No 370

Notwithstanding the order given against ditch leaping by Mr Liddell, this old custom took place as usual & was well attended. I think it a very beastly practice, and also a senseless one and should not have given my sanction to it had I been in school. I advise future Head town boys to do their best to put a stop to this custom which cannot be productive of any good to anyone.

W.C. Macready
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No 369*

Between Xmas and Whitsuntide 1850 a silver racket was bought by subscription throughout the school to be played for annually by TBs & QSS. The competition for it was great and the play was well contested by the various competitors. Balfour, W.S. however succeeded eventually in winning it.

Added by Everard Evered
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No 368

The play (the Andria) was stopped this year in consequence of the death of her late lamented Majesty the Queen Dowager notwithstanding the efforts of the head Q.S. & head monitor who positively got a Royal Command to continue it as usual. Dr Liddell would not accept the command and they were sold.

W.C. Macready Prin. Opp.

No 366

A very good race took place near the end of the half between two fours, made out of fellows in the eight. It was to have been stroke against bow but two oars being kept off the water the boat were made up otherwise. They were as follows

1. Wright T.B.
2. Macready T.B.
3. Mure T.B.
4. Barnes Q.S.
Cox Green Q.S.

1. Horne Q.S.
2. Williams Q.S.
3. Cook Q.S.
4. Eminson QS
Cox Twiss QS

The boats (fs. Noultons) were outriggers. The race from Vauxhall Bridge to Hungerford. Bow took the lead at first, but were hard pressed in a short time by Stroke, who at length passed them opposite the houses, and upon reaching Westminster Bridge were half a boats length ahead in coming through the bridge Twiss (Bows cox) made a curve & lost ground greatly, and being passed unable to gain it again. The stroke boat passed under Hungerford Bridge four boats lengths ahead of the Bow.

W.C. Macready
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No 365

Many spirited endeavours were made to get up boat races this term which had not great success, although more boats were on the water this half, than had been for some time since. The second eight & six continued to row steadily through the whole term and numerous light fours existed also. The boys in the shell got up a good pair oar race of four boats, which took place as follows. The boats were


1. Dick T.B.
2. Bourne T.B.


1. Browne T.B.
2. Waterfield T.B.


1. Berens T.B.
2. Williams Q.S.


1. Bennett Q.S.
2. Upperton Q.S.

They started from Battersea Bridge, and threw up their oars at Vauxhall bridge. No. 1 came in first by three boats lengths 3. Second 2. Third 4. Fourth. The town boys again beats Q.S.

W.C. Macready
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