There was soon after the Xmas holidays a misunderstanding between the TBs & QSS. which nearly ended in serious consequences to one of the QS. a TB home boarder in the fifth having been sent for by a QS to come into the green of a Saturday morning refused & he alleged as excuse that the junior who was sent wanted to make him come on his (the junior’s) own authority. On the following Monday he was kept up School and licked & that severely by several of the seniors on his returning home to breakfast his mother contrary to the boys’ own wish started immediately and showed the affair up to Liddell. I was out on leave at the time ie. the Saturday it happened & did not hear any thing of it till the licking was all over. I however gave out my intention of fighting the senior who had licked him in the Green & especially as he said he should if he pleased do the same again, the fight did not however take place as myself and Rich (the Captain) were sent for to Liddells & after a long discussion, in which both Mr Weare & Mr Liddell took my part saying he had no right to touch, or order in any way a TB, Mr Liddell said he should shew it up to the Dean, he did & the QS were all called before him & after a long address during which (as had also been for some days) an expectation was fully entertained by all that the QS was about to be expelled. He was not however but received a severe reprimand & told that the next time such a thing happened expulsion would follow as a matter of course. Mr Liddell then confirmed the rule that the TBB & QSS are different & independent bodies, Rich having given me his word on the part of the QSS that such a thing should not again occur, we went before Liddell & told him so before the Dean addressed them, & which has I am happy to say been strictly attended to since.
C F Luttrell West
The Revnd H G Liddell having been appointed Head Master was introduced to us by the Dean up school in a lengthy speech in which Liddells merits were set forth. He is a man well known in the literary world having compiled a large & valuable Gk Lexicon, he was a student of Ch Ch Oxford, Proctor of that University & a White-hall preacher, he married a few weeks before he entered in his duties here.
(Though perhaps not a proper place for the mention of such a thing I add here that there was such a great resemblance in height & appearance to the late Head Master that it could not be but remarked.)
On ___ our Dean (Wilberforce) having been consecrated Bishop of Oxford, Dr Buckland Canon of Ch Ch Oxford was appointed Dean of Westminster and came to the play on the last night when he gave us an extra week, at the Xmas vacation
The new Dean Dr. Wilberforce got us an extra week making the Bartholomewtide Holidays seven weeks.
August 3d 1845
On May the 9th Dr. T. Turton was made Bishop of Ely vice Dr J. Allen deceased. In whose room was appointed Dr. Wilberforce who read himself in on Sunday May 25th
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.