The Eunuchus was the play fixed to be acted here next Xmas, but owing to the absence of one of the Q.S. who was to have taken one of the principal characters, it was changed to the Andria which would have been acted last year but for the death of Queen Adelaide. V. 368
Macready’s reasons for giving up the Headtownboyship to Evered who subscribes himself “Prin Opp”, were, I think, because (Macready) thought that there was going to be a row with the QS, and therefore being a great coward thought that it was better for him to be out of the row altogether. This is I am sure a true account of the matter altho’ Murray had not mentioned it in the preceding page.
R.B. Berens Prin Opp
On Thursday Aug 8th a match came off at our ground between our eleven & the Charterhouse. The challenge was given on our part; but some of the eleven thought it too low on the ground of Charterhouse not being a publick school. Blagden (Captain) & Ingram (1st Mon.) refused to play; but afterwards agreed, as Liddell on hearing it refused to give the early play on the following Saturday if they persisted in not playing. Liddell, I suppose, took it personally being a Charterhouse fellow. The match was not terminated but we had much the best of it when the wickets were drawn, as may be seen in Cricket Ledger
In consequence of the TB & QS boats being continually annoyed by scis throwing stones from the shore – a policeman was set to watch where upon some of the offenders were taken before the magistrates & punished. It is to be hoped that the boats for the future will be free from further annoyance & if occurrences of this nature happen to take place I should advise future heads of the water to make immediate application to the police.
On Thursday July 26th the Annual Grand Match between the T.B.B. and Q.S.S. took place in which the former were beaten in one innings & 82 runs to spare. It was badly managed & the dinner anything but satisfactory – see Cricket Ledger.
There have been other junior races on the water this half year, such as between Bow & Stroke of the second eight, but the QSS not behaving in a gentlemanly manner these matches excited little interest.
The annual match between the Town Boys under the sixth form (& not in the eight) & under Elections took place, on the 24 of April, earlier than usual. The course was from Hungerford to Vauxhall Bridge, being much shorter than usual. The Queens Scholars, won by nearly two boats lengths, having kept a head throughout the whole race. The crews were as follows.
2. Waterfields (jun)
Cox Southing (jun)
The steering of our boat was not so good as it should have been accounting in part, for the loss of the race.
The cricket this year seems to be a sad falling off notwithstanding the immense sum laid out in improving, or rather attempting to improve the condition of Tothill Fields. A match was got up by young Buckland and some others, but is not of sufficient note to give at large. Cook Q.S. made a good score.
Between Xmas and Whitsuntide 1850 a silver racket was bought by subscription throughout the school to be played for annually by TBs & QSS. The competition for it was great and the play was well contested by the various competitors. Balfour, W.S. however succeeded eventually in winning it.
Added by Everard Evered
The play (the Andria) was stopped this year in consequence of the death of her late lamented Majesty the Queen Dowager notwithstanding the efforts of the head Q.S. & head monitor who positively got a Royal Command to continue it as usual. Dr Liddell would not accept the command and they were sold.
W.C. Macready Prin. Opp.