MC:F23/C4 Letters from President Herbert Warren, 1886-1919
Warren, Sir (Thomas) Herbert (1853-1930). President of Magdalen 1885-1928. Married Mary Isabel Brodie, daughter of Sir Benjamin Brodie 16 December 1886. Manilla Hall School, Clifton; Clifton College; Scholar of Balliol 1872-76; BA 1876, MA 1879. Fellow of Magdalen 1877, appointed Tutor 1877, Junior Dean of Arts 1881-84, Senior Tutor 1883-85, elected President 1885. Retired 1928. See ODNB.
MC:F23/C4/1 29 December 1883
Letter from Herbert Warren (address, 4 Downside Road, Clifton) to Wilson. Warren thanks Wilson for his help in the College. He hopes that Wilson will correct his shortcomings and continue to assist him, particularly with matters concerning the bursaries. (As Warren sends his best wishes for Wilson’s father, the letter must date to before 1888).
MC:F23/C4/2 3 May 1886
Letter from President Warren (address, Magdalen) to Wilson. Warren asks Wilson to accept his gift of a model of a Roman column that he brought back from a visit to Rome and to keep it in memory of their first year of joint office in Magdalen.
MC:F23/C4/3 9 July 1886
Letter from President Warren (address, Victoria Hotel, Yarmouth) to Wilson. Warren writes about his guests at a gaudy, requesting that AT Roberts be invited. He asks Wilson to arrange through Bennett, a lunch for a friend, CP Lucas, who is bringing a party to Oxford.
MC:F23/C4/4 12 July 1886
Letter from President Warren (address Wainfleet St Mary) to Wilson. Warren thanks Wilson for his letter, and says that he has asked Lucas to write to Bennett with the details of his visit. Warren describes his holiday, visiting Harwell county, and Candlesby amongst other places. He also mentions the names of some people he has visited or will be seeing on his trip.
MC:F23/C4/5 16 July 
Letter from President Warren (address Brockham Warren, Betchworth) to Wilson. Warren writes to inform Wilson that he will be staying at Winchester College on Sunday. He asks him to check that Bennett has everything ready for Lucas’ visit, and says that he should meet him, if possible. This letter is dated to 1886 by the reference to Lucas’ visit, which is also discussed in MC:F23/C4/4.
MC:F23/C4/6 17 September 1886
Letter from President Warren (address Brockham Warren, Betchworth) to Wilson. Warren announces his engagement to a Miss Mary Brodie, daughter of the late Sir Benjamin. He tells Wilson about his bride and says that he anticipates receiving congratulations at the Bursarial committee meeting.
MC:F23/C4/7 19 March 1888
Letter from President Warren (address, Magdalen) to Wilson, expressing his sympathy on his father’s death.
MC:F23/C4/8 12 October 1899
Letter from President Warren (address, Magdalen) to Wilson. Warren thanks Wilson for the copy of the College history, which he has started reading and praises. He also thanks him on behalf of Magdalen.
MC:F23/C4/9 20 June 1902
Letter from President Warren (address, Magdalen) to Wilson. Warren writes that he has thought about the parish that Wilson had mentioned. He talks, cryptically, about “the results of the Ball”, which he regrets and hopes will not happen again. He explains that permissions for ‘the Sunday work’ were given out without his knowledge. He was unable to stop it going ahead and felt that there were exceptional circumstances. He also denies having any responsibility for another decision to which Wilson seems to have objected, but expresses regret for not having consulted Wilson.
MC:F23/C4/10 4 February [n.d.]
Letter from President Warren to Wilson. Warren supplies the full name and style of Prince Christian, Duke of Schleswig Hostein, Stirmarn, and Dithmarchen and of Oldenberg. [Likely to date before 1914 and certainly to before 1917 by the Prince’s death].
MC:F23/C4/11 22 March 1919
Letter from President Warren (address, Magdalen) to Wilson. Warren begins the letter with a quote from George Herbert, calling it ‘a verse well suited to the times’, which had comforted him often during the war. He thanks Wilson for sending his edition of St Willibrord’s calendar, which he calls interesting and handsome. He would like to know what is genuine about St Genufera when he sees the calendar.
Card from President Warren to Wilson, expressing his surprise at some of the words Wilson used toward the end of a College meeting potentially implying that he might leave Magdalen in the near future. (Unsigned but in Warren’s hand).
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