We were surprised one night this half by being called in before Scott and Marshall and questioned as to the immorality of the school in general and College in particular. After leaving us Scott proceeded to Weare’s, having previously been to Rego’s, where he remained till 3 o’clock in morning investigating. All the Q.Ss were kept up in Upper and Under Election Rooms, Bowing and Joyce remaining with them to prevent communication. In the morning very few Q.Ss appeared in School and at 9, 17 Q.Ss went to College Hall to be reprimanded or have sentences passed by the Deans. Five seniors were sent away (Pratt, O’Brien, Stainhope, Henderson and Upperton). And 4 Q.Ss and one T.B rusticated till Lent Whitsmuntide (Mackey, Balfour, Walker, Maurice, and Parker TB). Eleven of 12 others were operated on in the library. We had hopes that this would not stop the play but they did not last long for Scott soon told us that there would be none. Not long after this news Scott informed us that in consequence of an anonymous letter which he had received stating that “some scholars were in the habit of frequenting the Westminster Tavern for the purpose of playing billiards”, that he did not intend to investigate further but for the future no one was to go out of Deans Yard except to Ginger’s, Sutcliff’s, […] after dinner.
J. C. Hawkshaw
The Cloisters under College were a little time before this converted into 3 rooms for the day apartments for QS.
In consequence of the change of Masters & alterations in College we had 3 weeks added to our Bartholomew-tide Holidays
It was currently reported all the half that Williamson was about to leave & so it proved, which he first made public at the Westr dinner. He gave us his reasons that the low state of the school & he said some seemed to think he was in the way of its rising and as great changes in College were about to take place he thought it would be best to retire & give them a fair chance with a new head Master, his resignation was received and he bade us a final (as master) adieu on the last day of the term.
C.F.L West OP
This year (1839) some alteration was made with regard to the course of teaching in school. Webber (the 4th Master) was appointed to half the under school; and the Upper Elections in College went with the Town Boys to Mathematics in School. Mr Preston having declared that the task of teaching both Upper and Under Elections was more than he could stand: and another reason was perhaps that the shell did not sufficiently remunerate Mr Hodgson.
F Byron Prin. Opp.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge honoured the College Play with his presence on the 3rd night the 18th of December
An attempt having been made by the KS to take two boys in the Shell into College, in order to inflict some punishment upon them, a strong remonstrance was made against it by the Head of the T.B. and the remainder of the Sixth, and it was prevented from being put into execution.
On Wednesday the 19 of Sept 1821 Mr Dodd son of the Revd J.W Dodd (viz No 21]) was instituted usher of Westminster School, his election was remarkable from his never having been in College.
George B Mansel Princeps Oppidanus