On August 5th 1844 as a prince was born Williamson generously resolved not to add a week to the Bartholmewtide Holidays; as he knew always had been customary – alleging that there was no reason for such an extension. Surely Eton must laugh at us & yet it no fault of ours (I mean the Westminsters individually) that we fare so badly.
We had hitherto had a week’s holidays extra for the Princesses; therefore there was still more reason for one now a prince was born.
On June 7th 1844 the King of Saxony came to view the interior of Westminster Abbey; on which occasion School broke up at ¼ to 5 but the reason was not much known, or the circumstance observed in the School, & I myself did not know it, until told it afterwards at the Fields. Dr Williamson was introduced and also two of the QS who happened to be aware of his coming & went into the Abbey at the time Dr Williamson said “he has asked a Holiday for you” & consequently a week was expected but not obtained – & instead thereof we had an Early Play – Worse than ever!
J. Preston O.P.
It is usual when any of the Royal Family die, or any of the Masters of Westminster; as has long been the custom, to defer the play untill the following year. But although the Duke of Sussex died this year before Whitsundtide, the Play (Phormio) was prepared as usual – and acted extremely well.
Nov.13th 1843 J. Preston
Nov 9th being the birthday of the Prince of Wales a holiday was generally expected, & one was given – But – There were to be Lock hours between 10 & 11 o’clock in the morning inclusive; also between 2 & 5 as usual; & by way of a compensation no leave out was granted. Myself and another T.B., or so, formed the only exceptions.
In consequence of the marriage of the Princess Augusta of Cambridge with the Duke of Mecklenburgh Strelitz; the event added a week to the Bartholomewtide holidays.
In consequence of the birth of a Princess April 25th the Doctor gave us an early Play on the 27th.
The subject for Deans Verses this year (1842) was “The Prince of Wales”.
W.G. Andrewes Prin. Opp.
Monday June 28th was an early play for the coronation. But Williamson, at the request of the Captain, made it a holy day, & Tuesday being a Saints day, there was leave out on both Monday & Tuesday
His Royal Highness prevailed upon Dr Williamson to give us one extra week’s holydays at Xmas
F Byron H.B.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge honoured the College Play with his presence on the 3rd night the 18th of December