No 28

The captain wrote to the Archbishop [Loughley?] the newly made [Private?], an Old Westminster, asking him to come down & beg for an early play for us. He wrote to say that Saturday (29th) was the only day he could come & as Scott had done away with early plays he did not come till 10.10 so we only gained an hour and a half.

 E.R. Dowdeswell

   Prin. Opp.

No 567

When we came back this half we found that in consequence of the meeting of Old Ws the Boarding* Houses had been painted. The Library has been thoroughly done up the back cases etc. polished, the ceiling whitewashed & new floorcloth laid down. The racket-court has been plastered & the old W.C. by the schoolsteps has been removed and new ones made at the top of the steps. A skylight has been made in the passage opposite the Library door. In College the cubicles have bad red curtains put to them instead of doors & they have new bedsheets in the place of the old wooden ones. It is to be hoped that these improvements will increase the number of the school. I forgot to mention that there have been four new boxes set up in College.

*N.B. There are only two boarding houses now Marshall’s (Grants) and James (Rigauds). Scott’s at the entrance of Gt Deans Yard has been closed some time now.

P. Southby Prin. Opp.

No 539

We had an early play on March 1st as usual – no leave out, though it fell on a Monday. Lord Lansdowne asked for one on the 17th. We also had leave out on Easter Monday, as an equivalent to Good Friday.

On the 27th of March the Eight had leave to see the Oxford & Cambridge race.

We had an early play which was asked for by Mr. Mowbray, an Old Westminster who had taken office under Lord Derby; April 10th.

This year the early play which we usually have the day after the last challenge, the Min. can. early play, unfortunately “coincided”, as Scott said, with one that he had promised us to honour Mr. Southey, who has obtained a first class at Oxford; we could not get both from Scott.

A.F. Pope, Prin. Opp.

No 522

Changes have been made this year in the Challenges. The last challenge takes place about the same time as it has always done; but it is not decisive, as there are examinations for the Minor Candidates after it, which influences the order; consequently we didn’t have chairing until the 27th of April, long after the last challenge. We had the Min. can. early play after the last challenge.

A.F. Pope. Prin. Opp.

No 521

This year St David’s day fell on a Sunday: we had an early play on the 28th of Feb.

There was no ditch leaping.

On the fifth of March we had an early play on Gibbert, an Old Westminster obtaining a first class at Oxford. On the 17th we had one asked for by Lord Lansdowne; & on the fourth of April (Saturday) we had one to see the Oxford and Cambridge race. The eight went up to see the race.

This year there was leave out on Good Friday. We had leave out from Sat. at 12 till Easter Monday night instead. I believe this is to be the regular rule for the future.

A.F. Pope Princeps Oppidanus

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.