Oxford, working at the Bodleian Library on the Euphues of John Lyly, whose complete works he is editing. He asks Wilson if there is any material in Magdalen’s manuscripts from or about Lyly. Mr. Baker had shown him library catalogues at Magdalen. Bond makes some observations about an edition of Euphues at the College. He asks about Lyly’s supposed rustication.
MC:F23/C7/11 2 May 1898
Letter from R. Warwicke Bond (address 4 High street, St Clements, Oxford) to Wilson. Bond thanks Wilson for supplying information about Lyly and for his suggestions as regards Lyly’s ‘rustication.’ Bond says that he is focussing on the textual rather than biographical material first. He asks about an edition of Lyly’s ‘Eudimion’, produced by GP Baker and expresses his intention to present Magdalen with a copy of his own book, on publication.
MC:F23/C7/12 9 June 1898
Letter from Edward Hopkins (address Kendal Lodge, High Street, Herne Bay) to Wilson. Hopkins thanks Wilson for sending information at the request of his friend Dr. John Varley Roberts. He discusses wording relating to the College organ in archival documents. He asks Wilson to search the College accounts for further information relating to the Early Modern period.
MC:F23/C7/13 24 February 1900
Letter from Reginald Lane Poole (address Mansel House, Oxford) to Wilson. Poole thanks Wilson for sending a tabular statement of his results for the Leonine Sacramentary. Poole thinks that they seem to confirm Harvet’s rules. He tells Wilson that he wants to include this table in a lecture that he is giving. He refers to a list of relics and altars in the abbey church at Einsiedeln.
MC:F23/C7/14 15 June 1901
Letter from St John Hope (see ODNB) (address ‘Soc. Antiq. Lond.,’ Burlington House, Piccadilly) to Wilson. Hope thanks Wilson for some extracts from the College accounts. He wants to see what other works might be traced to the same craftsmen mentioned in the accounts. Hope writes that he wishes that Magdalen and some of the other colleges would endorse a Fellowship for Archaeological research in the antiquities of England and appoint him to it!
MC:F23/C7/15 7 December 1911
Letter from F. Madan (see ODNB) (address: Bodleian Library) to Wilson. Madan writes identifying fragments of an early printed book for Wilson. These consist of parts of a previously unknown edition of the ‘longe parvula’ of John Stanbridge taken from a binding. There is also a note about the size of Magdalen College School.
MC:F23/C7/16 19 December [n.d.]
Letter from C. Cookson (address 13 Edwards Square, Kensington) to Wilson. Cookson writes to Wilson in order to ask him for his opinion on a liturgical point that affected St Paul’s School legally. He had been fighting the Charity Commission’s new scheme for the school regarding religious instruction. He discusses Colet’s statutes of 1518 and catechism in the hope that Wilson’s expert interpretation of these will support his position.
Document with instructions about converting shillings, pence and farthings with sample calculations. The document is initialled ‘HWC.’
MC:F23/C7/18 31 May [n.d.]
Letter from F.G. Kenyon (see ODNB) (address British Museum) to Wilson. Kenyon writes to Wilson with the results of his study of some papers connected to Mary Queen of Scots. He reports that Chapman sent him an annotated agenda paper of Wednesday’s meeting and notes Wilson’s efforts to keep the peace in some controversy. He mentions a manuscript of Cassiodorus. He expresses his regrets that New College ‘failed to catch B.L.C.’ (unidentified), but supposes Magdalen must be happy. The letter dates after 1888 (Kenyon’s first appointment to the BM) and before 1919 (Wilson’s retirement).
MC:F23/C7/19 16 June [n.d.]
Letter from J.E.Millard (address Basingstoke) to Wilson. Millard asks Wilson to make an additional survey of the Selbourne papers to see if there is anything he might select for transcription. He says that he has discovered a good deal of material at Merton.
MC:F23/C7/20 29 July [n.d.]
Letter from Millard (address Basingstoke) to Wilson (‘VC. President’). Millard reports that Wilson’s Selbourne summaries arrived safely. He encloses a cheque for Wilson to pass on to the ‘sub-librarian’ to pay for transcriptions. He warns Wilson that he may have more deeds transcribed.
MC:F23/C7/21-24 24 August [n.d.]
Letter from H. Salter to Poole (address Shirburn Vicarage, Watlington, Oxford) with accompanying documents. Salter thanks Poole for a list of the rolls of Worcester. The letter was written to accompany Salter’s report on the cartulary of the Hospital of St John – the first of the enclosed documents. He says that he is happy to transcribe anything and would be pleased if Magdalen would print material from it. Salter asks about negotiating a discount price for members of the Oxford Historical society. He enquires about how some papal bulls came to New College. Of the two other documents enclosed with the letter, MC:F23/C7/23 contains ideas for printing the hospital cartulary. MC:F23/C7/24 is a list entitled ‘Villa Oxon’ with two sets of numbers. These documents appear to be in Wilson’s hand. It is not know how he acquired the letter.
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