The Westminster and Eton Race is again a reality. It was rowed this evening Aug 3rd from Putney Bridge to the end of Chiswick Eyot and although Westminster did all that Westminster could do one was obliged to succumb to the superior weight of the […]. The Etonians had a splendid crew much older and heavier than Westminster (this averaged 8 1/8lbs heavier). They rowed in splendid style. We were beat by 50 seconds. Westminster taking the lead about a quarter of a length at first when Eton went ahead and Westminster rowed a hard and plucky stern race the rest of the way. We had not been in out racing boats long enough, while Eton had always been accustomed to row in the boat they raced in. It would be better if the first eight for the future always rowed in an outrigger as the race is to be continued. We must hope for better luck next time, therefore we pride ourselves on the fact that the Westminster stroke was acknowledged the best oar in the […] by both Westminsters and Etonians and rowed most pluckily all through the race. The Etonians would not dine after the race as the Head Masters of Eton and Westminster wished to limit the number of guests invited to the dinner, which the Eton crew “voted out”. So we had dinner by ourselves at Putney.
J. C. Hawkshaw
At last we have got the Eton race. I went to Scott today and he said he would let us row under certain conditions which he afterwards told me this that he and Goodford (Head Master of Eton) should each choose an umpire and that the Umpires should choose to referee. Also that there should be certain restrictions as to the length of course, moreover that their eight should undergo a medical examination. I went to Eton informing them of what had taken place. And we now wait until the umpires are chosen when I hope all will be satisfactorily decided.
J. C. Hawkshaw
On our return to Westminster Sept 28th the weather was so fine that Scott gave general water leave.
J. C. Hawkshaw
We rowed the Leander this year from Putney to Mortlake Ship Inn, and licked them by a quarter mile.
Row. A. Tomlinson T.B
2 A. W[XXX XX] T.B
3 A. Chapman Q.S
4 B. Thomas T.B
5 A.C. Onslow Q.S
6 J.C. Hawkshaw T.B
7 W.S. Whight Q.S
Stroke J. Foster T.B
Cox J. M. Yales T.B
The race of the T.B. and Q.S. Cup was rowed on Friday 28th. We tossed for boats and they got the first 8, which of course was half the race it being new this year. Before starting we agreed to turn back and start again if a foul occurred. We had not gone far before a foul occurred and we turned back and started again. It was an oar and oar race to the Old Swan, when they went slightly ahead. We picked up and passed through Battersea Bridge, whether first of second I can hardly say. Both claimed the race and there being no umpire a violent dispute occurred. We offered to row them again but they refused and one of them, I am glad to say not on the Water, behaved in a most regretful manner to me, who being so unwarranted with the cup did all I could to prevent its being guarded for. But my efforts were of no avail for they obstinately refused to row again. I told them might choose their own umpires and they chose A. Tair Esq., the brother of Tair the Q.S., who was on the bridge at the time, and he gave the race in this favour. I shall say nothing more about the race though I heartily wish it had been better decided.
This year owing to the abominable state of the river the Water was put a stop to down below Putney not even the eight being allowed to go on. We (the eight) however managed to get leave to go to Putney and Scott let us have school at ¼ to 3 and come out at ¼ to 5 in order to catch the train at 5 ¼ from Waterloo but as this did not stop at Putney we had to walk from Wandsworth so that in the end we got a great deal more walking than rowing. At last however we found a train which stopped at Putney and by this means we managed to get about an hours row. The only way to keep up the rowing at Westminster which the river continues in this state will be to begin early in the year before it has begun to swell. On Wednesdays and all other holy days I have got leave for as many fours as possible to go to Putney to try if possible to keep up the rowing among the small boys: there are an innumerable number of T.B’s on the Water this half.
A silver cup was presented to us this year by John Hawkeshaw Esq. C.E. to be rowed for annually by the Town Boys and Queen Scholars in eights, the names of the winning boat to be engraved on it every year. There are dates and spaces, up to the year 1974 from 1859 including 16 years. It is to be kept each year by the T.B. or Q.S. Head of Water according as the TB or Q.S. eight wins it and at the end of the 16years is to belong to the T.B’s or QS’s according as they won it the most times, if they have both won it 8 times a race is to be rowed the last year to decide who is to possess it (this is something sanctioned by the donor).
J. C. Hawkeshaw
We had an early play on March 1st as usual – no leave out, though it fell on a Monday. Lord Lansdowne asked for one on the 17th. We also had leave out on Easter Monday, as an equivalent to Good Friday.
On the 27th of March the Eight had leave to see the Oxford & Cambridge race.
We had an early play which was asked for by Mr. Mowbray, an Old Westminster who had taken office under Lord Derby; April 10th.
This year the early play which we usually have the day after the last challenge, the Min. can. early play, unfortunately “coincided”, as Scott said, with one that he had promised us to honour Mr. Southey, who has obtained a first class at Oxford; we could not get both from Scott.
A.F. Pope, Prin. Opp.
During the Water Season another attempt was made to get up the Old Westminster and Eton race, but on Freeman putting the question to Liddell, he said that it was to be put down in the respective Ledgers that he was never to be asked again.
Captain of the Eight
A great many races have taken place this half, as well as cricket matches, Liddell very liberally giving “early Plays” when asked for among the Principal Races were between our Eight and the Leander, and also with the Old Westminsters. For further practicalities see Water Ledger & cricket etc.-