No 467

Liddell’s second son died on Sunday the 4th of December, & consequently he was out of school for nearly a week. Mrs Liddell who happened to be at Brighton for her health came back to London directly. Roe and the other monitors went of Liddell’s House soon after and said that on account of his loss and Mrs Liddell’s indisposition, which of course would be considerably increased by her anxiety and trouble, and therefore would be wholly incapacitated from attending to the Play Dresses, they would rather not act this year. Liddell however very kindly said that he would attend their rehearsals if they would like that the Play should not be stopped, to which proposal they very purposely declared they would not consent.

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No 465

It has been Liddell’s intention for some time to have a Public Library formed, like most of the other public Schools, and in consequence of his having a certain sum of money, about 50£, in hand, which he had saved from the yearly subscription of his own house, towards their house library, he very profoundly thought that he might with some of this begin to carry out his intentions. His plan at first was that all the other house libraries should be brought into one, but Marshall would not hear of his own being interfered with, so he was obliged to give up that idea. He told us the other morning that he should leave it in our hands as far as appointing a Committee goes, and a Chairman or President, but that there should always be the same number of Town boys & Queen Scholars as members of the committee. The Queen Scholars were to be chosen out of those in the Sixth, without any difference with regard to selection, and the Town boys out of those who happened to be in the Sixth form also. We accordingly set to work immediately and having chosen a Committee consisting of The Town boys in the Sixth, Lane, Gray, Southey, Skipworth, & Morton (B.B.), & 5 Q.S. Laurie, Wilson, Edwards, Wodehouse, Dickson. Of course the first next thing was the President selection of a President, concerning which there was considerable trouble, because the votes for Morton & Laurie were always equal, so at last the drew for it and Laurie won it; His secretary was also elected in the person of Gray, & the Librarian Dickson was unanimously chosen. We then had to make certain rules concerning fines for spoiling books + sundry other things which may be seen in the Leger kept by the Secretary. We also made out a list of books which were approved of by all Committee and showed it, with the rules, to Liddell, which with some alterations he gave his approbation to. Liddell got the books for us and they were placed in the Library but on account it being so near the end of the half there are to be none given out until we come from the holidays.

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No 457

Liddell called us into the Library the other morning before breakfast together with the Monitors to let us know the real statistics of an occurrence which had come to his ears through the medium of James. It appeared that some 4 or 5 small Town Boys in the Fourth had persuaded several of their companions to enter upon a speculation in which they told them they were sure to win money and also that they would not be true Westminsters if they did not gamble; a great deal many came out after a long series of crop examinations, they were all swiftly reprimanded by Liddell, the older ones for being such dupes, and the younger ones who were flogged.

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