When we came back after the Bartholomewtide Holidays, 1850 I found Liddell had taken upon himself to alter every thing – In the first place he had taken the house wh Rigaud had, (before he left for the head mastership of Ipswich school) into his own hands & had put a master in it, to manage it for him. This he ought never to have done, as it had never been the case so to do & besides gave offence to the old Westminsters. The hours of School were also altered, for whereas, Monday, Wednesday & Friday were whole school days & the rest half so the present changes, make all whole schooldays except Wednesday & Saturday thereby causing a great addition of work. We have a French master (Dupont) and a mathematical master (Hose). Liddell has divided the original 6th into 6th A, 6th B & the 7th & now there are more than a quarter of the school in the ci-devant 6th & two masters to that one form. We go on the water on Wednesday & there are also ‘Fields’, but there being no bats hinders the fellows from enjoying what is falsely termed a “half holiday”. I said ‘falsely’ as we have a copy of verses to do wh take up two or three hours of the time. In my opinion & I believe in that of most others, these changes have caused general dissatisfaction & discontent.
J. Murray Murray
On March 3d 1844. Judge Burtons occasional prize was proposed by Dr Williamson for the Sixth Form T.B. to compete for; and at the same time another & separate prize was given by Dr Williamson for the Q.S. or rather was proposed & which he was to give them himself. The Examination was originally to take place before the Whitsuntide Holidays, but on being spoke to by myself in behalf of the rest of those who were going to compete it was postponed till after Whitsuntide; for which extra time for preparation, I believe none was sorry. For the Reader will see over the page the subjects given for competition.
Homeri Ilias – 24 Books
Xenophontis Socratis Memorabilia – 4 books (the entire work)
Sophocles Philoctetes – 1457 lines
Virgilii Aeneid – 12 books
Virgilii Georg. – 4 books
Horatii Od. – 4 Books
Cic. de Officiis – 3 books
Algebra to Quad Equat.
Latin & Eng. Composition in Prose & Verse.
And as the Philoctetes, Xenoph. Mem & Cic. Off were entirely new work, to some, & nearly so to some others it altogether amounted to quite as much (or very close upon it) as the Q.S. usually shew up for their Election. Euclid was at first specified but was afterwards annulled – instead however. Some Grecian History was (as I understood) to be substituted.
F. Osborn was, I think the last winner of this prize, but I do not find it mentioned in this B. heretofore.
J. Preston Prin. Opp
April 23d 1844
This year (1839) some alteration was made with regard to the course of teaching in school. Webber (the 4th Master) was appointed to half the under school; and the Upper Elections in College went with the Town Boys to Mathematics in School. Mr Preston having declared that the task of teaching both Upper and Under Elections was more than he could stand: and another reason was perhaps that the shell did not sufficiently remunerate Mr Hodgson.
F Byron Prin. Opp.
This year, as usual, Williamson began, by making new rules, which compelled us to attend “Mathematical Lectures” on early Plays and Holidays.
This order is now given up. B.A.
The Right Honourable Charles William Wynne having generously given a writership to be contended for by any Boy in the Sixth Form at Westminster, who chose to enter into competition, on Wednesday February 7th and Thursday the 8th. Six Candidates, Davis, Escombe, Bailey and Findlater T.B. but Home Boarders and Froude and Allen K.S. were examined in the Library by Dr Batten President of Haylebury College and Messrs Tyler and Cramer of Oxford – the subjects of Examination were the Greek and Latin Classics, Geography and Mathematics. The Examination lasted from ½ past 8 till 5 o’clock on Wednesday and being again resumed at 8 on Thursday having terminated about one o’clock on that day in favour of Escombe – Wednesday being an early Play every Boy who chose was permitted to be present at the Examination, and the Sixth Form only on Thursday –
Dr Goodenough, Mr Preston together with Mr Wynne, some of the Ushers, and their Friends were present – In a very eloquent speech at the close of the Examination the principal Elector declared both himself and his co-adjutors to be highly pleased with the performance of several candidates.
A short time previous to the Whitsuntide Holidays of this year Goodenough made known his intention of having Mathematics taught at Westminster on a plan which should be more nearly connected & united with the other business of the school. The following is a copy of the plan on which it was to be adopted –
“Dr Goodenough proposes to establish immediately after the present Whitsuntide holidays a regular Mathematical lecture on every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon by one of the Ushers (Mr Bourne) in the library
“A select number of boys only will attend taken from the Senior Election of the Kings Scholars and such senior boys among the Townboys, as may probably leave school before the Whitsuntide in the ensuing year
“No boy will be admitted to the Lecture unless Dr Goodenough receives from the boy’s parents or guardians a particular request in writing to that effect
“Dr Goodenough hopes that the expense of this lecture will not exceed four or at most five guineas per annum to each person according to the number of those who attend it”
This lecture was consequently instituted on the plan proposed and on Thursday Aug 7. An examination of all those who had attended it, took place before the Masters and Ushers, (School being given up purposely at 11 o’clock), which examination it was then determined, should be repeated at the close of every succeeding half year.