A great number of fellows being out of school with the scarlet fever, and one of the name of Russell having died in consequence of it, it was thought prudent by Williamson, after a consultation with the medical attendants, to break up school for six weeks, and consequently a fortnight was taken off the Whitsuntide holydays
J.T. Ludlow H.B.
Tho’ Ditch Leaping was prohibited by Goodenough last year, it was carried into effect as usual on the 1st and 17th of March (1829) the 1st the weather was so very severe that only five went, but on 17th a larger field assembled tho’ still few in number from the number out of school with colds, coughs, measles &c there has been more illness lately in the school than has been known for many years.
After the ineffectual attempt that was made last year the close of the present was distinguished by the revival of the Sixth Dinner after an intermission of 6 years; if directed with a little caution there is every probability that it will again by established into a custom. It was held as formerly at the Thatched House and three of the most respectable Home boarders were invited. Mitchell was president and Davis, Home boarder, vice president. The Dinner was served at 6 o’clock precisely and was kept up with the greatest spirit until 9 o’clock.
Ld Kerry, Lendon and Levett were absent at the time of dinner, from Westminster on account of ill-health.
In May 1826 Preston, usher of the Shell was raised to the Under-mastership on the retirement of Mr Bull who was compelled by ill health to leave the situation which he had filled since 1821.