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 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

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 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 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 312

It may perhaps appear a trivial & needless circumstance for me to mention here yet as I have frequently heard the point contested & still remain unanswered I may as well add here what I ought rightly to have inserted higher up viz that to settle the point it was resolved this year that when the pancake was thrown in School on Shrove Tuesday it should be retained whole by Barton a Q.S. after a shew of scrambling & “greasing” who should then make the experiment on Dr. Turton as to whether a Sovereign was obtainable or no on the representation of the School Pancake at the Deanery – whole – I am happy to add as an excitement and stimulus to future exertions that the result of the experiment was highly satisfactory & that the fortunate possessor returned from the Deanery 20s heavier in the pocket than when he went.

J. Preston O.P.