*This rule or at least a similar one had been made in 1862 (vide Entry No. 30) but it had been broken once or twice since.
In consequence of a T.B having been tanned in College without the consent of the head T.B. Scott has given the following rule “That the Captain & Monitors have a general authority to deal with moral offences which may fall under their cognizance but that no T.B shall be sent for into College or be punished by a Q.S without the consent of the Head T.B or Head of the House. The following were the circumstances. On the night of the first Play, a 3rd election Q.S named Randall observed one of the T.Bs who did not seem to be doing his share of clapping, & because he (Randall) had been tanned when a T.B for no clapping at the Play, he showed up the T.B (Barber H.B Rigauds) to the godkeepers after the Play was over, next day Stuart Q.S one of the godkeepers sent for Barber & tanned him in College without asking leave of either Bramwell or me. As soon as I heard of it I went to Bramwell & asked if he had given permission for the tanning to take place, he said that he had heard nothing about it till it was over, so I asked him to go to Scott & demand an apology from the Q.Ss but he said he would rather that I went; accordingly at 5 ½ on Friday I went to Scott’s & told him the whole matter saying that all the T.Bs were determined to have an apology & that if one was not given no T.B would clap on the second night; Scott agreed with me that an apology was due & said he would speak to Rawson (Captain) Q.S about it The next morning Rawson spoke to me about it & said he was quite ready to apologise & wished that the matter should not got to Scott, he also said that he had been opposed to the tanning himself but that all the other Seniors were for it, however I told him that as Scott already knew about we had better leave it in his (Scott’s) hands. Accordingly at 10 A.M Scott sent for Rawson & myself to his house where Rawson apologised in the name of the Q.Ss for having tanned barber without asking leave of the head T.B & I in the name of the T.Bs expressed myself satisfied; Scott then dismissed us after thanking us for having settled the matter amicably, for had it got into the papers in might have created a row like the “Winchester funding affair” which had just taken place.
March 21st H: R: H: Princess Louise was married to the Marquis of Lorne: of course a holiday was expected, for it is not every day that a Princess is wedded, and still more rarely is royal blood united with a subject: however no holiday or part of a holiday was forthcoming though Eton celebrated their old schoolfellows marriage in their sensible manner, and people thought Scott, as being an old Etonian, would act in the same way. The matter however was compromised by an early play being given on Saturday April 1st, so that fellows could see the Oxford and Cambridge boatraces though the pretext for this early play was H: R: H: Princess Louise’s marriage it was undoubtedly given for the boat race, so we hope that next year another holiday may be obtained for the same event: and a holiday for the “boatrace” become a thoroughly recognised custom. JLW
The first of March this year on a Saturday. The lunch fellows as usual survived this “tips” and we had an Early Play.
W. Winters Prin. Opp.
On Sat. Oct. 25 we had an early play in honour of Mr Weare’s newly arrived daughter. This is Weare’s second daughter; the first died & we had therefore an early play; his second child is I am happy to say doing well.
We had our early play for the Westminster dinner on Saturday June 7th.
A.F. Pope Pr. Opp
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.
An early Play was given us on Monday Mar. 31stat the request of Lord John Thyme, on the occasion of Peace being concluded at Paris.
A.F. Pope. PrOpp.
Liddell refused to give an Early Play for the “Battle of Inkerman” saying that it was a painful subject to give a holiday for.
JGray. Pr. Opp.
On Saturday the 25th of Novr we had an early Play for the Busby Trustee dinner, which early Play was brought over from last Term-
John Gray Pr. Opps.
Liddell has given us an extra week to make up for the early plays we lost, and the play itself, so we go home on Wednesday the 21st and return Wednesday 5 weeks.