|1856. May 14th. Wednesday
Exams, lost luggage and new jobs
Wet morning. Left at 10.50. Reached Oxford at 3½. Went in to Trinity and saw Pinder and Haddon in Hall, the Scholarship examinations going on.
Walked out alone, having left my bag for the bus, which however in a fit of sulks, did not bring it. A wet walk, reached Radley in time for Chapel.
Owen arrived after tea, as we were walking on the Terrace. He had a letter from Jowett offering him an appointment as Professor at Bombay. Strange that it should have synchronized with affairs here. The Warden has just been in to my room to say how sorry he should be personally if Owen were to accept it, and he would like Owen to know.
William Wood’s Diary 1855-1861, ed. by Mark Spurrell, is available from Oxfordshire Record Society. These excerpts are presented to give a flavour of life at Radley in the 1850s