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.
This year we had the Triplett Exhibitions for the first time. They are about £50 in value, this in number, last for three years, at either Oxford or Cambridge, & are open to Q.Ss and T.Bs indiscriminately. But Q.Ss elected to Christ Church will not be able to hold the Tripletts; a Christ Church studentship being considered too good a thing to be held with a Triplett.
There is also a smaller exhibition called Dean Thomas’ able on similar conditions.
The exhibition may be withheld if there are no candidates properly qualified in character & attainment.
The Examination Subjects for the Sixth at Whitsuntide 1857 were: Demonsthenes Olymthiacs, Livy Book III 1-58; Liddells History of Rome Pages 1-411; Sophocles Antigone; last ten chapters of the Act & last ten of the Hebrews; Homer the first parts The first books of the Illiad and the first 6 of the Aenied. Horace’s Ars Poetica & 2nd Book of Satires. Subject for the Dean Freeland Prize Latin Hexameter “Tri[?] Exodus”, Latin Prose “The advantage offering a [travel?]” Greek Iambics out of the [register?].
The Triplett Exhibitions were got by Tringham Q.S., Spencer Q.S.; Dean Thomas’ by W. Maples, BB.
A.F. Pope Pr. Opp.
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
There has been a change among the masters again this half as Lloyd has gone to Oxford to read for orders & there remains until he is ordained & in his place an Oxonian of the name of Addams has come to take the fourth form & to correct the Sixth exercises.
On our return this half June 10th we were extremely sorry to find that Marshall Master of the Shell was prevented, by severe illness, from attending to his form, and that he would not return for some time. Rev. Weare attended to the house for a short, and when the Oxford men came up Rev. G Marshall kindly superintended his brother’s house and Lloyd took the Shell.
R. B. Berens
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
On the 20th of June in consequence of their being no race with Eton, Rich, the stroke of the Oxford University boat (an old Westminster) kindly offered to bring an Oxford eight down to Westminster to row us, on our own course between Barkers Rails & Putney. We having accepted the challenge, everything was arranged & our eight went into training for the occasion. I myself was unable to row inconsequence of previous ill health so Wright took my oar. A steamer was engaged, which took us all to Chiswick bridge from whence the boats were to start, (as we had agreed upon a shorter course). Our boat went off boldly with the start but the superior height of the Oxford men soon told for they kept a head of us the rest of the distance & finally went through Putney bridge ten boats lengths a head of us. It was a good reace however and did great credit to our crew. We* all lunched together at the Star & Garter. Most of the party returned by the steamer not in their respective eights.
The crews were as follows
1. Upperton (QS)
2. Williams (QS)
3. Milman (TB)
4. Steward (TB)
5. Eminson (QS)
6. Wright T.B.
7 Horne (QS)
Stroke Barnes (QS)
Cox Green (QS)
1. Hemage X
2. A. Milman
3. J. Rich
4. C. Steward
7. H. Barker
One eight was had from Noulton & Wilds for the occasion & all expense defrayed by the fellows that [?] it with a small subscription from the Town Boys & Q.SS.
W.C. Macready P. Opp.
*ie. both the racing boats and the other sixth form present.
X An old Westminster has kindly supplied with with the names of the Oxford crew who beat us in 1850, so thought I might as well in put them here.
Dec 20 1853
A cricket match took place up fields between our eleven and an eleven got up by Williams our last Captain Q.S. among whom were mostly Oxford men including R.W. Davies and J. Chitty the brother of the wicket keeper. Our eleven one the day by a considerable number of runs.
After a communication by letter of some duration between the KS of Westminster and the Etonians, concerning a rowing match, it was finally determined to be rowed on Election Thursday May 12th (1831) at Maidenhead. Accordingly after the Election breakfast, the crew of the boat started for Maidenhead in a barouche and four, and arrived there about an hour and a half before the Etonians. The distance to be rowed was from Maidenhead bridge to a pole off Monkey Island and back again to Maidenhead. Accordingly about five o’clock the two boats repaired to their respective stations (the Etonians having the choice of the sides of the river) and the signal being given they started the Etonians taking the lead, and upon arriving at Monkey Island they were so far ahead as to be able to turn without fouling; they then pulled back to Maidenhead bridge, and finally won by about a hundred and fifty yards. After the race the Etonians returned to Eton and the Westminsters divided, part proceeding to Oxford and the rest returning to London. The names of the crew were
Abm Borradaile HB