It having been for some time in contemplation to abolish the breeches of the Q.S. & to institute trousers in their place an order to that effect was after Whitsuntide issued by Dr Turton Dean of Westminster. The colours specified were, as I understood any thing between black & white but this was of course supposed to include all colours, at least by the Q.S.
The race referred to over leaf came off on Aug 1t 1843 in which Westminster was beaten for particulars see Water Ledger
J. Preston Prin. Opp.
The following was the list of the Sixth after Whitsuntide 1843 –
Those marked with a * are Home Boarders
Conf. No 15 of this Ledger No 2 & No 28
The List of the Sixth after Xmas stood as follows;
Those marked with an asterisk are Home Boarders.
J. Preston OP
Among the principal events relating to Westminster this year, The Dean, Dr. Ireland died, at an advanced age, Sept. 8th 1842. He was succeeded by Dr. Turton, formerly Regius Professor of St. Catherine’s Hall, Cambridge. The late Dean, as it was said, left £60,000, out of which he did not leave the least trifle to Westminster, although most of it was acquired from his Deanery there; but strange to say, left £2,000 to Kings College with wh. he could have had nothing to do whatever. He was Dean of Westminster somewhat more than 25 years. Dr. Turton was installed into his office Nov. 8th and Williamson gave us a late play in consequence.
*Dr. Turton was before he came to Westminster Dean of Peterborough, & Dr. Ireland was, I understand, a director of Kings College wh. may in some measure accord for his extraordinary behaviour. It would however, I think have been scarcely amiss if he had in some way endeavoured to profit Westminster, a place where he got all his money, which he might easily have done and still left Kings College a handsome legacy.
Added by J. Preston Op.
This Dean not having been a Westminster was without a precedent then, not now I am sorry to say. I hope all who see this and have hereafter a voice in the election of a Dean of Westminster may suggest to the Primate’s notice the propriety of a Westminster again filling that station as no other persons can be supposed to take an interest in welfare of the school so warmly as an old Westminster would do.
This year finding that the Town Boys were miserably few, being about the same number as the King-Scholars, and that it would be unfair that they should have to pay a bill nearly double that of the K.S. (as it has always been) I spoke to Somerset (the captain) saying that when the T.B.s were flourishing, it was fair that they should pay the larger share, but that now they were on a level with the K.S. It was but just the bills should be equally divided. This he allowed and promised to pay whatever was over from the K.S. After paying his own Bill. He was unable to do this & consequently I was obliged to collect the whole at great trouble & some loss.
Now I should advise future heads of the T.B. To make this proposition next year and should it be refused, which I should think it very improbably, as they cannot deny the justice of it, to go to Williamson and ask him so to arrange it, as I have no doubt he will, for what he said this year.
This was done in 1843. Before Whitsudntide. For particulars see Cricket Ledger of that year.
J. Preston. O.P.
It is intended henceforward that no King Scholar should stay over the election, it is declared that interest is to have no effect, that it is to be decided by merit alone, and that every one is to have an equal chance whether that will be the case is to be seen hereafter.
That this would be the most fair and equitable way, I think there is no room for doubting but I can safely answer that if ever such a rule was made (and there seems to be the less reason for thinking so) it has been to my certain knowledge very often grossly violated.
Added by J. Preston 1845