[1864 Oxford Diary of George Tate Medd.] Autograph Diary describing his stay with his brother C. S. Medd of University College, with reference to Wilberforce, Jowett, 'Athletic sports' against Cambridge.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [Charles Septimus Medd, Fellow of University College, Oxford]
Publication details: 
Oxford, 31 December 1863 to 31 December 1864. Diary written out in 'Pawsey's Pocket Diary, and Almanack, for 1864' (London: Peacock, Mansfield, & Co.).
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Medd's autograph diary and memoranda fill the 144pp and prelims of the printed 16mo almanack and diary, which is in a 10.5 x 6.5 cm brown leather flapped binding. Ownership inscription: 'George Tate Medd | 4. Magdalen Terrace | Iffley Road | Oxford'. Medd was not a student at the University, but having been invalided out of the army (see below), he was staying with his brother Charles Septimus Medd (for whom see Alum. Oxon.) whose election as a Fellow of University College he records at the beginning of the volume with a 'Hurrah'. The diary reflects his turning to the Church of England (he would be made deacon in 1868, and priest in 1870). The entries record family news and personal affairs, social visits, his health, his bathing 'at Parson's Folly' and walking 'to the Wilderness', trips 'down the River', his reading (astronomy and geography), the weather, visits to 'Public Baths' and Hawthorn Tavern, the ordination as deacon of his brother Arthur. He begins by going to Magdalen College Hall to 'hear the Choristers' on New Years Eve. On 31 January he hears 'Mr. Sacket[t] Hope' preach at Merton. On 13 February he writes of Samuel Wilberforce: 'I feel much better in mind & body & am hopeful for the future. The Bp. of Oxford's sermon last night has done me much good, I like his "style" very much'. On 3 March he writes: 'A.M. A gloomy wet day. 9 "Sep" [his brother] went to "dejeuner" with B. Jowett of Balliol | Out for a walk & to the library & Prior's. P.M Wet & cold, indoors reading "Hope on, Hope Ever" is now my motto'. Two days later: 'The Athletic sports, "Oxford v. Cambridge" began in the meadow opposite. After dinner at 2 PM went to see the "Athletes"; Oxford won the most "feats", but Cambridge won the long races; very excellent work.' Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Medd served in the Crimea and the China War, 1857-58 (medals with 2 clasps). He retired in 1861 invalided. Turning to the church he was made a deacon in 1868 and a priest in 1870. He was Curate of Rotherfield, Sussex, 1868-70; Curate of Harrietsham, Kent, 1870-76; and Vicar of Whitchurch, near Aylesbury, from 1876 to his death.