Between Xmas and Whitsuntide 1850 a silver racket was bought by subscription throughout the school to be played for annually by TBs & QSS. The competition for it was great and the play was well contested by the various competitors. Balfour, W.S. however succeeded eventually in winning it.
Added by Everard Evered
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.
A six-oar has been got up and kept up very well indeed during the half. The rowing has not diminished notwithstanding the QS Head of the Water is kept off for the whole half year.
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:
- Horne QS
- Wright TB
- Stokes QS
- Eminson QS
- Mure TB
- Macready T.B.
- Cook QS
- Barnes QS
I regret to state that some misunderstandings have taken place between the TBs & QS.s which might have ended in serious consequences.; but were amicably settled by Liddell – A QS, the second monitor thrashed another B.B. in the sixth with a cane in college (and I may here mention that he had before nearly been expelled for making two boys fight against my orders, as it was a perfect absurdity) for challenging the 3rd monitor to fight. This coming to Liddells ears he was so enraged that the two boys were put down from monitors, and confined to the green for the rest of the half. Every body including many QSs thought the whole proceeding on Mr Liddells part most just.
The annual Lamprobatic Cricket Match took place as usual, on Thursday the 21st of June, in which the Queen Scholars were beaten by the Town Boys the Town boys having three wickets to go down.
William Charles Macready
The Cloisters under College were a little time before this converted into 3 rooms for the day apartments for QS.
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
The annual TB & QS cricket match was won this year by QS by 5 runs see Cricket Ledger__
The Lamprobatick between QS and TB was won by the later in one innings & 17 runs to spare
See also Cricket Ledger
Some of the choristers who were in the school having been hit & kicked by some of the QS for not stopping the ball well in green and the organist J. Turle having shown up to Dr Williamson he expressed his wish to me that they should not be obliged to go into the green and the next day as Head-master said he thought it would be best for them not to go in at all.