Friday December 11th
On this day the Eton Eleven made its appearance and a remarkably strong eleven it was. The match soon became a very exciting one but the Etonians seemed to have a great advantage in running as there were very few of our men from whom they could not very soon get clear away. After about an hour’s hard play on both sides, during which time Eton got two games, the elevens dispersed. This was our only defeat this season.
Tuesday the eighth of December was the day appointed for the Harrow match, but as Harrow had broken up they were unable to bring the whole of their own eleven and filled up with some old Harovians from Oxford and Cambridge, and it was said that an Etonian was present also. However that was the result was a very strong eleven which however only succeeded in making a drawn match of it each side getting one game.
On Wednesday 2nd December the Charterhouse Eleven made their appearance Up Fields for the 1st time. It was a miserable day – pouring with rain and so windy that the ball was “out” every minute in spite however of these difficulties the match was a very spirited on. The result of about an hour’s play being that Westminster got two games and Charterhouse 0.
The athletic sports came off on Tuesday & Wednesday the 3rd and 4th of November and though the weather, on the 1st day was, as might have been expected so late in the year, very bad, yet it cleared up on Wednesday & we had a very good day. The mile, which was run on Tuesday, was won by Tomlinson T. B., Lane Q. S. second, & G Dowdeswell T. B. third.
The half mile with hurdles at the end was won by Lane Q. S. The 150 yds flat race by Giles Q. S. who also got the first prize for throwing the cricket ball: & the high jump by Sim Q. S. This last was very good (5 ft 1 ½ inches).
On Wednesday a police band was on the ground & a considerable number of spectators were present.
On my asking Marshall for the public football subscription he said that for the future he could never pay it without seeing the details of the accounts bill that he might know how the money was spent.