I regret to state that some misunderstandings have taken place between the TBs & QS.s which might have ended in serious consequences.; but were amicably settled by Liddell – A QS, the second monitor thrashed another B.B. in the sixth with a cane in college (and I may here mention that he had before nearly been expelled for making two boys fight against my orders, as it was a perfect absurdity) for challenging the 3rd monitor to fight. This coming to Liddells ears he was so enraged that the two boys were put down from monitors, and confined to the green for the rest of the half. Every body including many QSs thought the whole proceeding on Mr Liddells part most just.
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
I am sorry to be here obliged to state that after a series of rows and bad feeling & conduct of some of the fellows, 1 of the Seniors was publicly expelled for his share viz. Goodenough the Captain. The af[f]air was well known, & shewed up to Sir R Peel & others in authority although not calculated to improve the school in character or the eyes of the world, yet has been the cause of many changes which I hope & think will be for its welfare.
Another case of cold water cure happened about this time a ’sci having been seen to lend a boat the green and cut[t]er it was seen by a 4th Town boy to come out with something in his hand which afterwards turned out to be a pair of shoes belonging to one of the senior QSs, being known by sight. When he next made his appearance in Deans Yard he met with rather a cool reception, being forcibly held under the pump, pumped upon, and then ejected with sundry kicks from the yard.
C.F.L West O.P.
On August 5th 1844 as a prince was born Williamson generously resolved not to add a week to the Bartholmewtide Holidays; as he knew always had been customary – alleging that there was no reason for such an extension. Surely Eton must laugh at us & yet it no fault of ours (I mean the Westminsters individually) that we fare so badly.
We had hitherto had a week’s holidays extra for the Princesses; therefore there was still more reason for one now a prince was born.