The Dean with unaccustomed generosity last year (1838) paved our racket court, which has since proved of the greatest advantage.
F Byron Prin. Opp.
*This ought to have been inserted some few pages back, but it is an oversight of no great consequence.
The List of Sixth at Xmas 1838 was as follows; and it is to be regretted that it was so unusually small.
M. Osborn (5)
The one marked * was a Home Boarder
F Byron H.B.
His Royal Highness prevailed upon Dr Williamson to give us one extra week’s holydays at Xmas
F Byron H.B.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge honoured the College Play with his presence on the 3rd night the 18th of December
On the 12th of December, being the 2nd play night, the annual sixth dinner was held, after a lapse of 2 years, at the Café de L’Europe in the Haymarket. It was very well served up and pretty moderate as to price, so as to give general satisfaction. So few were the sixth numbers that it was found desirable to dine with the Upper Shell of whom 2 attended viz Curteis and Smith
F. Byron was President
A. Pollock (Home Boarder) vice-President
Added by F Byron
In consequence of the Etonians having been defeated last year at Datchet Bridge they again challenged us to row them. The preliminaries having been all settled at the Eton Montem by the respective Heads of the Water, it was agreed by both parties that the Race should take place Tuesday July 31st (the Match day) the Etonians breaking up on the Monday preceding… It was also agreed that the intended Race should be kept a profound secret as Williamson was known to be hostile to Boat racing. Notwithstanding all our caution a paragraph appeared in the Bell’s Life Newspaper stating that “A match was to be rowing between Eton and Westminster from Westminster Bridge to Putney July 31st and by this or some other means our Purpose became known to Williamson. In the 1st School on Monday morning Williamson sent for the Captain and told him he understood that it was our intention to row the following day and as it was contrary to all Rules of the School he must insist on our giving a pledge not to row or that he must take his own measures to stop it. Upon the Captain’s refusal to give any such pledge he immediately commenced proceedings by stopping the early play for the next day (the Match day) and by ordering the Q.S. to be locked up at ¼ before 7. During 6th lesson on Tuesday he told us (the 6th) that we must attend a Mathematical lecture in School from 11 ½ to 1 and again from 5 till 7 after afternoon lockers. However, in the course of some conversation with him it was discovered that the pledge required was only “not to row on the match day” which pledge was accordingly given and therefore we conceived ourselves at liberty to row that evening. However during lockers Williamson sent for the head of the T.B. and the Captain and told them that any boy who rowed in a match with Eton would be severely punished. But the Eight being determined at all hazards to row at 5 o clock sallied forth. But unfortunately 3 of the crew having to go to Williamson to say some imposition he took this advantage to detain 2 of them there till far too late to think of rowing this added to the circumstance that the Fathers of 2 of the crew came down to Westminster during the afternoon and expressly forbid their sons to row in the match entirely broke up the Crew. But determined not to disappoint the Etonians we offered to make up the boat again and row them which they very generously refused saying that it would be no honour then for them to beat us. Betting was 6 to 4 on the Westminsters. The Crew was as follows –
Maule – Steerer
For further particulars vide Water Ledger
The Annual Match between Q.S. and T.B. took place, Thursday Aug. 2nd in which the Q.S. were defeated by 49 runs for which vide Cricket Ledger
On Monday July 23rd the annual Lamprobatic match was played in which the Q.S. won easy in 1 innings for which also vide Cricket Ledger
This year a match was played between the North and South in which the former were victorious by 26 runs for which vide Cricket Ledger
In consequence of the Coronation, Her Majesty was graciously pleased to command another week to be added to the Bartholomewtide Holidays