No 415

This month (July 51/) a race was got up in outrigger pair oars for jests. The first boat having a quart & the 2nd two pint pewter pots. It was won after a beautiful race by Wright & Berens; Vincent & Hunt being second. The race was from Putney Br. to Battersea. For particulars vid. Water Ledger.

J Murray
Prin. Opp.

No 381

A handsome present was made by a sixth form boy, C. Browne, in the shape of a silver rudder  to be rowed for in pair oars, chosen only out of Town Boys, by lot. This was very handsome of Brown, & I am sure all Westminsters that patronise the noble exercise of rowing will feel greatly indebted to his generosity. It is to be hoped that from such inducements & encouragements to keep up the Water we shall be able in time again to assert our superiority over the other public schools in particular & rules see the Water ledger.

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.

No 289

On July 10th Williamson decided the Barton Prize mentioned above. There were only 4 competitors two QS for Williamson’s own prize & two TBs for the Barton Do. The QSs were G.W. Randolph, & G.O. Edwards, the T.B. G. Gillett Half Boarder & myself I have enclosed a copy of the examination; on paper considering it too long & uninteresting to swell these pages with But – it may be of consequence to others who try hereafter, if there are any, in orders to compare their examinations with ours, I heartily wish that former Heads of Town Boys had copied their examination for me to see, & therefore I leave mind for others hereafter to collate and compare with theirs; hoping that my humble endeavours may be of use.

1. Randolph
2. Edwards

Q.S.

T.B.
Preston
Gillett

(equales)
The above is a true & exact copy of this paper making Randolph winner of the Q.S. Prize which Williamson “himself gave them” and myself and Gillett equal with the chance of dividing “The blunt” or “going in again” we preferred the former I have not seen any number attached to the Examination papers. We had no Mathematics set. Dr W. said “my Greek was rather better than his, but my composition decidedly inferior” which was quite true especially the last remark

J. Preston O.P.

P.S. A prize which Williamson gave him was given to Randolph, which was not to exceed five pounds. The value wh we each received.

No 6

In May 1816 Prizes were instituted by Dr Page between the Sixth Form and the King Scholars for the best composition on given subjects in

1st Latin Hexameters
2nd Hexameters and Pentameters
3rd Latin Oration
4th English Theme
5th Iambics
6th Sapphic or Alcaic Odes

The prizes to be continued half yearly.

G.E. Gillett HB TB