No 193

At 3 meetings of the sixth held on the 6th, 7th and 8th days of March 1837 the following paper was agreed to and signed by the Heads of the T.B. and H.B. boats. It being absolutely necessary, in consequence of the low state of the school to resort to this method of keeping up the crew of the Townboys’s boat.

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Dean’s Yard March 8th 1837

In consequence of the present low state of the School, it has been thought expedient by ourselves and the rest of the sixth that there should be an union between the boarders and Home-Boarders, on the water, under the following Rules and Regulations mutually agreed upon. And we do bind ourselves to observe these rules so agreed to, so long as this union shall exist. And we do also agree that all Rules and Regulations hitherto made relating to the water, which are contrary to the conditions and Rules of this agreement or repeated more particularly the rule marked No. 153 in the T.B. Ledger, as long as this Union shall exist.

Rules agreed upon.

1st
That the fellow who has been longest in the boat (whether Boarder or Home-Boarder) shall be head of the water, and shall exercise all the powers and privileges hitherto enjoyed by Heads of the Water such as sending on fellows in boats &c &c

2nd
That the head of the water (if a Boarder) shall keep the Water Ledger, but (if he be a home boarder) that the Water Ledger shall be kept by the Head of the Town Boys, and that the Head of the TB shall give up this ledger to the head of the water, only when he requires it, either for the purpose of inserting any-thing in it, or for referring to it, and this rule is made in order that the water ledger may be always kept in Dean’s Yard.

3rd
That the Boarders and Home-Boarders shall be considered as on, and have equal privileges on the water; such as those fellows who are in the eight having light wherries &c &c

4th
That any fellow in the eight, who when the boat is going on, shall refuse to row, or having promised to row shall not appear at the proper time, shall (except when the fellow not attending be ill or absent from Westminster) be fined one shilling and sixpence.

5th
That the fines mentioned in the preceding rule shall be enforced by the head of the water, and shall go towards maintaining a fund for the payment of incidental expenses.

6th
That the following shall be the crew of the boat, and the order in which they are placed.

Vialls Senr
Turner
Somerton
Lee
Mackenzie Senr
Mackenzie Junr
Merewether

Steerer F. Lennox

Signed

Charles Vialls
Head of the Water

F. Turner
Head of the Home Boarder’s boat

It was then determined that every arrangement should be immediately made for carrying these Rules into effect.

Somerton H.B.

No 191*

After the second play Williamson sent for Hotham and told him that he understood that he had requested Mr Hudson to ask his Majesty to give us an extra week’s holydays, at the same time that his attendance at the play was requested, and as the King has accordingly desired that an extra week might be given he should not allow Hotham to act on the third night, in having what Williamson called the impudence to make such a request.

Added by Somerton H.B.

No 191

One of the Seniors, Hotham, having written to Mr Hudson, a gentleman attached to the King’s household and formerly at Westminster, to be, that if he had an opportunity, he would request the King to attend the representation of the Adelphi, he accordingly made the desired application to his Majesty who in the most gracious manner answered, that he should have been most happy to accept the invitation of Mr Hotham, but that his indisposition prevented him from coming; this was communicated to the Dean by Sir Herbert Taylor in a letter, upon which Williamson immediately sent for Hotham and told him, that he considered his conduct had been most impertinent in writing to Hudson, without either his or the Dean’s knowledge, and said that as a punishment he should not allow him to act in the two remaining nights, this transaction having occurred after the first play.  Williamson however, most likely fearing there would be an uproar on this account on the nights in question, sent for Hotham again on the following day, and said he rather supposed that the application to the King had been made by others, before Hotham wrote, and that therefore he should allow him to act, but set him 400 lines to learn by heart.  Any comments on this conduct are quite unnecessary, it is in strict accordance with all Dr Williamson’s other actions, when he meddles in these sort of affairs, for what Hotham chose to write in a private letter to a friend could not possibly by any business of Williamson’s.

Somerton H.B.

No 189

The list of the sixth at Xmas 1836 was a follows

* Mackenzie
* Lee
* Turner
Astley
Wingfield
Ld Somerton
Dudman
Forester
* Merewether
Vialls
* Jermyn
Bentinck

Those marked * are Home Boarders

It should have been stated before that after the last Whitsuntide Holydays L. Woolcombe Esq was appointed Usher in the room of the Revd E A Smedley who was appointed to the living of Chesterton in Cambridgeshire

Added by Somerton H.B.

No 188

Having often heard the following admitted as rules by former heads, and other fellows; but not finding them written in this book, I think it right to place them here. First –

“That when a head of the T.B. has, (from being placed high in the school) not been here long enough to know the usual rules; the one who stands next in the sixth may be appointed in his place provided the same defect is not against him __*

That when a steerer is put out of the 8 (from his being over weight, or any other cause) by the mutual consent of the boat, he shall not be liable to be sent on in any other boat; and shall enjoy the same privilege as the regular steerer.

B.G. Astley
H.B.

* I have thought it right, with consent and approbation of the rest of the sixth to add the following words to this rule
“and provided also that the rest of the boarders in the sixth form do approve of such appointment.”

Somerton H.B.

No 187*

June 1836

A race for a trifling sweepstake was got up among the T.B. it was run over Battersea fields the distance was about a mile with 7 leaps in it, the following fellows started

Astley
Forester
Merewether
Maule
Wingfield
Dudman
Whittaker
Bentinck

Astley won. Whittaker being second and Merewether third.

A race was also got up this month between the following boats two pair of sculls in each boat.

Howard Vialls
Somerton Vincent
Astley Tritton Junr
Merewether Forester

This race in consequence of a dispute did not come off.

Added by Somerton

No 186*

A match was played in Tothill Fields on Thursday August 9th 1836 between the present Westminsters and the Old Westminsters, the present Westminster won with wickets to go down.

Old Westminsters

Honble Col. Lowther
Hodgson
C. Page
Page
Mayne
Woolcombe
Bailey
*Ld Paget

Present Westminsters

Howard
Vialls
Balston
Fielde
Merewether
Whittaker
Ld. Somerton
Coxe
Lowther
Lee
Smith Junr.

*Paget was a present Westminster taken in to make up the team.

Added by Somerton H.B.