The college play being again put off in consequence of the demise of the Queen, the Sixth Dinner was held on this day (Saturday) at Willis’s in St James Street. C. Smith (Half Boarder) President, O. Hamlyn (Boarder) Vice President.
The annual list of the Sixth stands this years as follows (1818)
A challenge was also sent to us by the Charter House to play them at Cricket, which was very properly refused, not only on account of their being such inferior players but because it was thought beneath Westminster to accept a challenge from a private school.
A letter having been sent by the Etonians to Westminster; in which they challenged us to a rowing match, an answer was immediately returned stating our acceptance of the same, but at the same time informing them that the day which they had proposed to row us on, would be most inconvenient, as it unfortunately happened to be the day previous to that, on which our annual Cricket Match would take place. In answer to this the Etonians proposed rowing the day after the Match day and offered to get us leave out to dine with them, as a conclusion to the business. Again we wrote word them word that we should be most happy to accede to their proposal, and sent an invitation to those Etonians who were to row us, to dine with us on the Match day. Thus it was settled, and 3 of the Town-boys, and 3 of the King Scholars immediately set about practising (the names of the former were; Withy, Grant, Wills and of the latter Pemberton, Gresley, Hussey). But the business somehow or other coming to Dr Page’s ears, he forbad our engaging in it threatening expulsion if it were persisted in, wherefore it was thought most prudent to give it up.
By reason of the demise of their Royal Highness the Prince Charlotte of Saxe-Coburg, there was no College Play. The Holidays we were deprived of in consequence were made up, by being added to the Christmas vacation.
In February 1817 a dispute arose between the Town Boys and King Scholars. The second election in the Sixth insisted on taking a fag (when out of school) before the Shell, which the Town Boys opposed alledging that no Senior even was allow’d a Fag, but as a matter of favour from the Head Boy – After a long war of words – the Town Boys received the following letter-
to the TB-
“The Kings Scholars desire Bennett (the head Boy of De Brieux in which house the dispute originated) instantly to give Biscoe (King Scholar in the second election) back his fag, as they sufficiently proved his right, although the T.B. would not be convinced. If this is not immediately attended to the K.S will be under the disagreeable necessity of using a different kind of argument, more convincive and perhaps not quite so palatable to Bennett, as they consider it an insult not only to Biscoe but to the whole of their community”
The following answer was immediately return’d-
to the K.S.-
“The Town Boys beg leave to inform the King Scholars that they are not to be intimidated by the dread of those convincing arguments mentioned in their letter; they will take care to guard against any violence intended to Bennett, by supporting him, and defending their rights to the best of their abilities.
The Town Boys being resolute in maintaining their rights the matter was referred to Dr Page (Head Master) who gave his opinion as an individual that the K.S being a distinct body from the T.B. had no right to fag them. This opinion the K.S rejected and commenced open hostilities with the T.B. But in the end Dr Page provoked by the conduct of the K.S gave a positive command not only as an individual but as Head Master, that no King Scholar should attempt to fag a Town Boy.
C.E. Walker HB TB
 Mrs. Charlotte Driffield, Dame of 1 Dean’s Yard circ. 1805-1822 married the Chevalier de Brieux