No 370

Notwithstanding the order given against ditch leaping by Mr Liddell, this old custom took place as usual & was well attended. I think it a very beastly practice, and also a senseless one and should not have given my sanction to it had I been in school. I advise future Head town boys to do their best to put a stop to this custom which cannot be productive of any good to anyone.

W.C. Macready
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.

No 363

This year, Liddell in consequence of the extreme negligence of the Upper Election, would not give the eight leave off lock in, to go to the Thames Regatta nor even have off names in the evening. However we accomplished it in the evening by hard pulling and came in for one or two sculling matches of no very great interest.

N.B. The eight was as follows:

    1. Horne QS
    2. Wright TB
    3. Stokes QS
    4. Eminson QS
    5. Mure TB
    6. Macready T.B.
    7. Cook QS
    8. Barnes QS

Cox Balfour

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.

No 341

The eight asked leave on the 29 of April (when there was an early play for the Westminster dinner) to go there accustomed row to Richmond but after some deliberation were refused as Mr Weare stated to the Head Master that it was only a leave of recent years although now the names would not allow as the time by which before the recent leave was given that Westminsters were enabled to go up the river

Charles F Luttrell West

No 340

An order was issued from Mr Liddell on the advice of Mr Weare (according to his own confession than TB one & all upper & under Elections also should always be on station

leave off was however given to the Head TB & Captain & Monitors. This gave great offence and altho the forms below Upper Shell were always obliged to go yet that the Upper Shell & 6th should be was an unheard of rule, the Upper elections too were highly indignant it is however much relaxed now & I hope will not hang heavily on the shoulder of those that come hereafter. As it were by mutual consent however the liberty-boy was not chaired on the Under Master’s steps & the way before his house passed in silence much to his disgust he gave next day leave off station to several seniors who have been confined to it & at the same time said he had intended to do so before last the occurrence of the yesterday.

CFL West

No 337

There was soon after the Xmas holidays a misunderstanding between the TBs & QSS. which nearly ended in serious consequences to one of the QS. a TB home boarder in the fifth having been sent for by a QS to come into the green of a Saturday morning refused & he alleged as excuse that the junior who was sent wanted to make him come on his (the junior’s) own authority. On the following Monday he was kept up School and licked & that severely by several of the seniors on his returning home to breakfast his mother contrary to the boys’ own wish started immediately and showed the affair up to Liddell. I was out on leave at the time ie. the Saturday it happened & did not hear any thing of it till the  licking was all over. I however gave out my intention of fighting the senior who had licked him in the Green & especially as he said he should if he pleased do the same again, the fight did not however take place as myself and Rich (the Captain) were sent for to Liddells & after a long discussion, in which both Mr Weare & Mr Liddell took my part saying he had no right to touch, or order in any way a TB, Mr Liddell said he should shew it up to the Dean, he did & the QS were all called before him & after a long address during which (as had also been for some days) an expectation was fully entertained by all that the QS was about to be expelled. He was not however but received a severe reprimand & told that the next time such a thing happened expulsion would follow as a matter of course. Mr Liddell then confirmed the rule that the TBB & QSS are different & independent bodies, Rich having given me his word on the part of the QSS that such a thing should not again occur, we went before Liddell & told him so before the Dean addressed them, & which has I am happy to say been strictly attended to since.

C F Luttrell West

No 319

A misunderstanding having arisen in the School as to whether W. Green was to be considered head Town-boy because, although he had entered the sixth previous to me I had taken him in the next examination, Green & myself looked carefully over the Ledger and finding it was not without a precedent, it was agreed that I was properly entitled to be considered Head Town-boy.

C.F.L West O.P.

I have understood now from the Masters as well that the Head TB being a boarder is head also of the HB

C.F.L West

No 300

On Octr 31st 1844 during the time usually occupied in playing at Football the Ball having bounded repeatedly over the railings of the Green, was at last detained by the assembled ‘scis without; nor was until some sharp blows had been given & received that the Ball was again forcibly restored. After the game was finished a fight arose in Bowling Street between a Fourth Town Boy of the name of Green & a ‘Sci about his own size, a crowd soon collected near the spot, & there being but few Westminsters there, & but one Sixth Fellow (a Town Boy) it was deemed necessary to send off for a detachment of certain T.B.s and QSs assembled at Shottons who immediately were on the spot the dispute or rather fight ending in nothing at all, the disturbance temporarily died away and would have done so entirely had not a “surly quarrelsome Irish superintendant”* of Police collared a Town Boy (Andrewes) & proceeded to menace him with “divers thumps in sundry places”. This he at any rate did not prove his right to carry into execution, but during the time he was arguing with Andrewes, some Beer was obtained & drank by several of us. This he took hold of & in lieu of something better, informed Dr. Williamson of the fact. *Eight of us next day were called in & accused of disorderly conduct & language, by the Doctor, & acquitted with the exception of the one who had meddled with the Porter who got *100 lines. The Question being then put to Dr. Williamson, as to what was the proper manner of proceeding in such circumstances, the undermentioned answer was given. For in the present instance, if we did not act, we were liable to be insulted; & if we did resent injury, to be taken up “That if an aggression were made by a ‘sci upon a Westminster, & the matter terminated in fighting, in case it were brought before him, he should take no steps to punish. That in case he was violating the laws of the land, & breaking the peace; his authority would not be recognised as sufficient to protect him. That now Dean’s Yard, the cloisters & even the Abbey itself were put under the hands of the Police; if he himself were quieting a row, which was going on before his own doors, & the Police were to interfere, he could not prevent their taking up even a Q.S. – That if a ‘sci attacked a Westminster & a fight ensued, he could not expect other Westminsters to stand quietly by, & that if he (the ‘sci) got a licking, he richly deserved it; yet that as gentlemen the Westminster ought to withdraw from & avoid rather than excite & encourage such disturbances. That fighting amongst each other was not allowed by the rules of the School, although where it was not of serious character it was not interfered with, & that if the authorities complained to him he must stop it. At the same time that he professed his willingness to lay the case before, the Superintendants’ (Lowies) superiors if we thought we had been unfairly dealt with. That there always was some little difficulty attending these matters, but that we must accommodate ourselves to matters as far as we could. That if a Westminster of inferior size were defended by one of a superior size against one ‘sci or more, & that one or more of his opponents were threshed at the time or even one or two days afterwards, he thought the law could not take hold of it, but if after a greater interval of time he thought it could. That in the present case he would be content with receiving from each an assurance that he individually did not behave himself with impropriety, & would proceed to punish any one no further” Which assurance we each did give him. I felt satisfied that Dr Williamson had done us justice & to use his own expression had fairly and equitably considered and decided upon the case in point.

I have taken so much space up for this insertion knowing that such things as this frequently occur & I thought it might be useful to refer to hereafter.

*Alluding to the character he bore among the force, as another Policeman informed us.

*The names were
J. Preston T.B Sixth
G. Gillett T.B. Sixth H.B.
C.G. Andrewes T.B. Sixth
W. Green T.B. Upper Shell H.B.
F. Cooper Q.S. Senior
A. Merewether Q.S. Senior
C.R. Bedford Q.S. 3d Election
D. Markham Q.S. 3d Election

*of which 50 were let off