Soon after the Bartholomewtide Holidays a fellow by name G.O. Edwards, being detected smoking in a Tobacconists shop by Williamson, he was accordingly put down 4 places in his Election, & also received a long imposition. Several other instances have late by occurred; the first on record is, I believe, No 103 of this Ledger. G.O. Edwards was however restored after Xmas 1844.
It is usual when any of the Royal Family die, or any of the Masters of Westminster; as has long been the custom, to defer the play untill the following year. But although the Duke of Sussex died this year before Whitsundtide, the Play (Phormio) was prepared as usual – and acted extremely well.
Nov.13th 1843 J. Preston
The T.B. could at this time be included within 48 about 17 of whom were under School!
Nov 9th being the birthday of the Prince of Wales a holiday was generally expected, & one was given – But – There were to be Lock hours between 10 & 11 o’clock in the morning inclusive; also between 2 & 5 as usual; & by way of a compensation no leave out was granted. Myself and another T.B., or so, formed the only exceptions.
In consequence of the marriage of the Princess Augusta of Cambridge with the Duke of Mecklenburgh Strelitz; the event added a week to the Bartholomewtide holidays.
It having been for some time in contemplation to abolish the breeches of the Q.S. & to institute trousers in their place an order to that effect was after Whitsuntide issued by Dr Turton Dean of Westminster. The colours specified were, as I understood any thing between black & white but this was of course supposed to include all colours, at least by the Q.S.
The race referred to over leaf came off on Aug 1t 1843 in which Westminster was beaten for particulars see Water Ledger
J. Preston Prin. Opp.
The following was the list of the Sixth after Whitsuntide 1843 –
Those marked with a * are Home Boarders
Conf. No 15 of this Ledger No 2 & No 28
In consequence of the birth of a Princess April 25th the Doctor gave us an early Play on the 27th.
The Queen Scholar and Town Boy Heads of the Water having proposed a race between the Town Boys (in the 5th and 4th) and the Minor Candidates it was arranged that they should race in the heavy 4 oared boats belonging to each from Vauxhall to Battersea. The Townboys were victorious by a great deal, but it being resolved that another trial should be made they again raced from West. Bridge to Battersea and the result was as before in favour of the Townboys: The crews of the 2 boats were as follows:
Goodenough jun. Stroke
Rich jun. Stroke