The list of the Sixth form after Xmas 1841 stood thus.
Karslake soon after was put in the 7th as a reward for his examination & where he remained about 3 or 4 months till he left.
W.G. Andrewes Prin. Opp.
On the 8th of September 1841 George Preston (who had been under Master for many years as well as usher) died suddenly! He was succeeded by the Revd T.W. Weare of Ch. Ch. Oxford who was elected from Westminster about
11 9 years before.
A neat tablet was put up in the Cloisters by permission of the Dean & Chapter, by a voluntary subscription of the T.B. & Q.S. Of £1 each. The tablet however only cost £26 & part of the money was returned to each subscriber. The Latin inscription was written by Williamson, the head master.
W.G. Andrewes Prin. Opp.
On Tuesday August 3rd the annual match between TBs and KSs was played in Vincent Square in which the TBs were defeated by 51 runs. Eight of the QS eleven however were in the eleven & therefore had much the advantage over us. Besides we were deprived of the services of Deacon one of our best men, who was unavoidably kept away by illness. The play however, on both sides was very good. The day was beautiful and the spectators numerous.
The following were the players:
J Preston Senr
R. Preston Junr
For particulars vide Cricket Ledger
This year a very good thing was done in cutting down the match dinner from 1/5s to 12s -, & though I like a good dinner as much has any one, yet I think it perfect nonsense to have champagne &c at a cricket dinner. For no one can drink much champagne & play at Cricket properly afterwards.
On Monday July 12th & following days a match at cricket was played between the first and last half of the alphabet i.e. First A-M, last the rest. The first half was beaten with 6 wickets to go down. A return match was begun but owing to a good many fellows not being able to play it was not finished. As far as could be judged however the last half had much the best of it.
This year Eton did not send us any challenge to row them. Probably they did not challenge us because there was a great deal of scarlet fever in the school, which must have greatly hindered their rowing. Roberts had just built us a beautiful new boat, suited to our strength. And people who had seen the Etonian crew, allowed that we should have had a very good chance with them.
The eight was then as follows:
Prout Stroke QS
Hallet steerer TB
On Friday & Monday July 23rd & July 26th the annual Lamprobatick match took place. To which TB were defeated in one innings. On the TB side one of the best men was absent from illness. For particulars see Cricket Ledger.
On Tuesday June 29th 1841 the annual match between the present Westminsters and the Mary-le-bone club took place at Vincent Square. The day was showery but notwithstanding the game was kept up with great spirit on both sides. Unfortunately 3 of our best men were unavoidably absent, one however came at the latter part of the game and was of great service. Three of the Mary le Bone men were wanting, so they had 3 of our men instead. The spectators were not very numerous owning to the unfavourable state of the weather. The Marylebone beat us with 10 wickets to go down, which was not so bad, considering that 3 of our best men were absent. Of particulars see Cricket Ledger.
Monday June 28th was an early play for the coronation. But Williamson, at the request of the Captain, made it a holy day, & Tuesday being a Saints day, there was leave out on both Monday & Tuesday
The subject for Dean’s Verses this year was “Emigration”.
This Christmas (1840) the Sixth Dinner was again omitted from the same lamentable cause as the preceding year. And indeed in the present aspect of things it seems probably that this obstacle will last for some time.