No 16

The Eton & Westminster eights oared match was rowed on Friday August the 1st. The day was all that could be desired. The rowing of both crews was admirable, though Eton as the result will show, was far superior to us. The crews were as follows:

Westminster:      st. lb.

Bow A.P. Dawson 9. 9

  1. A.J. Mackey 9. 10
  2. C.S. Bull 10. 1
  3. B.N. Thomas 11. 7
  4. G.L. O’Brien 10. 12
  5. W. B. Besly 9.  13
  6. W.H. Hunt 10. 4

St. H. N. Monk       10. 0

Cox H. Walker        6.   5

Eton

Bow A. Brassey     9.   8

  1. W. R. Griffiths 10. 8
  2. W. J. Treach 11. 7
  3. A. Pochin 10. 6
  4. R. A. Kingslake 11. 5
  5. J. R. Selwyn 10. 11
  6. H.P. Senhouse 10. 2

St. C.B. Lawes         10. 10

Cox Hon. C. Needham

The Westminsters took the lead which they lead as far as the London Rowing Club boat house, here Eton cleared them & kept increasing their lead, winning easily by 6 lengths. The race was rowed from Putney to Chiswick Eyot. Particular thanks are due to Mr Legham of Trin. Coll. Cam. for his unwearied exertions in “coaching” the Eight. Also to Mackey & Dawson who came down to row every evening, although they had left the half before.

E.R. Dowdeswell Prin. Opp.

No 564

The Westminster and Eton Race is again a reality. It was rowed this evening Aug 3rd from Putney Bridge to the end of Chiswick Eyot and although Westminster did all that Westminster could do one was obliged to succumb to the superior weight of the […]. The Etonians had a splendid crew much older and heavier than Westminster (this averaged 8 1/8lbs heavier). They rowed in splendid style. We were beat by 50 seconds. Westminster taking the lead about a quarter of a length at first when Eton went ahead and Westminster rowed a hard and plucky stern race the rest of the way. We had not been in out racing boats long enough, while Eton had always been accustomed to row in the boat they raced in. It would be better if the first eight for the future always rowed in an outrigger as the race is to be continued. We must hope for better luck next time, therefore we pride ourselves on the fact that the Westminster stroke was acknowledged the best oar in the […] by both Westminsters and Etonians and rowed most pluckily all through the race. The Etonians would not dine after the race as the Head Masters of Eton and Westminster wished to limit the number of guests invited to the dinner, which the Eton crew “voted out”. So we had dinner by ourselves at Putney.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 561

At last we have got the Eton race. I went to Scott today and he said he would let us row under certain conditions which he afterwards told me this that he and Goodford (Head Master of Eton) should each choose an umpire and that the Umpires should choose to referee. Also that there should be certain restrictions as to the length of course, moreover that their eight should undergo a medical examination. I went to Eton informing them of what had taken place. And we now wait until the umpires are chosen when I hope all will be satisfactorily decided.

J. C. Hawkshaw

Prin. Opp.

No 559

At the beginning of this half (after hours) I received a note from Eton asking us to row them. Chapman and I went to Scott for permission and were refused on the grounds that Williamson and Liddell both has said that it disorganised the school. We waited some time and today (Fri 29th) Salwey and I went again and after arguing the matter for nearly an hour met most of his arguments and he is now considering the matter. There is every hope we shall get the race soon.

J. C. Hawkshaw

Prin. Opp.

No 511

On the occasion of the Illuminations & Fireworks in honour of the Peace (night of Thurs. May 29th) Scott very liberally gave leave out from Wednesday 12.30 till Friday morning at 10. Those who did not go out saw the Fireworks from the roof of the Abbey.

NB. We were the best off of the public schools on this occasion. Eton and Harrow were both obliged to be back as early as we were on Friday morning, & did not get away before Thursday morning.

No 456

We received a challenge from Eton the other day in which Standing, the Captain of the Eton Boats, said that their Head Master did not object to the race between the two schools being continued, and he felt sure that if Liddell could consent a race might be brought about. Our Eight however, feeling certain that Liddell would not give his sanction wrote back to say they could not race.

C.G. Lane

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