Some enterprising sculling matches (in f[??]ies) were set a foot by Steward an old Westminster who generously gave various prizes to the winners of the different heats. The prizes were cups with the winners name & Westminster arms engraved upon them.
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.
Concerning the Eton Correspondence this year, & the legacy of a pair of Silver Sculls to be annually rowed for in wager wherein see Water Ledger
J. Preston. O.P.
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.
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.
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
6th Sapphic or Alcaic Odes
The prizes to be continued half yearly.
G.E. Gillett HB TB