No. 276

To the great grief of all connected with Westminster, Lady Augusta Stanley, after a very long and tedious illness, died at the deanery on the evening of               March   . She was buried in Henry VII chapel at the express request of the Queen. Her funeral took place on Thursday March 9th, the Rev. Lord John Thyme officiating.  Among the spectators were the Queen, Princess Beatrice, Princess Louise, Duke of Westminster, Earl and Lady Elgin, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Duke of Argyle and many other distinguished guests. There were places for twenty of the Q.S.S in the procession, and a small number of T.B.B were admitted as spectators.

The Westminster boys subscribed for a wreath of Camellias and Lilies of the Valley to be placed on her tomb.

No 377

A new regulation has been made by Mr Liddell, that once every month all the school should attend Abbey (on Sunday) at eight o’clock in the morning, when he or some other of the masters deliver a sermon exclusively to the fellows in the school, no one else being admitted. This new plan was begun on the second of June but omitted for some reason of his own in July.

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.

No 299

Monday Oct. 28th 1844 being the Feast of St. Simon & St. Jude was observed by attendance at the Abbey during morning service. But it was also the opening day of the New Royal Exchange which the Queen was to open in person. Dr Williamson therefore gave the Sixth Form leave to see the procession return from 12 till ½ past 1 & from ½ past 1 till ½ past 5 which permission was of course taken advantage of. Leave out was granted to some from Saturday noon to Monday night limited of course to throw who had invitations, & refused to others. Most however if not nearly all the Boarders had leave up Town during the day. The procession on its return disappointed many as the Queen did no come back in state.

No 288

On June 7th 1844 the King of Saxony came to view the interior of Westminster Abbey; on which occasion School broke up at ¼ to 5 but the reason was not much known, or the circumstance observed in the School, & I myself did not know it, until told it afterwards at the Fields. Dr Williamson was introduced and also two of the QS who happened to be aware of his coming & went into the Abbey at the time Dr Williamson said “he has asked a Holiday for you” & consequently a week was expected but not obtained – & instead thereof we had an Early Play – Worse than ever!

J. Preston O.P.

No 267

I shall here take it upon me to relate an incident wh. though trivial in itself may nevertheless be deemed worthy of insertion. It chanced that 2 of the smaller Townboys, Nicholson and Chambers having quarrelled resolved to end their differences in the Fighting Green. Whilst the Fight was going on a man by name Owen; who called himself the Head Constable, chose to come down and endeavour to put an end to the fight; but we, conceiving he had no right to interfere pushed him and 2 of vergers by whom he was attended out of the Green, whilst one of the Queen’s Scholars emptied the contents of a pitcher full of water over his person, upon wh. he withdrew and the fight went on. But not long after he came again, and being again defeated in his attempts to interrupt the fight, he departed and informed Williamson, upon whose approach we were obliged to decamp, and the fight of course was stopt. Williamson took no further notice of it than by making the combatants shake hands, and thus put an end to the matter.

Wm Spurway
Prin. Opp.