No 272

The Queen Scholar and Town Boy Heads of the Water having proposed a race between the Town Boys (in the 5th and 4th) and the Minor Candidates it was arranged that they should race in the heavy 4 oared boats belonging to each from Vauxhall to Battersea. The Townboys were victorious by a great deal, but it being resolved that another trial should be made they again raced from West. Bridge to Battersea and the result was as before in favour of the Townboys: The crews of the 2 boats were as follows:

T.B. Crew
Goodenough jun. Stroke
Salter
Armistead
Wrangham

Phillpott

M.C. Crew
Rich jun. Stroke
Williams
Brown
Scratton

Cotton

W Spurway
Prin. Opp.

No 263

March 1 – 1842

A quarrel between the TB & QSS which lasted some time began this day in consequence of Beasley a Bishops’ Boy in the Sixth having licked a Second Election.*

The facts are as follows –

The Captain* having head that this fellow in the 2d Election has been licked, sent to Beasley saying that he wished to speak to him. He went accordingly alone and unarmed, not the least suspecting what the QSS were about to do. When he arrived at College doors the Captain met him & hit him several times with a stick. Most of the QSS were there ready as they said afterwards to set on Beasley if the Captain had not been sufficient of himself with his stick to lick his unarmed enemy whose only offence was wearing a purple gown instead of a black one. But Beasley seeing about 30 to 1* thought it better to refer to Williamson at once & after a great deal of palaver & bother it ended in the Captain sending an apology to the Head of the T.B. Peace was now nominally restored, but the QSS refused to have Beasley in the boat which was to race with Eton which again occasioned a deal of quarrelling & letters were sent to Eton to say that the boat which was preparing to race them was not the Westminster proper boat unless Beasley rowed in it.
Several letters appeared in Bell’s Life upon the subject but as Beasley was taken ill about a week before the reach took place it at once put an end to any doubt concerning his rowing in the boat.

W.G. Andrewes Prin. Opp.

* W.K.R. Bedford, but who stepped in [&] impeded him whilst running after some other Boy.
G. Preston

It was not however Bedford’s fault at all that this disgraceful occurrence came to such a height, but of some other Under Election.

* He had offered to fight anyone of them on the spot, singly, but as in all probability they did consider themselves a match whilst alone, they preferred the unfair and disgraceful way related here.

No 256

This year Eton did not send us any challenge to row them. Probably they did not challenge us because there was a great deal of scarlet fever in the school, which must have greatly hindered their rowing. Roberts had just built us a beautiful new boat, suited to our strength. And people who had seen the Etonian crew, allowed that we should have had a very good chance with them.
The eight was then as follows:
Smith QS
Simpson QS
Randolph QS
Beasley TB
Goolden QS
Haggard QS
Deacon TB
Prout Stroke QS
Hallet steerer TB

N.G. Smart
Prin. Opp.

No 241

This year, (1840) The Etonians sent us a challenge to row them from Westminster to Putney. Although the crew was not so good as it was the last time we were prevented from rowing them, yet we wished for the race. Knowing however, by past experience, that it was useless to attempt the race without Williamson’s consent, Richards, our stroke, went off to obtain it. Being however refused, and two of the crew leaving unexpectedly, we were obliged to send an answer to Eton to say that several reasons (which were mentioned) prevented us from rowing them at the time they mentioned, but offering to do so in our holidays. This however, they declined, and the match was therefore broken off.

The eight was then as follows:

Glyn QS
Prout QS
Byron TB
Curteis TB
Hodgson TB
Beasley TB
Greenlaw QS
Richards QS stroke


Osborn TB Steerer


M.F. Osborn
Prin Opp

No 233

The Head of the KS. Water having challenged the Head of the TB water to produce a four (the said four not being in the 6th or upper Shell) to equal the under election four, the following were chosen and went on to practice –

Town boys
(Stroke) Beasley (Scott’s)
Hughes (Grant’s)
Thomas (Bentall’s)
Burton (Scott’s)

King’s Scholars
(Stroke) Prout
C. Randolph
Cocks
Merewether

After It accordingly took place on Wednesday July (17th) when the Town boys were proclaimed the winners by ½ a minute.

F Byron Prin. Opp.

(vide Water Ledger)

No 229

This year the King College eight elated with some petty victories over small and insignificant clubs sent us a challenge which was of course never given the least attention to, the heads of the water merely saying that, as they never rowed London clubs they could not break the rule to row King’s College
Vide Water Ledger

F Byron Prin. Opp.

A similar but more “settling” answer was sent from Eton whom they challenged.

Added by F Byron H.B.