No 248

This year finding that the Town Boys were miserably few, being about the same number as the King-Scholars, and that it would be unfair that they should have to pay a bill nearly double that of the K.S. (as it has always been) I spoke to Somerset (the captain) saying that when the T.B.s were flourishing, it was fair that they should pay the larger share, but that now they were on a level with the K.S. It was but just the bills should be equally divided. This he allowed and promised to pay whatever was over from the K.S. After paying his own Bill. He was unable to do this & consequently I was obliged to collect the whole at great trouble & some loss.

Now I should advise future heads of the T.B. To make this proposition next year and should it be refused, which I should think it very improbably, as they cannot deny the justice of it, to go to Williamson and ask him so to arrange it, as I have no doubt he will, for what he said this year.

M.F. Osborn
Prin. Opp.

Note
This was done in 1843. Before Whitsudntide. For particulars see Cricket Ledger of that year.
J. Preston. O.P.

No 247

On Tuesday the 4th of August 1840 the annual grand match between the Town Boys & King’s Scholars was played in which the Town Boys were victorious by 45 runs. Thomas our best fielder was taken ill after dinner, and we were obliged to take in a fellow by chance & out him at a critical place, or we must have beaten them by many more. In consequence of this change many catches on our side were missed in our 2d hands wh. may account for the large number of runs obtained by Prout in his 2d Innings. The day was beautiful & the spectators numerous. There were amongst others Lord Gr Somerset, H.B. Curteis Esq., Rev. G. Andrewes, Sir J. Osborn Bt. &c &c. The dinner this year was provided by Bentley who gave general satisfaction. The following were the players.

Town Boys
W. G. Andrewes
J. Burton
F. Cooper
H.M. Curteis
*E. Deacon
J. Marshall
A. Merewether
M.F. Osborn
N.G. Smart
C. Templer
G. Thomas

Queen Scholars
R. G. Chalk
H. J. Glyn
M. Haggard
H. Ingram
W.L. Merewether
J. A. Ogle
J.F. Prout
L.C. Randolph
C. Roberts
G.R. Somerset
W. Templer

Scorers W. Karslake T.L. Williams

This year the T.B. Went in first.

M.F. Osborn
Prin. Opp.

* Home Boarder
For further particulars vide Cricket Ledger

No 246

On Friday and Monday, July the 24th & 27th 1840 the annual match was played between the Lamprobaticks & the T.B.s who had not played in the Grand Match, in which the Town Boys were victorious by 4 Runs. This triumph was the greater as we had not beaten them in the Lamprobatic match for several years, and they considered it quite a matter of course to be victorious. The following were the players:

T.B.s
*Colquhoun
*Deacon
Glyn
Goodenough
*Hallett
Karslake
Merewether
Marshall Sen
Marshall Jun
*Preston
Smart

K.S.
Cooper
Glyn
Goolden
Haggard
King
Milkshake
Ogle
Roberts
Simpson
Smith
Smythe

This marked with an asterisk are Home Boarders

For particulars of the score &c vide Cricket Ledger

No 245

On Thursday July 2d 1840. The annual Match between the present Westminster and the Mary-le-bone Club was played on our ground when the former were beaten in 1 innings and 61 runs to spare. Hodgson who had left Westminster only a few days played on our side at the request of the Mary-le-bone Club, but instead of getting a large score as he did when at Westminster he was unlucky, having been out of practice. A dinner was provided at 3 o’clock at the fields at the expense of the Mary-le-bone Club. The weather was unfavourable most f the time, & consequently the spectators were few. But there were C.G. Taylor Esq. (the [Supon?] Player) Honbl F. Ponsonby, Col. Lowther & family &c. They had several of their best players but the principal reason of our so severe defeat was that the K.S. Would not practice (except Somerset and another or two) and consequently their fielding was shameful. The following were the players: (for which see next page)

M.C.
B. Aislabie
J. Bastard
W. Bagge
G.F. Bentinck
Hon. Capt. Liddell
Hon. Col. Lowwther
A. Lowther
Capt. Rice R.N.
Ld. Chas. Russell
Capt. Richardson
Hon. A. Saville

Westminster
W.G. Andrews
N.M. Curteis
R.G. Chalk*
H.F. Glyn*
H. Hodgson
N. Ingram*
G. Thomas
W. Merewether*
M.F. Osborn
G. Somerset*
J.G. Prout*

Those marked with an asterisk are K.S.

N.B.
It is to be hoped that next year our eleven will be got together, & will practice earlier & more steadily. It is but justice to say that the Town Boys gave their best attention to it.

M.F. Osborn
Prin. Opp

X For further particulars vide Cricket Ledger

No 244

During the Summer Half (1840) the King’s Scholars challenged us to Play them at Rackets which we of course accepted and selected two from the T.B.s as they did on the part of themselves. Their Players were “Somerset” (Captain); “Merewether”. Ours were “Curteis” & “Osborn”. We played a Rubber & beat them, winning the 1st & 3d games easily. Curteis played particularly well. The K.S. Not being satisfied of their inferiority challenged us a second time, which we agreed to cheerfully. The result was similar, we winning the 2d & 3d games & the Rubber. After this the K.S. Challenged us no more.

M.F. Osborn
Prin Opp

No 243

When we came back after the Whitsuntide holidays, there having been some rain, and as we were going to play the Marylebone Club &c Beatley hired a heavy roller with a couple of horses to improve the ground where we were going to play the match. The expense was defrayed by a voluntary subscription of the T.B. & K.S. of 15d each.

M.F. Osborn
Prin Opp

No 241

This year, (1840) The Etonians sent us a challenge to row them from Westminster to Putney. Although the crew was not so good as it was the last time we were prevented from rowing them, yet we wished for the race. Knowing however, by past experience, that it was useless to attempt the race without Williamson’s consent, Richards, our stroke, went off to obtain it. Being however refused, and two of the crew leaving unexpectedly, we were obliged to send an answer to Eton to say that several reasons (which were mentioned) prevented us from rowing them at the time they mentioned, but offering to do so in our holidays. This however, they declined, and the match was therefore broken off.

The eight was then as follows:

Glyn QS
Prout QS
Byron TB
Curteis TB
Hodgson TB
Beasley TB
Greenlaw QS
Richards QS stroke


Osborn TB Steerer


M.F. Osborn
Prin Opp

No 240

On the “Chairing day” before Whitsuntide, 1840, an event occurred, which, as it maybe useful or entertaining to those who may hereafter read this Ledger, I have thought right to notice.  Mr Bentall, usher of the fifth, who, either deservedly or not, had been for some time past very unpopular amongst the fellows in general, having been hissed for some years past on the same occasion, and fearing a repetition of it this year, asked Williamson to use his authority in order to prevent it.  In consequence, on the afternoon of that day Williamson (with Bentall), happening to meet several TBs and KSs walking down to the water, stopped them and gave public notice, that whoever hissed, or caused to hiss, Bentall, would be immediately expelled.  Upon this, the fellows, who, had not before much idea of hissing, gave it up, as it was thought, entirely.  The first and second rounds, none, or hardly any, hissing took place; and the fellows only laughed at him, as he was standing at the window.  The third round, however, Lambard and Ogle, 2 third election fellows, with Merewether and Cocks, 2 second election, either heated with wine, or from some other cause, hissed and abused him for some time as loud as possible.  Bentall, who of course distinctly saw them, called them all in to his house, and declared his intention of showing their names up to Williamson.  He also called in Richards, a senior and some others, saying that they ought not to have allowed the fellows to hiss him.

At first some fears were entertained for the fellows, but on going into school next morning; it was only supposed that they would have a heavy imposition.  Immediately after prayers, however, Williamson called up Ogle and Lambard, charged them with hissing, and abusing Bentall; and ended by sending for the monitor in order to flog them.  Upon ordering Ogle (as first in his election) to take off his college waistcoat &c he refused, not wishing to cast such disgrace on his election.  Lambard followed his example, notwithstanding they were urged to the contrary by Williamson, on account of their being on the foundation.  They continued to refuse and were in form expelled by Williamson from school he hitting them both across their shoulders with the rod, as they were walking down!  The fellows of course were much astonished, being taken by surprise, though, after the public notice that Williamson had given the evening before, it must be confessed that it was not much a matter of surprise.  Ogle, however, was sent back by his father to receive, unavoidably, a flogging.  Williamson nevertheless, denying the same privilege to Lambard, (if indeed he had been so inclined), alledging his previous bad character as a reason. Merewether and Cocks, being under elections, were flogged.

It is much to be regretted that the fellows should have been induced to hiss Bentall as passing by his windows in silent contempt (if he deserved it) in contrast to the cheers which they bestowed on Grant’s would have annoyed him quite as much as any noisy mark of disapprobation and it is to be lamented that they did not consider that in its present alarmingly low state; Westminster could ill bear their expulsion.  It ought to be mentioned that the year before, some fellows that hissed Bentall had only 150 lines to learn.  The difference of the punishments, may be accounted for by the notice which Williamson gave on the previous afternoon.

M.F. Osborn Prin. Opp.