No 564

The Westminster and Eton Race is again a reality. It was rowed this evening Aug 3rd from Putney Bridge to the end of Chiswick Eyot and although Westminster did all that Westminster could do one was obliged to succumb to the superior weight of the […]. The Etonians had a splendid crew much older and heavier than Westminster (this averaged 8 1/8lbs heavier). They rowed in splendid style. We were beat by 50 seconds. Westminster taking the lead about a quarter of a length at first when Eton went ahead and Westminster rowed a hard and plucky stern race the rest of the way. We had not been in out racing boats long enough, while Eton had always been accustomed to row in the boat they raced in. It would be better if the first eight for the future always rowed in an outrigger as the race is to be continued. We must hope for better luck next time, therefore we pride ourselves on the fact that the Westminster stroke was acknowledged the best oar in the […] by both Westminsters and Etonians and rowed most pluckily all through the race. The Etonians would not dine after the race as the Head Masters of Eton and Westminster wished to limit the number of guests invited to the dinner, which the Eton crew “voted out”. So we had dinner by ourselves at Putney.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 563

The Town Boys were well up in the games for Wooden and Silver Rackets. The Silver was won by Marshall Q.S the last game being between him and Bull TB. Foster played with Marshall and having had no practice got one game out of the three. The Wooden was won by Foster TB the last game being between him and Swale T.B.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 562

At the beginning of this half we played the Town Boy & Q.S. match at football up fields. We began on the Wednesday and played a most determined game for two hours, without either side getting a game: though I think the T.Bs had the best of it. We went on with it on the next Tuesday which was a Sts Day and played for another two hours in which T.Bs decidedly got the best of it in getting one game obtained by myself. Though we were all rather done up it was agreed to go on with it the next day (Wednesday). But when the time came the Q.S. refused to play and as several T.Bs had already gone up to fields we were […] indignant and said if they did not play then we would not play again and so the match was never continued. There is very little doubt that the T.Bs would have licked and they fairly considered this match as theirs, it having been played for 4 hours, T.Bs 1 game Q.Ss 0.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 561

At last we have got the Eton race. I went to Scott today and he said he would let us row under certain conditions which he afterwards told me this that he and Goodford (Head Master of Eton) should each choose an umpire and that the Umpires should choose to referee. Also that there should be certain restrictions as to the length of course, moreover that their eight should undergo a medical examination. I went to Eton informing them of what had taken place. And we now wait until the umpires are chosen when I hope all will be satisfactorily decided.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 559

At the beginning of this half (after hours) I received a note from Eton asking us to row them. Chapman and I went to Scott for permission and were refused on the grounds that Williamson and Liddell both has said that it disorganised the school. We waited some time and today (Fri 29th) Salwey and I went again and after arguing the matter for nearly an hour met most of his arguments and he is now considering the matter. There is every hope we shall get the race soon.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 557

We were surprised one night this half by being called in before Scott and Marshall and questioned as to the immorality of the school in general and College in particular. After leaving us Scott proceeded to Weare’s, having previously been to Rego’s, where he remained till 3 o’clock in morning investigating. All the Q.Ss were kept up in Upper and Under Election Rooms, Bowing and Joyce remaining with them to prevent communication. In the morning very few Q.Ss appeared in School and at 9, 17 Q.Ss went to College Hall to be reprimanded or have sentences passed by the Deans. Five seniors were sent away (Pratt, O’Brien, Stainhope, Henderson and Upperton). And 4 Q.Ss and one T.B rusticated till Lent Whitsmuntide (Mackey, Balfour, Walker, Maurice, and Parker TB). Eleven of 12 others were operated on in the library. We had hopes that this would not stop the play but they did not last long for Scott soon told us that there would be none. Not long after this news Scott informed us that in consequence of an anonymous letter which he had received stating that “some scholars were in the habit of frequenting the Westminster Tavern for the purpose of playing billiards”, that he did not intend to investigate further but for the future no one was to go out of Deans Yard except to Ginger’s, Sutcliff’s, […] after dinner.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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