In consequence of the resignation of the Revd. John Campbell at the Christmas Vacation 1818 a Cup was presented to him raised by the subscription of those Boys then boarding at Miss Bests (the house of which he had been the Usher) and those King Scholars then in College who when Town Boys boarded at that House.
George Bowen Prin. Oppidans
Added Feb 18th 1820 By RL Benton Prin. Oppidans
After a short and sudden illness on the 29th day of August 1818. The Revd J.W. Dodd departed this life in the 57th year of his age having been usher of the school 34 years. To perpetuate whose memory the Boarders and Mrs Packharniss’ erected a monument in the east cloister of Westminster Abbey. The following are the names of the subscribers.
T. L. Freer
E. D. O’Reily
George Bowen, Head Boarder
A dispute having arisen between the head Boarder and the head boy of the Town Boys (a half boarder) concerning this book, whether it should be vested in the hands of a Home Boarder or not, it was referred to the Sixth who by a large majority decided that in future it should always be placed in the hands of the Head Boarder.
George Bowen, Head Boarder
The college play being again put off in consequence of the demise of the Queen, the Sixth Dinner was held on this day (Saturday) at Willis’s in St James Street. C. Smith (Half Boarder) President, O. Hamlyn (Boarder) Vice President.
The annual list of the Sixth stands this years as follows (1818)
A challenge was also sent to us by the Charter House to play them at Cricket, which was very properly refused, not only on account of their being such inferior players but because it was thought beneath Westminster to accept a challenge from a private school.
August 1818 G. Shepley Princeps Oppidanus
A letter having been sent by the Etonians to Westminster; in which they challenged us to a rowing match, an answer was immediately returned stating our acceptance of the same, but at the same time informing them that the day which they had proposed to row us on, would be most inconvenient, as it unfortunately happened to be the day previous to that, on which our annual Cricket Match would take place. In answer to this the Etonians proposed rowing the day after the Match day and offered to get us leave out to dine with them, as a conclusion to the business. Again we wrote word them word that we should be most happy to accede to their proposal, and sent an invitation to those Etonians who were to row us, to dine with us on the Match day. Thus it was settled, and 3 of the Town-boys, and 3 of the King Scholars immediately set about practising (the names of the former were; Withy, Grant, Wills and of the latter Pemberton, Gresley, Hussey). But the business somehow or other coming to Dr Page’s ears, he forbad our engaging in it threatening expulsion if it were persisted in, wherefore it was thought most prudent to give it up.
July 1818 G. Shepley Princeps Oppidanus