No 28

The following is a list of sixth form as at Christmas 1819

 

Charles Floyer

Henry Heberden

Richard Williamson

Robert Burton

William Alfrey

Roper Tyler

Benjamin Hall

Richard Berens

Thomas Wyld

William Williamson

Joseph Jekyll

Frederick Grant

Antony Lechmere

William Heberden Junr

William London

Henry Hull

George Kaye

George Mansell

Richard Bonnor

John Harrison

John Dixon

Ld Pelham

William Ellis

Alfred Carr

James Brodie

Duncan Campbell

John Fullerton

George Arbuthnot

John Musgrave

John Lane Freer

Charles Bigge

John Clay

32

Charles Floyer. Princeps Oppidanus

No 26

On the 27th of October Dr Goodenough deaf to all remonstrance, ventured to infringe upon the established usage off the school, by flogging a Sixth Fellow who had been shewn up for being intoxicated. In consequence of this it was unanimously agreed throughout the Town Boys that in order to bring him to a sense of misconduct and to cause him to redress the injury done to the Honour of the Sixth he should be hissed on his entering into School on the ensuing day. Circumstances which it is better to bury in oblivion than to mention, precluded us from carrying our resolution into effect; however having extorted a promise from Goodenough that he would never more inflict upon a sixth fellow similar punishment we were satisfied.

Charles Floyer Princeps Oppidanus

Further detail regarding this incident is provided in a letter from pupil Richard Dyott to his father General William Dyott:

‘Doctor Goodenough flogged a fellow in the sixth last Thursday which is not according to the rules of the school. He would not let his briches down of a long time but Goodenough said he might either do that or be expelled, so he flogged him and that is what Page never did, and he felt it so much as it was so much the more disgrace because he was so high up in the school; he seemed very much downcast all the evening, and Longlands, the usher of the house he boards at, called him into his room and talked to him about it till he went to bed. He never spoke a word but as the fellow that sleaps in his room thought; went to sleep directly but most likely not for when that fellow awoke about half past six saw some blood upon his pillow but he knew his nose bled frequently so he thought nothing was the matter. He got up at seven and called his companion but he never answered, so he went and touched him; his pillow was streaming with blood. He went and awoke his brother who went to the house keeper and she went to Longlands; he came up directly and found he had made an attempt to stab himself but hit the blow in his arm, besides that he cut his neck in three places which he did with a penknife and after that laid the knife under his pillow and feel down but luckily the bed clothes came up to the wound and stopped the bleeding or else he would certainly have died. Three doctors were sent for; he is getting rather better. This occasion very nearly caused a rebellion. We all hissed Goodenough which put him in a great passion.’

Postscript

An intention was expressed on the part of the T[own]B[oys] of going into mourning for Dr. Page, but Dr. Goodenough considered it would be better not to carry such an intention into effect, under all circumstances, viz the difficulty and inconvenience of every ones getting mourning but yet expressed himself pleased at the compliment paid to so worth a predecessor.

Added August 7th 1821 by G.B. Hansel Prin Opp.

No 23

On Monday September the 13th the Reverend Edmund Goodenough B.D. and student of Christ Church Oxford, was appointed to the Headmastership of Westminster School, vacant by the resignation of the Reverend Dr Page, who was compelled under the visitation of a severe illness to retire from the duties of that situation.

Charles Floyer. Princeps Oppidanus

No 22

On the 27th of July 1819, the annual Cricket Match between the Town Boys and the King Scholars was played in Tothill Fields, when the latter beat by three Runs. The admirable state of the Fields and the good play of each Party aided by a very favourable day, afforded a delightful sight to many Spectators. After the Match a Dinner was as usual held in the Fields to which the Scorers were invited. The names of the players are as follows.

Town Boys Heberden, Allfrey, Berens, Tyler, Williamson, Grant, Kaye, Thorpe, Talbot, Keppel, Rocke

King’s Scholars; Jeffreys, Thomas, Henderson, Hussey, Short, Leader, White, Legge Snr., Legge Jnr., Partington, Wakefield.

Charles Floyer. Princeps Oppidanus.