The subject of Dean’s Verses this year was “Nelson” that of the Epigrams “Alius idemque nasatur” on which subject no epigrams were composed. See 286.
A servant at Grant’s (by name Henry Gillingham) having secreted a Racquet from L.A. Cramer G.S. then a senior for a considerable time (nearly 2 months) he one day offered it to me, & afterwards to another T.B. in his own name for sale; saying it was his own & naming 5 Shillings as the specified price. It was clear that the Racquet was one of Mc Pherson’s manufacture, & therefore it was quite certain that he could not come by it honestly.
It was not at this time known, to whom it properly belonged for the name (S Swabey) was carefully eradicated. This affair soon got wind and within 6 hours after the Racquet was forcibly restored to the persons who identified it as belonging to L.A. Cramer and finally to himself; and by way of making him careful of again appropriating another persons property he duly underwent the cold water cure at the Deans Yard Pump, as a memorable example to all his successors.
The List of the Sixth after Xmas 1844 was
G. Gillett *
E. Colquhoun *
G. Andrewes *
T. Grahame *
B. Arnold *
Soon after the Bartholomewtide Holidays a fellow by name G.O. Edwards, being detected smoking in a Tobacconists shop by Williamson, he was accordingly put down 4 places in his Election, & also received a long imposition. Several other instances have late by occurred; the first on record is, I believe, No 103 of this Ledger. G.O. Edwards was however restored after Xmas 1844.
It is usual when any of the Royal Family die, or any of the Masters of Westminster; as has long been the custom, to defer the play untill the following year. But although the Duke of Sussex died this year before Whitsundtide, the Play (Phormio) was prepared as usual – and acted extremely well.
Nov.13th 1843 J. Preston
The T.B. could at this time be included within 48 about 17 of whom were under School!
Nov 9th being the birthday of the Prince of Wales a holiday was generally expected, & one was given – But – There were to be Lock hours between 10 & 11 o’clock in the morning inclusive; also between 2 & 5 as usual; & by way of a compensation no leave out was granted. Myself and another T.B., or so, formed the only exceptions.
In consequence of the marriage of the Princess Augusta of Cambridge with the Duke of Mecklenburgh Strelitz; the event added a week to the Bartholomewtide holidays.
It having been for some time in contemplation to abolish the breeches of the Q.S. & to institute trousers in their place an order to that effect was after Whitsuntide issued by Dr Turton Dean of Westminster. The colours specified were, as I understood any thing between black & white but this was of course supposed to include all colours, at least by the Q.S.
The race referred to over leaf came off on Aug 1t 1843 in which Westminster was beaten for particulars see Water Ledger
J. Preston Prin. Opp.