|1857. 2nd October. Friday
In evening College Meeting. Much talk backwards and forwards, the opposition holding to their old opinion. I thought the plan would have been rejected, but the Warden was very anxious it should be carried. At length, as the majority were for, the minority, West, Gibbings, Macrorie and Monk, very goodnaturedly agreed in a proposal of mine (carried unanimously) that we should leave it in the Warden’s hands, he knowing what our feelings were in detail. So it was adopted. On Surplice days we are to use the full service, and Wednesdays and Fridays the Litany only, on other days the shorter form of King Edward VI’s First Book.
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
William Wood, DD, Sub-Warden 1855-66 & Warden 1866-70 of Radley College