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Jenkyns Collection: Appendix C - Other Dean Jenkyns Material

The College Archives contain some formal documents relating to RJ, and a little of his official correspondence on College business 1819-1854, especially concerning building projects and appeals to the Visitor. There is also a collection ( 2 boxes, ‘Early 19th Century miscellany’: MISC 5) of information about and copies of material elsewhere – in the British Library (especially Add MS 34586), Lambeth Palace Library (especially the Tait Papers), Wells Cathedral Library, Oriel College Library (Hampden Controversy Letters), the Bodleian Library (especially MS Finch) and in private hands. Of particular interest in the last category are the copies of letters to RJ from:

  • Robert Peel (5), to RJ as Vice-Chancellor, 1826-1828.
  • AC Tait (2), concerning his appointment as Headmaster of Rugby, 1842.
  • HE Manning (2 long letters, 6 & 15 March 1845) with RJ’s draft of his reply, concerning Tract 90.
  • Frederick Oakeley, 22 Oct 1845.
  • WG Ward, 29 Sept 1845
  • Benjamin Jowett (3) and EC Woollcombe (1), concerning building works in Balliol, 1852.

The College has two portraits of RJ: a large oil-colour by HP Briggs (engraved by Thomas Lupton, 1842) which hangs in the Hall, and a small watercolour by Frank Cruickshank in the Master’s Lodgings, which is paired with one of Mrs Troth Jenkyns; sketches by RJ of Balliol in his time hang in the Lodgings and the Old Common Room. His books were dispersed when he died, but the College Library has a few volumes associated with him through the generosity of his descendants. His arms appear in a number of places about the College buildings: Azure, on a saltire engrailed sable, four crosses patée fitchée points inwards.

- John Jones

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