No. 40

‘The Fours’ were rowed on Wednesday Ap. 24. Four crews trained for the exeat but only 3 came to the scratch. The names are as follows:

Bow. Williams

2 Hunt

3 Lane

St. Oldman

Cox. J Chapman


Bow. Vidal

2 Pownal

3 Harley

St. Trevor

Cox H Walker


Bow. Heath

2 Whittaker

3 Harrrisson

St. Tomlinson

Cox. Neile


Bow. McEwan

2 Barnes

3 Ellison

St. Nichols

Cox. T Chapman


Nicholl’s crew unfortunately had to scratch before the day, Barnes & McEwan being out of school. The race was one of the best ever witnessed, as far as the Old Swan (the course being from Battersea to Putney Bridge) they were all almost as close together as at the start. At the railway bridge Oldman was leading by half a length. Trevor & Tomlinson being close together. Oldman increased his lead till he won by three lengths, Tomlinson being about the same distance behind Trevor.

E. R. Dowdeswell

Prin. Opp.


No. 39

April 1863

The subjects for the examination of the VIth at Whitsuntide are as follows.

Thucydides. Lib. Δ

Sophocles. Ajax.

Cicero’s 2nd Philippic

Lucretius. ‘De rerum naturæ’ Lib V

Greek testament. Epistle to the Hebrews.

Butlers Analogy. Part I

Arnold’s Rome Vol. iii

Composition. Mathematics. French.

Homer, Iliad. XIII-XVIII

Virgil. Aeneid. I-VI

No. 38

I have copied Scott’s rules almost word for word, only changing such words as are offensive to a Westminster’s ears such as “head of a house” instead of “Captain” as he had written it, & “picking up” instead of “picking up balls at the fives court”. N. B. The Rules in his own handwriting with his signature affixed are in the box with the former ones of the same kind.

At a meeting of Townboys in the VIth L Remove & Upper Elections the following resolutions were proposed and agreed to. (Phillimore in the chair). By Dowdeswell (Prin. Opp.). That

  1. Town Boys in the Sixth & Upper Division of the Remove only have the power of fagging.
  2. That Townboys in the Under Division of the Remove & the Upper Shell are exempt from fagging but have no power to fag; except in the case of a boy who is head of a house.
  3. That no boys above the under Vth Form nor any in the first eleven of cricket or football, or in the eight, be liable to be called to pick up – (by Besly QS).

These rules have been made under the following circumstances. When the extra form (the Under Remove) was made (vid. article in this ledger) it was never properly decided whether the Under Remove were to be considered equal with the Upper, & in consequence have the priviledge of fagging.

Well – As long as there were big fellows in the form it was all very well, & no one cared to moot the question, but this half year there is but one big fellow & he is going into College at Whitsuntide. Now the question was, whether it was better for the school that the little fellows should fag who could not maintain their authority, & that a minor candidate should fag who would himself be fagged, during the next year as a junior. The meeting decided in the negative and drew up some rules; wh. with Scott’s modifications I have inserted above. No 3. was thought necessary because, on the Under Remove being small, all the forms were of course put up a step, the old Upper Shell becoming Under Remove, & Under Shell, upper &c. The consequence of this was of course to upset the working of Scott’s former rules (vid. art. 569 in the old ledger) wherein he forbids any boy above the Upper IVth to be called to pick up. But those who were then called the Upper IVth are now named Under Vth, & thus a whole form (nearly 20 fellows) become exempt from picking up, wh. was quite contrary to the spirit of the rules. I proposed the clause about the eleven & eight being exempt from picking up because (as will be seen by looking back to the above mentioned article) the whole question about picking up was raised by a fellow in the eleven being tanned for refusing to pick up. Some people say that I have not stuck up sufficiently for the T. B. in this matter, but I have done what I thought my duty in keeping things as they were, never, since the School began, have more than two forms fagged among the Town Boys, & I do not see why it should be broken through now, when we are only 130 strong. As to my taking away the Under Remove’s priviledges I say, that though their fagging was winded at it was never formally acknowledged, & therefore could not be taken away.

E. R. Dowdeswell

Prin. Opp.

No. 37

In honour of the Princess Alexandra of Denmark’s arrival in London Scott has given us an early play on Saturday to see the procession. Leave out has also been given from Tuesday at 12.30 till 10am on Wednesday morning, to see the illuminations. Leave will be given to those who are unlucky enough not to get an invitation, till 11pm.

E. R. Dowdeswell

Prin. Opp.


No. 34

The play this year was ‘Andria’. The acting was pronounced to be first-rate by all the Old Westminster enties. The characters were as follows:

Simo = N. Bosanquet

Sosia = A. Downie

Davus = G. T. O’Brien

Mysis = J. M. Yates

Pamphilus = W. Phillimore

Charinus = A. Stewart

Byrrhia = N. Egerton

Lesbia = A. Winter

Chremes = J. Chepmell

Crito = G. Bonney

Dromeo = G. Pember


Servi Semonis = A. Mure, C. Biscoe

Bosanquet, O’Brien, Stewart were especially to be praised. The cap was very ball.

E. R. Dowdeswell

Prin. Opp.

No 33

On the following Friday the Eton eleven came down. They played hard for more than [an] hour without any success on either side, till a length just as they were going to finish, one of the Eton men (Lyttleton) was thrown heavily. He fell with his arm twisted under him and was helped up with a broken arm. A doctor was luckily on the ground, who bandaged it up temporarily then advised his immediate removal to the hospital. It seems, that the poor fellow has broken the small bone of the arm, which, though not as bad as the main one, is sufficient to keep his arm in a sling for some time to come. I can only add that the game was immediately stopped; that we (the Westminsters) were unutterably grieved at this accident, it is unnecessary to say. The pain must have been awful, but he bore it like a trump, and was not heard to utter a single complaint. I must not close this article without saying how pluckily and well our eleven played. There was not one under the mark. Everyone did his best, and I think the Etonians did the same. I don’t think an accident of the kind has ever occurred before at Westminster. At any rate not within the memory of any of the Old Westminsters who were looking on at the time. However it can’t be helped, accidents will happen, and I am sure that in this case, if it was nothing more than a pure accident, it was a bona fide ‘Spill’ shoulder to shoulder. No tripping up, or pushing. I hope Eton will come down next year. When we will show them again that we don’t mean them to consider themselves invincible. This match was a great improvement on last year’s, and those next year’s will improve on this, and that we shall lick Eton at football, and on the water.

E.R. Dowdeswell

Prin. Opp.

No 32

On Tuesday the 9th of December, the Harrow eleven again appeared up fields to play us at football. After about an hour’s play, in which neither side kicked a game, the two elevens dispersed, the Harrow men hurrying off to the train, our men to the bat room to spend the next hour, till lockhours, among old Westminsters and friends.

No 30

Scott handed a fellow the other day for his imprudence to a master & on caning him in the Library expressed a wish (in my absence) that the Q.S.S. would look after the discipline of the Townboys a little better. On the strength of this O’Brien, head monitor, sent for the fellow who had been tanned & told him that if it happened again he should tan him up school. This I could not stand. So, as they seemed determined to stick to what they said, we went to Scott & laid the case before him. He seemed to think it very trivial & said his words had been somewhat misunderstood. That a monitor had a perfect right to tan a town boy, for break of discipline, indecency, or lying, but always with the full consent of the head town boy. Phillimore (the captain) waged that if VIth T.B.s might tan, seconds could also, since they ranked about town boys, but Scott said that his meaning was that there should always be more than one boy in authority among the town boys, adding that if there were as many T.Bs as Q.Ss in the VIth he should limit power to the first 4 town boys. So we altogether came off victorious, since no Q.S. may tan without the head town boy’s leave, & the precaution concerning the seniors & VIth T.B. is put to rest forever.

 E.R. Dowdeswell

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