No 191*

After the second play Williamson sent for Hotham and told him that he understood that he had requested Mr Hudson to ask his Majesty to give us an extra week’s holydays, at the same time that his attendance at the play was requested, and as the King has accordingly desired that an extra week might be given he should not allow Hotham to act on the third night, in having what Williamson called the impudence to make such a request.

Added by Somerton H.B.

No 191

One of the Seniors, Hotham, having written to Mr Hudson, a gentleman attached to the King’s household and formerly at Westminster, to be, that if he had an opportunity, he would request the King to attend the representation of the Adelphi, he accordingly made the desired application to his Majesty who in the most gracious manner answered, that he should have been most happy to accept the invitation of Mr Hotham, but that his indisposition prevented him from coming; this was communicated to the Dean by Sir Herbert Taylor in a letter, upon which Williamson immediately sent for Hotham and told him, that he considered his conduct had been most impertinent in writing to Hudson, without either his or the Dean’s knowledge, and said that as a punishment he should not allow him to act in the two remaining nights, this transaction having occurred after the first play.  Williamson however, most likely fearing there would be an uproar on this account on the nights in question, sent for Hotham again on the following day, and said he rather supposed that the application to the King had been made by others, before Hotham wrote, and that therefore he should allow him to act, but set him 400 lines to learn by heart.  Any comments on this conduct are quite unnecessary, it is in strict accordance with all Dr Williamson’s other actions, when he meddles in these sort of affairs, for what Hotham chose to write in a private letter to a friend could not possibly by any business of Williamson’s.

Somerton H.B.

No 189

The list of the sixth at Xmas 1836 was a follows

* Mackenzie
* Lee
* Turner
Ld Somerton
* Merewether
* Jermyn

Those marked * are Home Boarders

It should have been stated before that after the last Whitsuntide Holydays L. Woolcombe Esq was appointed Usher in the room of the Revd E A Smedley who was appointed to the living of Chesterton in Cambridgeshire

Added by Somerton H.B.

No 188

Having often heard the following admitted as rules by former heads, and other fellows; but not finding them written in this book, I think it right to place them here. First –

“That when a head of the T.B. has, (from being placed high in the school) not been here long enough to know the usual rules; the one who stands next in the sixth may be appointed in his place provided the same defect is not against him __*

That when a steerer is put out of the 8 (from his being over weight, or any other cause) by the mutual consent of the boat, he shall not be liable to be sent on in any other boat; and shall enjoy the same privilege as the regular steerer.

B.G. Astley

* I have thought it right, with consent and approbation of the rest of the sixth to add the following words to this rule
“and provided also that the rest of the boarders in the sixth form do approve of such appointment.”

Somerton H.B.

No 187*

June 1836

A race for a trifling sweepstake was got up among the T.B. it was run over Battersea fields the distance was about a mile with 7 leaps in it, the following fellows started


Astley won. Whittaker being second and Merewether third.

A race was also got up this month between the following boats two pair of sculls in each boat.

Howard Vialls
Somerton Vincent
Astley Tritton Junr
Merewether Forester

This race in consequence of a dispute did not come off.

Added by Somerton

No 186*

A match was played in Tothill Fields on Thursday August 9th 1836 between the present Westminsters and the Old Westminsters, the present Westminster won with wickets to go down.

Old Westminsters

Honble Col. Lowther
C. Page
*Ld Paget

Present Westminsters

Ld. Somerton
Smith Junr.

*Paget was a present Westminster taken in to make up the team.

Added by Somerton H.B.