It was currently reported all the half that Williamson was about to leave & so it proved, which he first made public at the Westr dinner. He gave us his reasons that the low state of the school & he said some seemed to think he was in the way of its rising and as great changes in College were about to take place he thought it would be best to retire & give them a fair chance with a new head Master, his resignation was received and he bade us a final (as master) adieu on the last day of the term.
C.F.L West OP
It must be remarked that this was changed again by Williamson in 1832 when the Revd WC Totton resigned the place of usher, and the Under and Upper Shell were again joined under one Usher and the other forms again sat in their proper places.
Added Dec 13th 1832 by Rob Hy Hurst H.B.
This year Williamson, in order to make a more equal distribution of the forms among the ushers, placed the lower division of the shell sole under the usher of the fifth form, appointing the other ushers to the remaining forms, and thus placing the fourth form below the bar.
J.T. Ludlow H.B.
This year Williamson instituted an examination on paper of both T.B. and K.S. to take place half yearly in the Museum, in the work done in the form the preceding half year; and according to the answers given, altering the respective places of each T.B.
J.T. Ludlow H.B.
Note. This Williamson has now increased, so that there are 3 at least if not 4 examinations yearly.
J. Preston Op.
It is intended henceforward that no King Scholar should stay over the election, it is declared that interest is to have no effect, that it is to be decided by merit alone, and that every one is to have an equal chance whether that will be the case is to be seen hereafter.
That this would be the most fair and equitable way, I think there is no room for doubting but I can safely answer that if ever such a rule was made (and there seems to be the less reason for thinking so) it has been to my certain knowledge very often grossly violated.
Added by J. Preston 1845