No 321

Some of the choristers who were in the school having been hit & kicked by some of the QS for not stopping the ball well in green and the organist J. Turle having shown up to Dr Williamson he expressed his wish to me that they should not be obliged to go into the green and the next day as Head-master said he thought it would be best for them not to go in at all.

C.F.L West

No 320

Another case of cold water cure happened about this time a ’sci having been seen to lend a boat the green and cut[t]er it was seen by a 4th Town boy to come out with something in his hand which afterwards turned out to be a pair of shoes belonging to one of the senior QSs, being known by sight. When he next made his appearance in Deans Yard he met with rather a cool reception, being forcibly held under the pump, pumped upon, and then ejected with sundry kicks from the yard.

C.F.L West O.P.

No 319

A misunderstanding having arisen in the School as to whether W. Green was to be considered head Town-boy because, although he had entered the sixth previous to me I had taken him in the next examination, Green & myself looked carefully over the Ledger and finding it was not without a precedent, it was agreed that I was properly entitled to be considered Head Town-boy.

C.F.L West O.P.

I have understood now from the Masters as well that the Head TB being a boarder is head also of the HB

C.F.L West

No 314

Tuesday July 29th 1845 was marked by an event which I feel sure will be remembered, after what passed last year, with sincere pleasure by every Westminster as long as the School shall exist. I mean the Boat Race between Eton & Westminster which took place on that day & terminated in favour of the latter by 65 seconds. The following account may perhaps be admissible here.

At 111/2 A.M the “Echo” Steamer left Chandler’s Pier filled with the friends of either Crew & reached its destination Barker’s Rails nr Kew Bridge at 11/2 P.M or rather more, from which place we were to start & after a little waiting the Etonian Crew also arrived: Burton Sr then tossed up with Luttrell Sr (the captain of the Eton Boats) for choice of stations which Westr. won & took the Surrey side of the River. Mr. Selwyn an old Etonian kindly officiated as umpire: & on the word “off” being given we started in such an uneven manner that the Etonians led by more than a length before we were steady. But in ¼ of a mile we were oar & oar; in ½ a mile clean ahead; & continuing, at most without an effort, to draw ahead lost sight of them round the turn before Hammersmith Bridge. We then rowed easily down the Hammersmith Reach continually gaining ground; spurted into Putney passing the Leander & or own Watermen’s Eights; & went under the Bridge amidst the warmest cheering ahead by more than a length of any Boat that rowed the distance.

The course was nearly 5 miles; the time 27 ¼ (which we could have lessened) & we were victorious by 65 seconds or something like 40 or 50 Boat’s lengths. Our crews were

Preston
Williams
Bedford
West
Goodenough
Milman
Shiffner
Rich (Stroke)

Burton

For further particulars see Water Ledger. I may as well here remark that W.G. Green who was our Head of the Water as I had not time to attend to it was very unfavourably and it is generally thought unfairly rejected from the Racing Crew & his place supplied by Williams who if he was stronger was certainly deficient in style. Our training was strict & our condition extremely good this year, we had continued to improve ourselves for six weeks & before we actually received a Challenge.

Dr Williamson who behaved extremely well throughout, & was extremely generous towards us as far as he was concerned followed the Race this year together with many other Old Westminsters on Horseback, by the Towing Path & returned I am happy to say extraordinarily satisfied with the result of our efforts.

Thus ended the most complete victory of the Championship of the Universe as far as regards rowing in Schools that was ever obtained by our crew over another. And I think I may, from personal experience, add, one of the least distressing spurts we ever had during the whole course of training. The betting before we started was 5 to 1 having risen from even wagers.

Joseph Preston Prin. Opp.