No. 47

On Monday the 11th June I went to Scott, in pursuance of a determination formed last Half – and asked him to allow the Under Remove to fag, urging several reasons, and among others, the small number of Townboys then having the power of fagging, and the necessity of keeping up discipline among the smaller fellows, and of giving the Town Boys a fair weight & influence in the upper part of the School, to counteract the (I am sorry to say) increasing predominance of the Q. S. S. He behaved very well in the matter, said that he was sorry to find so few Town Boys in the Upper part of the School, but had been endeavouring to remedy it, by awarding the absurd rules (his own words) brought him last Half, & that, had not Dowdeswell objected most strongly, he should then have allowed this fagging to continue. He took about a fortnight to consider, and then gave his formal assent to the Under Remove fagging & enjoying the same privileges as the Upper.

F. Bandinel

Prin. Opp.

 

No 569

Oct 1860               Ordered

1 That the right of fagging belongs only to Senior Townboys and Third Elections in the Sixth Form and Remove

2 That Third Elections as such have no right or power whatsoever

3 That no boy shall be punished by any Third Election Townboy below the Sixth Form, nor struck with any racket or similar instrument

4 That no Townboy shall be punished by any Queen’s Scholar except the Captain and Monitors; nor ever without the full knowledgement of the Head Townboy

5 That Minor Candidates remain for all purposes of discipline, under the authority of the Head Townboy until their Elections

6 That no boy above the Upper Fourth shall be required to fag on the T[…]’s Courts

* Rule 6 is now upended by Scott, & making up extended to the Under Vth. The reasons for this change will be seen on referencing to article 38 in the new Ledger. March/83

Added by E. R. Dowdeswell

Prin. Opp.

Barker a third election in the Upper Shell and in the Eleventh having a spite against Lockwood an Under Fourth fellow in the Eleven called him to pick up hoping to find some excuse for tanning him which being bent on he of course easily found & being supported by several seniors & third elections he took him up school & formally tanned him without the knowledge of any Sixth T.B. which as soon as we found out we these Sixth T.Bs* went to Scott & complained of this extraordinary conduct of the Q.Ss. Scott took it very coolly & did not seem inclined to do anything, on which we went to Marshall who took it up very warmly so that Scott was obliged to listen to us and on enquiring he found that the Q.Ss had both prevaricated and misrepresented the facts of the case to him and that Barker was decidedly wrong & to prevent such an open infringement of the rights of T.Bs for the future he gave us the above rules.

*Forster, Swale & myself

October 1860

P. Southby

Prin. Opp.

No 502

Fri. April 4th.) Rev. T. W. Weare, the Under Master, who has since Liddell left Westminster, made it his business to interfere in every possible way with everybody else’s, chose to give in imposition to a Sixth T.B., Maples, a thing which no master can do up school or down, but the Headmaster. The imposition was given for a trifle, which has nothing to do with the case. Going down school, Mr Weare in his benevolence kindly told Maples that he would excuse the imposition. Maples, not being particularly affected by such magnanimity, made no reply; at which Weare got angry; Maples told him the imposition was given in the beginning for nothing (too truly), at which Weare doubled the former imposition. I went with him (M.) to Scott’s house (who had not been at prayers) & explained the matter; but Scott quietly listened to me & then refuted (!!) me by saying that there was no proof that such was the rule of the school, & when I referred to Mr Weare’s own mouth (See the bottom of the third Page no. 399) Scott said there was nothing to prove that Murray had not misunderstood Weare. Against such argument there is no use reasoning. Scott finished by saying that he should give me a written rule to put in the Ledger, to the effect that every master in the school has authority over everyone in whatever form, or house. In that case we should have six Masters, excluding French &c., allocating probably without knowing what the other were about. The way in which Weare is “loved and respected” (to use his term) is not at all different from before. The Q.S. fear him on account of their elections, & hate him. The following is the new rule

In absence of the Head Master no boy in the VIth form whether Q.S. or T.B. is entitled to claim any exemption from the authority of the other Masters of the school in respect of impositions &c.

(Signed by C.B. Scott)

It is not in our power to do anything against this rule; though it is against all precedent. But I hope that whoever is Head Town Boy when we next have a new Headmaster will represent the matter to him, in order that this rule may be annulled.

A.F. Pope

Pr. Opp.

No 500

The following rule has been given out by Scott, under the supposition that it will have the effect of suppressing smoking.

Feb. 1856

“In future Milibank & the Barges are to be out of bounds, the limitation that side being College Street and Abbington Street, except that Mrs Vickers’ & Staines’ shops, the Post Office at the bottom of College Street, & in the water season only the stairs for Searles’ will be considered included.”

The above rule extends to all Seniors & the Head Town Boy.

A.F. Pope. PrOpp

No 408

Another addition to the many grievances which arouse the indignation of all Westminsters has lately been made. On the Friday before Good Friday, a rumour was afloat that no leave out was to be given from Thursday till Easter Tuesday night, as has always been the custom. This, I am sorry to say turned out too true. Leave was given from Thursday night to Good Friday night, & again from Saturday to Sunday but we were required to come into school Easter Monday & Tuesday. When Liddell came up school some fellows hissed him without intending him to hear. But I suppose that his sense of having done us an injury caused him to be on the look out, and sharpened his ears, for he afterwards sent a polite message, intimating that the captain was to loose his election, & that I was to be expelled, if any more demonstrations of sulkiness was made. I of course could do nothing but laugh at this empty threat, for I can hardly suppose that he could think I shd endeavour to impress on the fellows, that ‘‘obedience to your master is your first duty’’ & ‘‘that whatever your masters do is all for the best’’ with such like moral effusions, to save myself from an expulsion in which for such a thing I shd rather glory. Another thing in which I thing Liddell behaved badly is this. He did not come forward publicly & declare that the Easter Holidays were stopped, & I give his reasons for so doing, but as it were, let the affair be bruited about, & indeed I can hardly tell how it was made known to the school. One feels, I think, that when a Head Master declaims to speak openly about a thing like that, that he must be conscious that he has rather overstepped his proper bounds, or that he is consulting his own interests instead of those of the school, which, I fear, is how a course of proceeding wh our present master seems resolved to adopt. It is reported that we are to have an extra wk at Whitsuntide, or Bartholomew tide, but I really think that we have a right to a voice in a matter wh concerns us chiefly, & I do not see why we are to go home, & come back, at the call of a ‘‘fashionable’’ master, in defiance of the rules & customs. Besides most of us if not all wd greatly prefer a break in a long uninteresting term, to an abbreviation of our best term; & next, supposing he does give us an extra wk at either of the above named vacations as far as I can learn, we have already become entitled to one, wh was obtained at the end of the Xmas half/50. I believe that, in extenuation of this abolition of the Easter holiday, it was brought forward by the masters, that many parents complained that they were so bothered by their sons to allow them to come home at Easter, as all the others did so, that it was distressing to them to refuse them, though they did not wish to have them home. However, I suppose this was but a lame excuse, got up for the occasion, for I think that out of every ten parents, nine would wish the Easter holidays to be continued. I may however be wrong, but I leave my readers to judge.

J.M. Murray

Princeps Oppidanus

No 398

Thinking it convenient to have a list of the Princeps Oppidani from A.D. 1815 (when this ledger was first started) & thinking it might be interesting in some measure to posterity, either for a reference, or to satisfy the curious, I have traced them as accurately as I could to the present time, & hoping that if any future Prin Opp. should see any mistake he will excuse it, & take the trouble to alter it, I subscribe the following list.

1815 G.P. Sandilands
-16 G.M. Alington
G.E. Gillett
17 C.E. Walker
18 G. Shepley
18 C.A.J. Smith
18 George Bowen
19 Charles Floyer
1820 Robert L. Burton
20 William Allfrey
21 William Heberden
21 G.B. Mansel
21 E. Goodenough
21 C.O.S. Morgan
22 J.R. Wood
24 W.R. Fremantle
25 O.W.S. Trelawney
26 J. Mitchell
27 G. Chetwynd
27 George MacLeay
27 W.P. Lamb
28 David Mure
28 George Maule
1828 William Charles Rickman
29 E.H. Greathed
29 J.H. Preston
29 P.P. Williams
29 J.T. Ludlow
29 T. Blackall
1830 Abm Borradaile
31 J.R. Cornish
32 E.U. Sealy
32 R.P. Warren
34 Robt H. Hurst
34 Calverly Bewicke
35 C.D. Osborn
35 B.G. Astley
36 Lord Somerton
37 G.F. Bentinck
38 F. Byron
1840 M.F. Osborn
41 N.G. Smart
41 W.G. Andrewes
43 W.L. Spurway
44 J. Preston
45 C.F. Luttrell West
46 D. Stewart
49 W.C. Macready
*1850 J.M. Murray

I think if future Prin Opps were to inscribe there name legibly with the date on the left pages of this book, it might be useful to those who hereafter hold the office of Prin Opp.

J M Murray
Prin. Opp.

* I have not inscribed E. Evered’s name between my own & Macready’s as he was not really head Town boy vide *389
J M Murray Prin Opp

No 394

When we came back after the Bartholomewtide Holidays, 1850 I found Liddell had taken upon himself to alter every thing – In the first place he had taken the house wh Rigaud had, (before he left for the head mastership of Ipswich school) into his own hands & had put a master in it, to manage it for him. This he ought never to have done, as it had never been the case so to do & besides gave offence to the old Westminsters. The hours of School were also altered, for whereas, Monday, Wednesday & Friday were whole school days & the rest half so the present changes, make all whole schooldays except Wednesday & Saturday thereby causing a great addition of work. We have a French master (Dupont) and a mathematical master (Hose). Liddell has divided the original 6th into 6th A, 6th B & the 7th & now there are more than a quarter of the school in the ci-devant 6th & two masters to that one form. We go on the water on Wednesday & there are also ‘Fields’, but there being no bats hinders the fellows from enjoying what is falsely termed a “half holiday”. I said ‘falsely’ as we have a copy of verses to do wh take up two or three hours of the time. In my opinion & I believe in that of most others, these changes have caused general dissatisfaction & discontent.

J. Murray Murray
Princeps Oppidanus.

No 391*

Macready’s reasons for giving up the Headtownboyship to Evered who subscribes himself “Prin Opp”, were, I think, because (Macready) thought that there was going to be a row with the QS, and therefore being a great coward thought that it was better for him to be out of the row altogether. This is I am sure a true account of the matter altho’ Murray had not mentioned it in the preceding page.

R.B. Berens Prin Opp