No 283

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.