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College Plate: Decanter

Silver decanter given by Richard Morgan

It was customary for gentlemen commoners at Lincoln to give a piece of silver to the Senior Common Room: in 1730 these included a decanter from Richard Morgan as well as 2 sauceboats from Westley Hall and 12 forks from J. Westley, 2 candlesticks and snuffers from J. Thorold and a decanter from H. Hamilton. 

Richard Morgan was the younger brother of William, one of the founding members of the Holy Club and a pupil of Wesley’s. William Morgan’s death in 1732 had been attributed by some, including his father, to the rigours of the regime to which he had submitted as a member of the Holy Club. In spite of his misgivings, Richard Morgan senior entrusted his second son to Wesley’s care. Richard Morgan junior seems to have been anxious to avoid his brother’s fate and Wesley’s letters and journals paint a picture of the young Morgan caught between the rigour imposed by Wesley and the attractions of University life.

The decanter, which is still in use in the Senior Common Room, bears the inscription: Richardus Morgan Filius unicus Richardi Morgan Armigeri de Civitate Dubliniensis in Hibernia Soc: Com: Coll: Lin: D.D. The inscription, describing Richard Morgan as “filius unicus” (only son), is a poignant reminder of William Morgan’s death.