|1855. September 11th. Tuesday
News from the Crimean War
News arrived by this morning’s post of the Taking of Sebastopol!!! This is indeed glorious. It took place on Sunday. The Warden had word sent in a letter, Lord Panmure having telegraphed to the Mayor of Oxford. I rushed out and told the boys as I had done last year when we heard of the Alma. They all ran out and a gave a spontaneous and hearty cheer.
Mr. Bartley read “Julius Caesar”.
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