This day Au 5th was the annual Town Boy and Queen Scholar match which ended in favour of the latter by 17 runs. For further particulars see Cricket Ledger. The following are the names of the Players on the Town Boy side.
Hon E. Bourke
R. B. Berens Prin. Opp.
I have not given any account of the “water” in this book as there is a book kept on purpose by the head of Water (Wright) where no doubt all races may be found.
May 13th 1852
John Ayton Whitaker
The subjects for the Examination this year in the 6th form are:
Horace, Odes, Book III & IV
Cicero, In Caecilium Divinatio
Demosthenes, Speech against Meidias
History, Grecian and Roman
Paley’s Natural Theology, Vol. III
H.R.H. Prince Albert came down to the Abbey on the 6th of May. The masters and boys received him as he came out, forming a line from Jerusalem Chamber to his carriage at the archway.
Liddell thought it right to abuse the “eight” & keep them off the water from the 27 April to the 15 May for only having breakfast at Shottons.
At the “chairing” of the Head M.C. or liberty boy, there was a strong wish on the part of some to cut Weare, to show that they did not approve of this his conduct; it was attempted but through the better feelings of others was prevented.
The Silver Racket was played for at the end of March & won by Armitstead Q.S. He at took it last year also.
Today being the 17th of March, St Patrick’s Day, we had an early Play; the Eight had leave on the water till 5 o’clock (the regular water order was not out). They went on in their new boat for the first time.
The subject for the Prize Verses this year was “California” & for the Latin Essay, “The Roman Republic Reformed by Sulla.”
Today being the 1st of March we had as usual an early play. The absurd practice of “ditch leaping” was not observed this year.
J. A. Whitaker