No 294

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.

 

Preston O.P.

No 288

On June 7th 1844 the King of Saxony came to view the interior of Westminster Abbey; on which occasion School broke up at ¼ to 5 but the reason was not much known, or the circumstance observed in the School, & I myself did not know it, until told it afterwards at the Fields. Dr Williamson was introduced and also two of the QS who happened to be aware of his coming & went into the Abbey at the time Dr Williamson said “he has asked a Holiday for you” & consequently a week was expected but not obtained – & instead thereof we had an Early Play – Worse than ever!

J. Preston O.P.

No 287

It never has been, in my remembrance, not as far as I can understand in the remembrance of any other Sixth T.B. To have any Holiday Task set at Whitsuntide Holidays but this year, May 10th 1844 Dr. Williamson gave us a subject as unusual “Nelsonis Columna” to compose a set of verses on by after the vacation; 3 weeks 3 days. And when reasoned with on the subject still persisted in his mistake. His answer was that “if a Holiday Task was not set, by me, it was so by accident, as it is quite usual to set a Holiday Task at Whitsuntide, as it is at any other time. The exemption from Holiday Task in the past of the QS is because they are obliged to stay over the 3 or 4 days for their Election”. Now Holiday Tasks in my humble opinion are under any circumstances, most disgraceful imposition on, but most especially in the present instance, where the master is decidedly making an innovation. I suppose now it will be continued, but I dare say not without another attempt to convince Dr. Williamson of his mistake.

J. Preston O.P.

No 265

At the beginning of the Summer half 1842 Williamson made the following new rules –

1st That all home boarders should go to the Abbey with the boarders every Saints Day.

2d That if a Saints Day should fall on a Saturday or Monday there shd be no leave out on those days i.e. No leave out till after church on Saturday & till 10 o’clock on Monday morning.

3dly That the Easter Holidays shd be taken away except Good Friday.

4thly To make amends for these holidays being taken away the half should always commence on the Thursday instead of the Monday as formerly, there by giving us an extra 3 days at the end of every holidays.

N.B. The 5th of November & Ash Wednesday will remain holidays as usual.

W.G. Andrewes
Prin. Opp.