This year Williamson endeavoured to put a stop to the sixth dinner by a threat of severely punishing all who attended it. It was nevertheless carried into execution and was held at Ginger’s hotel in Bridge Street. Homeboarders as usual were invited. The dinner was served up in a manner to give universal satisfaction at ½ past seven and was kept up till ten. All the boarders attended with the exception of 4 who feared to join the party. Their names were Templer, Cornish, Parker and Harrison — Abm Borradaile President, T Blackall Vice President.
The Coronation Sept. 8th 1831
At this Coronation as at the last seats were assigned to the whole School Townboys as well as King-Scholars to witness the ceremony. Those allotted to us were separate from the KS and close to the Peers seats in the south transept; in full view of the thrones though not of the alter. We took our seats about ½ past 7 in the morning: the ceremony concluded about 4 o’clock. Leave was given for the sixth and shell to go out from 8 to 10 in the evening to see the fireworks and illuminations.
On Thursday July 21st (1831) the annual match between the TB and KS took place in Tothill fields when the latter were beaten with 7 wickets to go down. The following were the players
Scorers Ridley Colbourne —Morris
On Friday the 15th of July the annual match was played between the TB who had not played in the Grand Match and the Lamprobaticks in which the former were beaten single handed by 32 runs. The following were the players
Abm Borradaile H.B.
On the 15th of July (1831) the 5th annual match was played between 11 of the Old Westminster club and eleven of the TB and KS then at Westminster which was won by the former by 16 runs. The following is the list of the Westminsters who played.
Those marked with an asterisk are KS
After a communication by letter of some duration between the KS of Westminster and the Etonians, concerning a rowing match, it was finally determined to be rowed on Election Thursday May 12th (1831) at Maidenhead. Accordingly after the Election breakfast, the crew of the boat started for Maidenhead in a barouche and four, and arrived there about an hour and a half before the Etonians. The distance to be rowed was from Maidenhead bridge to a pole off Monkey Island and back again to Maidenhead. Accordingly about five o’clock the two boats repaired to their respective stations (the Etonians having the choice of the sides of the river) and the signal being given they started the Etonians taking the lead, and upon arriving at Monkey Island they were so far ahead as to be able to turn without fouling; they then pulled back to Maidenhead bridge, and finally won by about a hundred and fifty yards. After the race the Etonians returned to Eton and the Westminsters divided, part proceeding to Oxford and the rest returning to London. The names of the crew were
Abm Borradaile HB
The List of the Sixth at Xmas was as follows
* R Milman
Fitz Maurice * (Marquis of Lansdowne)
Those marked with an Asterisk are Homeboarders
A dispute arising between the TB and KS as to the length of time, which was had a right to stay in the cloisters, (the KS claiming an equal division, whereas the TB always previously had a ¼ of an hour more than the KS) Williamson, to prevent any bad consequences, took the matter into his own hands, and decided that the KS had no right whatever to claim the ¼ of an hour from the TB –
The TB however on consideration thinking it but fair that there should be an equal division granted the KS as a favour the time required –
T. Blackall H.B.
Vide No. 7 wh happened whilst Williamson was at school as a boy
This year the Sixth dinner was put off on account of there being no college play, in consequence of the death of his Majesty George 4th
T. Blackall H.B.
In consequence of the accession of his Majesty William the 4th to the throne (1830) his Majesty was pleased to add an extra week to the Bartholomew-tide Holydays; – thus making them 6 weeks.
T. Blackall H.B.