[‘English church music is in dire need of reform’: Sir Herbert Oakeley, Professor of Music at Edinburgh University.] Autograph Letter Signed (‘H. S. Oakeley’) to Sir Lovelace Stamer, attacking the ‘degraded’ standard of English hymn tunes.

Sir Herbert Oakeley [Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley; H. S. Oakeley] (1830-1903), English composer and organist, Professor of Music at University of Edinburgh [Sir Lovelace Tomlinson Stamer (1829-1908)]
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10 June 1875; Bristol Hotel, Brighton.

A splendidly-forthright missive on a subject close to Oakeley's heart. See both men’s entries in the Oxford DNB. The two were near-contemporaries at Rugby School, and Stamer, at the time of writing a Prebendary at Lichfield, would go on to become the Bishop of Shrewsbury. 8pp, 12mo. On two bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged, with the two bifoliums folded twice and unobtrusively attached with tape. From the context it appears that Oakeley has been invited through Stamer to give a paper on church music to the Church Congress.

[ Sir H. S. Maine, Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. S. Maine') to Classical historian William Warde Fowler, regarding the Slavonic custom of the 'leaping-place of the old', and 'putting the aged to death'.

Sir H. S. Maine [ Sir Henry James Sumner Maine ] (1822-1888), Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, and Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, legal anthropologist and historian [ W. Warde Fowler ]
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London, 2 December 1884. On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, London.

The recipient William Warde Fowler (1847-1921), a tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford, is best known for his works on ancient Roman religion. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'The “leaping place of the old” was pointed out to my informant in one of the Slavonic (new Germanised) provinces in the Baltic. But I believe I have seen several references to it in print'.

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