No. 60

The subjects for the Whitsuntide Examination this year are:

Aeschylus. Seven against Thebes.

Demosthenes. De Corona to page 291

Tacitus. History. Book II

Lucretius. De Rerum Naturæ Book I

Homer Iliad Books 19 – 20 – 21

Virgil. Bucolics and Georgic I.

The Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

Butlers Analogy Part II

Guizot’s History of English Revolution




F.P. Tomlinson

Prin. Opp.

No. 39

April 1863

The subjects for the examination of the VIth at Whitsuntide are as follows.

Thucydides. Lib. Δ

Sophocles. Ajax.

Cicero’s 2nd Philippic

Lucretius. ‘De rerum naturæ’ Lib V

Greek testament. Epistle to the Hebrews.

Butlers Analogy. Part I

Arnold’s Rome Vol. iii

Composition. Mathematics. French.

Homer, Iliad. XIII-XVIII

Virgil. Aeneid. I-VI

No. 9

The subjects for the Whitsuntide Exam are this time:

Thucydides – Bk VI

Aeschylus – Eumenides

Homer Iliad VII – XII

Epistle to the Romans

Livy – Bk VI

Juvenal Sat: I.III.IV.V.VIII

Virgil – Georgics

Gibbon’s Roman Text to page 397

Davison on Prophecy Page 169 to end

W. Winters

Prin. Opp.

No 543

The subjects for the Whitsuntide Examination were:

Homer, Books 7-12, Iliad

Virgil, Books 7-12

Thucydides, Book 4

Euripides, Alcestis

Cicero in Verrem II.5

Juvenal Satires,

Epistle to the Galatians with Acts 15-28

Liddell’s History of Rome, page 412 to end

Subject for the Ireland Prize “Columbus”

For Greek Iambic Prize Milton, Paradise Lost Book 4

“Thou that, with surpassing glory crowned –

To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.”

For Latin Prose Speech of Tib. Sempronius Gracchus on his Agrarian Bill

No 508

The Subject for the Examination at Whitsmuntide (1856) for the Sixth were exclusive of Mathematics.

Tacitus Annals Book 1
Aeschylus’ Eumenides
Horace Epistles Book 1 Ep.1-19
Plaey’s Hora Paulina & the texts if the Apostles as far as they are wanted for the H.P.
Demosthenes Leptines (for those who were in the form from Sept. to Dec. 55 when it was done)
Outlines of Greek and Roman History (Chepmell)

This year for the first time we had examinations in Latin & Greek Press, Latin Hexameters & Greek Iambic. This is an innovation of Scott’s. Nor is the rest of the school free from them. They began on the 9th of April, the regular Examinations beginning on the 21st.

+ This year for the first time a prize was given for Mathematics called the “Master’s Prize.” Mathematical prizes are also given in each form, which is a new plan of Scott’s.

A.F. Pope Pr. Opp.

No 452

The subject for the prize essay is this year “Mithridates” for the Latin Verse “Etruscan Tombs” and for the Greek Iambics Shakespeare Henry V Act I Se. 2.

The subjects for the Sixth at the general Examination at Whitsuntide are

Plato, Apology of Socrates

Sophocles, Ajax

Cicero, Murena

St Luke’s Gospel

Shepwell’s Greek, Roman & English

History to the End of James II

Euclid, Algebra, Arithmetic.

O Salvin.

Prin. Opp.

No 406

Among the many changes which are now taken place I must mention one which has occasioned a small sensation. It has been decided that every Whitsuntide, the whole school is to be examined by the examiners of Oxford & Cambridge. This year being that of the Great Exhibition, has doubtless been selected to allow us to make some trifling addition to the many exhibitions which will probably take place. The following is the list of the subjects for Examination in the sixth.

Eurip. Heracleidae 1020 Lines
Demosthenes Philippic I
Horad. Ep. Omnes, & Ars Poetica
St Lukes Gospel (Gk) with Bible Hist.
Euclid Arith. & Algebra

Many paternals & sage school masters will be sure to exclaim “What a capital thing.” I wish they would bear in mind the old adage “That all work & no play makes Jack a dull boy.” We are already dull enough [crossed out text] and [eradicted text] us. What a shocking state of affairs.

J. M. Murray
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No 305

An event happened this year, which I feel confident has never had a parallel here -viz. this Dr. Williamson having mentioned at the election of 1844 that the Electors were dissatisfied with the examinations of the Major Candidates, afterwards informed the two Head Third Election Q.S. that the Electors wished to see what the Q.S. were capable of doing in their 3d Election year, by themselves, & that therefore he wished them (Milman & Ingram) to comply with their request. To this effect he also added several subsequent arguments of equal weight: and the event was a challenge between them to contend for the priority then belonging to Milman by right. The Subject was the “Hecuba” there were three challenges, with certain limitations similar to those of Minor Candidates. Milman eventually kept his place. The reasons assigned above were, & with good reason, suspected to be not the genuine ones. Of the merit or demerit of the actual circumstance of the innovation; I will leave the Reader to form his own judgement hereafter from its effects. It is yet to be determined whether this is to be a regular thing, as a sort of “Return Match” to the usual Election of Minor Candidates at Whitsuntide. The Challenge was viva voce.

No 289

On July 10th Williamson decided the Barton Prize mentioned above. There were only 4 competitors two QS for Williamson’s own prize & two TBs for the Barton Do. The QSs were G.W. Randolph, & G.O. Edwards, the T.B. G. Gillett Half Boarder & myself I have enclosed a copy of the examination; on paper considering it too long & uninteresting to swell these pages with But – it may be of consequence to others who try hereafter, if there are any, in orders to compare their examinations with ours, I heartily wish that former Heads of Town Boys had copied their examination for me to see, & therefore I leave mind for others hereafter to collate and compare with theirs; hoping that my humble endeavours may be of use.

1. Randolph
2. Edwards



The above is a true & exact copy of this paper making Randolph winner of the Q.S. Prize which Williamson “himself gave them” and myself and Gillett equal with the chance of dividing “The blunt” or “going in again” we preferred the former I have not seen any number attached to the Examination papers. We had no Mathematics set. Dr W. said “my Greek was rather better than his, but my composition decidedly inferior” which was quite true especially the last remark

J. Preston O.P.

P.S. A prize which Williamson gave him was given to Randolph, which was not to exceed five pounds. The value wh we each received.