No. 37

In honour of the Princess Alexandra of Denmark’s arrival in London Scott has given us an early play on Saturday to see the procession. Leave out has also been given from Tuesday at 12.30 till 10am on Wednesday morning, to see the illuminations. Leave will be given to those who are unlucky enough not to get an invitation, till 11pm.

E. R. Dowdeswell

Prin. Opp.

 

No 23

Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, came of age on Sunday the 9th of Nov., but owing to it being on a Sunday it was kept all over the Kingdom (except Westminster) on Monday. That is we did not keep it properly. It being Monday we of course expected leave till 10. This we did not get, so I went with Phillimore (captain) to Scott after breakfast to demand an early play: he would not hear of it, but said he would look at the “Papers” & see if it was to be kept here. We were not content, & went to him a second time, armed with the “Times” which gave notice that all the abbey and two government offices were to suspend business for the day in honour of the Prince’s birthday. He was of course obliged to yield but only gave a half holiday & that with very bad grace. It was very shabby of him, for it is not every year that a Prince of Wales comes of age. In fact it is more than 80 since George 4th arrived at the age of manhood. However, we will hope that when the next Prince of Wales comes of age, the majority may be kept with more loyalty at Westminster & that the School (being a Regia Schola) may be permitted to rejoice, in a sensible way, at any blessing which befalls the Royal Family.

E.R. Dowdeswell

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No 422

The Eunuchus (which was the play fixed for last year, but not acted *) was repeated this year acted with great spirit, some of the performers playing their parts in first rate style. H.R.H. Prince Albert was present on the 3rd night & expressed himself much pleased. I am happy to say that this year there was no repetition of the unpleasant circumstances which attended the play at Xmas /50. V. 399.

 

Xmas/51

John A Whitaker
Prin. Opp.

No 368

The play (the Andria) was stopped this year in consequence of the death of her late lamented Majesty the Queen Dowager notwithstanding the efforts of the head Q.S. & head monitor who positively got a Royal Command to continue it as usual. Dr Liddell would not accept the command and they were sold.

W.C. Macready Prin. Opp.