No 330

It was currently reported all the half that Williamson was about to leave & so it proved, which he first made public at the Westr dinner. He gave us his reasons that the low state of the school & he said some seemed to think he was in the way of its rising and as great changes in College were about to take place he thought it would be best to retire & give them a fair chance with a new head Master, his resignation was received and he bade us a final (as master) adieu on the last day of the term.

C.F.L West OP

No 328

The Etonians being anxious to regain their lost laurels of last year sent us a friendly chalenge to row them again this year which we readily accepted, and having obtained Williamson’s leave which he kindly gave us very readily we commenced training under our old friend Noulton and after several attempts ineffectual to fix the day it was at length fixed for the _
We rowed in the same boat as last year & over the same course which the Etonians at first objected to, but as we yielded the day they did the course. We again won the toss and took the Putney side as we raced from that place to Barkers rails. The Echo was engaged to accompany us with our friends but came very short of that as they only saw us to Hammersmith Bridge our crew consisted this year of
Barker QS
Parratt BB
Williams QS
Smart QS
West TB
Robertson QS
Upperton QS
Rich (stroke) QS
Barton (cox) QS
We started very evenly they had the start however if any difference was between us we however drew ahead & at Hammersmith Bridge were clean ahead & rather gained till we eventually won by several boats lengths. This victory was the more pleasing for us as it made the matches between us even, both having won four there were at that time more than 700 in Eton and about 80 in Westminster making the victory state doubly great. For further particulars see Water Ledger

C.F.L West

No 325

I am sorry to be here obliged to state that after a series of rows and bad feeling & conduct of some of the fellows, 1 of the Seniors was publicly expelled for his share viz. Goodenough the Captain. The af[f]air was well known, & shewed up to Sir R Peel & others in authority although not calculated to improve the school in character or the eyes of the world, yet has been the cause of many changes which I hope & think will be for its welfare.

C.F.L West