From Whitsuntide until August, the school underwent considerable alterations. The old Shell was pulled down, & the French Room was thrown into the Large School-room, thereby making a magnificent room, although it is doubtful if it is not too dearly obtained by the loss of the old Shell. The alterations were carried on under the superintendence of Mr Gilbert Scott, the celebrated architect. Dr Scott’s chair was removed to the top of the school, & James took his (Scott’s) former place, at the side of school. Behind Scott’s chair a reredos is to be erected, but of what shape is not yet decided.