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First  of two proofs beyond doubt that Wisden ... Plagiarised? 

another man's work

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Diary For April 1863 

Rowing Pages, Rackets and

More Horse Racing 

Contents 

The First proof

Transcription and explanatory commentary of April diary

1 page of Ms. for Rackets

2 pages in Ms. of Horse Racing 

The above page is a photograph taken from the 1864 Cricketers Handbook (First Edition of Wisden) belonging to Lords Library and is reproduced with the permission of Neil Robinson from Lords Library 

The First Proof

       

Those who do not know what the 1st edition  of Wisden's Almanack 1864 looks like may wonder just what this  very neatly written and illustrated account of the 1863 boat race between Oxford and Cambridge and written by F.E.C.Elwes soon after the event in 1863 is doing here under the heading "First of Two proofs.... F.E.C.Elwes rowed for Magdalene College and that he should/would be interested in the University Rowing Match  should be no surprise. Further down are 2 pages illustrated from the Cambridge University Intelligencer showing tables for the "Winners of the University Matches." Its no surprise either that Elwes would have access to this publication to copy from, whether his own copy or perhaps one in the O. and C. Club of which he was a member.  

       

Those who do know what the page in the first edition of Wisden 1864 that shows the  table of "university Rowing Matches" looks like will  need only look at the illustrated page below the ms. page. The first edition of Wisden is a very odd thing consisting as it does of much that has nothing to do with cricket. The page showing the University Rowing Matches is an example of such oddity. This ms. page to the side and the 2 illustrations from the Cambridge University Intelligencer page  provides the first proof beyond reasonable doubt that to some extent the 1864 first edition of Wisden  has been sourced from another man's work. This proof is to be found by comparing the table in the Ms. showing the University Matches From Their Commencement with the tables from the Cambridge University Intelligence  for the years 1863 and 1864 showing the Winners of the University Matches and the table in the 1864 First Edition of Wisden showing the University Rowing Matches  (both illustrated below). 

       

A list showing the main differences and similarities  between the  tables in the Ms. and the first edition of Wisden 1864 and the tables in the CUI is given below.

       

The column in the CUI showing the year of the 2 races for 1849 is the same in both the 1864  first edition of Wisden  and CUI, whereas the Ms. lists only 1 race in 1849 and also a race for 1850. This mistake could be Wisden just happening by coincidence to get the dates right but I suspect more likely especially given the neatness  and apparent writing without  correction that the author may have realised this mistake, told Wisden and he remembered to have it corrected.

     

The column showing the dates of the races in the CUI has been removed from both the Ms. and the first edition of Wisden 1864

       

The column showing the place where the race took place in the CUI  comes after the table showing the winner whereas in both the Ms. and the 1864 first edition of Wisden  this table comes before the table showing the winner.

       In the CUI the place where the race took place is shown by initials only, whereas in the Ms. and in the 1864 first edition of Wisden  the place where the race took place is written in full. Although where the race took place in the same place in succeeding years Wisden uses ditto marks.

      The column showing the winners in the CUI comes after the column showing the dates the races took place, whereas in both the Ms. and the first edition of Wisden 1864  the column showing the winners comes after the column showing where the races took place.

    The timing  given for the 1842 race is the same in the ms. as in the CUI. A mistake created by Wisden.

     The race timings for 1857 is different in all 3.

      The use in the ms. and in Wisden in the column "Won by" of the expression "many lengths" instead of easy .

       The Most Striking Differences and Similarities

between the CUI , the Ms. and Wisden 1st edition are to be found in the race timings  particularly for the years 1861 ,1862 and 1863.The last 3 timings given in the Ms. are exactly the same as in the first edition of Wisden 1864 and all 3 are wrong when compared with the race times in the CUI. How are the same 3 mistakes that are made in an earlier text repeated in a later text in any other way except copying. It cannot possibly  happen by coincidence.

       Nor can it be just coincidence that the table in Wisden bears such an obvious closeness to the one in the ms. The only way Wisden could make those mistakes at the end and produce a table of the university rowing matches is surely by copying and then making /adding his own touch with a few economies using dittoes. 

       There are a number of ways of proving plagiarism/copying to have taken place. One way, difficult to argue with is when the mistakes made in an earlier text (1863 ms. page showing the university rowing matches) are repeated by a later text (First Edition of Wisden  1864 showing the university rowing matches) Given the repetition of mistakes made by Wisden and the the author of the manuscript FEC Elwes:   How can Wisden not have copied this ms???

         Elwes made the initial mistakes. There are mistakes elsewhere in the Almanack that have as their more probable source Elwes.

      2 more such mistakes will be pointed out here . I have chosen these 2 mistakes because they could easily pertain to Elwes but not so easily to Wisden. The first mistake is the date given for the Battle of the Nile. In the first edition of Wisden the entry for the 1st of July reads "Battle of the Nile 1798" The actual date is  1 of August 1798. I have been unable to ascertain for sure whether Elwes had family or friends connected with this battle but he certainly had a strong naval connection. For example 2 of his half brothers Cary Charles  and  Dudley  Christopher Cary married Elinor  and Mary Ann Sophia daughters of Rear Admiral Peter Jekyll Rye of Culworth.Or his father in law who fought and gained a medal at the naval Battle of Navarino

      The other mistake is with regard to the Battle of Dettingen which took place on the 27th June. In the first edition of Wisden 1864 the entry for this battle  appears for the 16th of June and  reads "Battle of Dettingen Bavaria 1743 ."  There are many military connections  both navy and army within  the Elwes family. Whether there are any between the Elwes family and the Battle of Dettingen is unknown by me. But what is not in doubt is that there are many mistakes in the first edition of Wisden 1864  and somebody made them. As an initial source for these errors and there are more, Elwes has to be considered a possible/probable source for some of them, particularly as will be explained in much more detail  later he was not a fully fit well man,  as can be seen throughout his diary January 1863 to September 1863 

      Over the years there have been some people who really know their Wisden's  who have suspected that  the first edition of Wisden may not have been all Wisden's own work. Until now there has been no hard evidence to suggest or prove that it wasn't all his own work other than examining what is in the first edition, but it doesn't take a lot of studying by anyone who knows what the early Wisdens look like to  wonder. The cricket  yes that could easily be Wisden ,  but all the other stuff;  the rowing the lists of horserace winners , the list of British Societies the canals  etc."Was that really Wisden!" 

       This page showing the university rowing matches ms. proves beyond all reasonable doubt that the first edition of Wisden  is not solely the work of Wisden  as has been assumed up until now but to some extent is a joint effort. The question to be asked now is not "did Wisden really create the First Edition by himself?" because with the evidence that this ms. provides he so clearly didn' t, but "How much is Wisden's work and how much is someone else's?"  (ie. F.E.C. Elwes) 

       

The 2 pages illustrated above and to the side are  from the Rowing Almanacks of 1863 and 1864 are reproduced with the kind permission of Geoffrey Legget and come from the Leander Trust collection held by the Leander Club Henley-on-Thames  

An illustration of Riveaulx Abbey by the author See diary entry for April 5th

APRIL 1863

 

1. APRIL

Went to Helmesley meeting with Larry Birch at Peterboro'- Got to Gilling at 6 - 2 most capital trains from town. 2 waters the "Black swan" - Read Midshipmam Easy

( Marrytt's ) again with delight again . Found that a good deal of blowing up and objurgations would have to be done to make the hostelry comfortable- toughness of meat being the great drawback.

 

2. THURSDAY

On the big water - nobody did much - found my tackle in the most disgraceful state from not having been looked at since last year -  I lose  4 or 5 - and one good one which broke me - Larry got a few - but the weather was very difficult only those who know it well had a chance of doing anything- felt I could not throw as good a line as last year- in (fact?) I was not well or half keen.

 

3. FRIDAY (GOOD)

- big water again - Larry got a few as usual - I only one - river crowded with rods. Cast in a good many small ones as usual. found the living was most reprehensible. Phillips  Secretary called and was very civil-

 

4. SATURDAY

To Rieveaulx - in the dog cart - wind sometimes made getting a line into the water almost impossible - Larry got 14 I got only 8- but I did not work very hard - in fact I began to care very little about it. Commenced a systematic reformation in the grub - it was really necessary -

 

5. SUNDAY. EASTER

 To morning ch(urch) with Larry - service rather long - fine looking church rather. Heard from Rackham. papers came pretty regularly - I walked over to Rieveaulx - and sketched - went a new way - it brought me out at the back of the Abbey. Began to read "Such Things Are"  

 

6. MONDAY. (EASTER)

OLD LADY DAY . Div. due at BANK. We went Rieveaulx - the last accident that could interrupt my fishing - did - The wading boots at least one of them was cut right through   - Not daring to stay out all day without legs - I  went home - and proffered a pair of overall shoes - to go over some - stockings- of Larry's - L.B. got about twenty - This little stream was crowded as usual.

 

7. THURSDAY

Did not take the water at all today - I was waiting for my shoes- walked about - got through the day - Finished "Such Things Are" - Larry got a good basket at Rieveaulx - a ceremony took place among the natives called "Riding the Stang " equivalent to Rough Music - Expressing the popular disgust at a man ill using ( & kicking an old creature of 80 -  lodging in his house - three nights this took place.

 

8. WEDNESDAY

Got one grayling on the Big River - Larry did rather better - but the water was getting more difficult every day - I was getting very tired of it indeed - Grub improved from constant admonitions - Commenced Maretimo a lively little story       

 

April 1

Helmesley is a place in Yorkshire and it is a possibility  that he and Larry Birch were fishing the   River Rye where the Ryedale Anglers Club now fish. This club was set up by a group of friends in 1846  to fish for trout . Whether Elwes or members of his family were some of the original members is unknown.

 "Objurgation"  an unusual word to use, used perhaps by someone who might also use the term "bi-ssextile or leap year " The unusual expression for a leap year used on the title page of the 1864 first edition of Wisden

"Read Midshipman Easy" Inthis book is a character named Mesty a former prince now slave. 

Might this be the inspiration for the March  7th entry in the Almanack section of the 1864 first edition of Wisden "Slave trade abolished 1807" 

 

April 3

Wherever he is staying it is clearly not up to scratch

 

April 4

Rievaulx  Abbey see pen and ink sketch above. 

 

April 5 

The day he sketched the pen and ink drawing above

"Such Things Are" A play 1787 by Elizabeth Inchbald

 

April 6

"Div. due at bank" The 1864 first edition of Wisden  contains an entry in early April for "Dividends due at Bank" According to his banking records Elwes did receive dividends in early April. 

 

April 7

"Riding the Stang"  Several related meanings. Usually applied to a man mistreating his wife.

 

April 8

His "objurgations" at least seem to have worked satisfactorily even if the fishing didnt go so well.

"Maretimo"  A book initially published in parts 1854-5 St.John Bayle 

APRIL  1863

9 .THURSDAY

At RIEVEAULX got about 1/2 dozen was a fool for not getting higher up - or then I should have got a deal more water to myself - Got over my stockings - and came home a good deal earlier than I intended - felt very anxious to leave - being thoroughly tired of it.

 

10. FRIDAY

Felt very unwell but for the want of anything else to do - I flogged the river again - a grayling was all that found its way to my pannier but I found that Old Smith and others - from the want of water - & the cold air were doing no better- L.B. & Sturry went round Rieveaulx & worked very hard for fish to take away they got a great lot between them

 

11. SATURDAY

To town via Gilling and Malton. Fair train from York. In about 5-30 - Found George Murray at Kensington - did not feel particularly well - but more from disappointment in sport than anything else.

 

12. SUNDAY. LOW.S. 1. AFT.EASTER  

in the morning - worked vigorously - at the backward diary - wrote letters - Met H.W.L. Misses and bull terrier in the Park Helen and spouse - looked in (????) Finished "Peter Simple" Miss Grueber in the evening.

 

13. MONDAY  

To Rackham's - arranged about the notes of hand  - in fact by a little judicious arrangement I might be called whitewashed . At Wisden's - Luncheoned at the club. Minnie as usual to Monday Pop vieux - temps . there again

 

14. TUESDAY

Malton who I went to see was out he always is I think. paid bills - Found Payne's much heavier than I thought it might be - Abud and Collinghwood's what we expected - made many calls - Carry Thompson also - Edith Alice saw Caroline at Cadogan Place - could not find Winsor.

 

15. WEDNESDAY

Heard from C.C.B. - proposed that Minnie should have an allowance - we thought it over and agreed to it. it was not a new subject for consideration - Very seedy felt I - Got purged dreadfully - another tooth coming thro' of all horrid things Oxford and Cambridge terms begin

 

16. THURSDAY

Into town At Houghton's - George Murray and Mortlock dropped into luncheon - everybody always does when there is nothing to eat - went out for some air at Wisden's met old Tom Box who had set up a house in town-     

April 12

Over the next few months there are many days spent working very hard over diary.  

Peter Simple Another novel by Marryatt

 

April 13

At Wisden's

"Vieux temps" How much French Elwes knew is unknown. But part of a gentleman's education would have been spent learning French and quite probably French culture and history perhaps. This together with some entries still to come  may help to  explain why there are a substantial number of French entries in the Almanack.Why or how Wisden put them in is anybody's guess. The puzzle of their inclusion has an explanation if Elwes were the source. 

 

April 14

Unknown who these people were although Carry Thomson reappears .

 

April 15

Elwes's bank records do show money being paid from his account and to his wife.

The beginning of the Oxford and Cambridge terms is of enough significance to Elwes to include it in his day to day diary, and are event dates that occur throughout the year in the almanack section of the 1864 first edition of Wisden.  

 

April 16

"Went for some air at Wisden's met old Tom Box who had set up a house in town"

As a boy soon after his father died Wisden went to live with Tom Box who was the wicketkeeper for Sussex. Tom Box for a while at least was a less than successful publican in London (town)

APRIL 1863

 

17. FRIDAY

Went into town - Did find Malton at home for once - Douglas's  - Met Drummonds  - Houghton's Began Peregrine Pickle not having looked at it for 20 years - desperately hot and fuggy - got a white hat at Anche'l's I believe  Carry's dog Romeo arrived

 

18. SATURDAY

Abud and Collingwood's (small mendings) settled with Rackham Minnie's new allowance. I mean letters given  to Goslings to carry out the new arrangements - Home early - Mr. Pitt Taylor and son called - a fine man Mr. P.T.  Winsor, Caroline and Carry - came but we only saw the last two mentioned.

 

19. SUNDAY.2AFT.EASTER

Minnie out all day To Zoological Gardens with one of H.W. L. orders. Met him and Misses there - alas no bull terrier  (spoil at the Egyptians) Big baboon great fun - got hold of a man's stick nobody could get it off him. he managed it so cleverly - Saw  Jack Masters - but not to speak too - Arthur Peel swaggering about. H.W.L.'s opinion of him quite coincides with mine - found Teddy at 39 on my return - Minnie arranged to go to Ryde while the house was doing out.

 

20. MONDAY

Into town very warm day indeed. Douglas Wisden's - Tom Box there - great cricket talk - Worked very hard at back diary - Beginning to get very tired of London again . yearned for country - and bracing air - not smoke and grease like the great Metropolis -

 

21. TUESDAY

Minnie went to Ryde. Did several little odds and ends - in town - at Wisden's - trying to get the old Bell's lives - to make out omitted - sporting intelligence for the diary etc. called at C.C.B.'s not come home but Mrs. C.C.B. was expected that afternoon. 

 

22. WEDNESDAY

Refused an invite to L.B.'s by mistake. Into town - at 27 Conduit Street arranged to dine with (the Drummonds and co) luncheoned at home - at Abud and Collingwood's - walked out again and dined at 7 with Teddy - smoked 2 capital cheroots - beautiful night walked home - accepted my invite to the Birch's as I found it was Thursday not Wednesday -

 

23. THURSDAY

Into town and did various odds and ends- above everything going to Wisden's to get my diary thro' the Bell's Lives. I dined with the Birch's Capital dry sherry- at the club afterwards and walked home -

April 17

 Peregrine Pickle Novel by Tobias Smollet

 

April 19

"Arthur Peel swaggering about"  Elwes appears not to like Arthur too much.  Possibly the son of Sir Robert Peel who is joined to the 1864 first edition of Wisden by  the entry for November 18 which reads  "Metropolitan Police established 1829." It was Robert Peel who was responsible for its founding.   

"Minnie Arranged to go to Ryde" Elwes had a number of relatives and connections living in Ryde  and the Isle of Wght. Who she was staying with is not known.

     What makes this interesting though is the fact that in 1871 it is known thanks to the 1871 census that Wisden was in Ryde and nobody knows why. Could he have been seeing other members of the Elwes family or is it just a coincidence that they happened to live in Ryde.

  

April 20

At Wisden's again as was Tom Box cricketer. How interesting it would be to know just what the "great cricket talk" was.

 

April 21

At Wisden's again. Wisden is known to have had some sort of sporting library where old copies of sporting newspapers were kept. Presumably the "sporting intelligence" is for the pages either just preceeding and or  following the April diary   

 

April 23

At Wisden's again. Still playing catch up with his diary but it would seem if these diary entries are to be believed  as if the most important thing he has to do in life is this  diary/manuscript. 

April 1863

 

24. FRIDAY

Did a great deal of diary in the morning - then into town - looked over Bell's Lives at Wisden's - Went to Abud and Collingwood's Luncheoned and dined at home - house reappearing from chaos - carpets getting down - Commenced La Beata an Italian story among the artists.

 

25. SATURDAY

Into town at the club - Abud and Collingwood's - at Wisden's did not see him BUT GOT  some Bell's lives - Met Malton for a few minutes Arranged  about gradually leaving off medicine. Heard that Minnie was not coming till later - finished La Beata - a little adjunct - Romeo and Juliet of Florence

 

26. SUNDAY- 3 AFT. EASTER

At the Zoological again with H.W. L's order . Took great notice of the bears which are magnificent . Saw carnivora fed- looked at the French  way of breeding salmon- wh. - they say is most successful- Went  by Baker Street & home by Bryanston sq. - Dont know wh. is the best.

 

27. MONDAY

Minnie returned in the afternoon rather to my astonishment - Enjoyed her visit to Ryde - a pretty place & muffins always offered (?????) Did a good deal of back diary - in the morning - House nearly comfortable again - 

 

28. TUESDAY   

Carry came to stay her Roman bow wow Romeo ( another sort of Spitz to Chow ) having preceded her - The Mortlocks - and Helen to luncheon - Town - at Abud and Collingwood's Douglas's - we all dined at home-

 

29. WEDNESDAY

Carry and Minnie  going over to Helen's - I dined at the club - had a capital dinner had  a good bottle of still  Moselle- but had to wait rather- the club like so many others  was getting to small for the increasing no. of members- Met one very nice fellow a new member - Taylor-

 

30. FRIDAY

Caroline and Charlotte to luncheon - Felt a little seedy - Malton called afterwards  - Laurence Peel & Chapman - Minnie and Carry at Helen's again. Goslings book turned up better than I expected- Wrote to Walland with a view of going there to pay a duty visit  ---  

April 24

More Diary and to Wisden's to look over again at Bell's Live's 

"Carpets getting down" is of some significance to the Almanack section of the 1864 first edition of Wisden . At the foot of the  Amanack's entry for October is the legend  "Kidderminster Carpets 1735 "I cant help thinking that one of the carpets that was being put down bore a label reading along the lines of  " Kiddeminster carpets were first manufactured in 1735" and that this label provided  the source for this entry at the foot of the October section of the Almanack 

La Beata a novel by Thomas Adolphus Trollope

 

April 25

At Wisden's again and viewing more Bell's Live's

 

April 26

Another French reference, this time to a way of breeding salmon. Worthy of mention because of the significant quantity of French material in the Almanack section of the 1864 first edition of Wisden. Was this French material, some of which is shall I say a little esoteric, really inserted by Wisden    

 

April 27

More back diary

 

April 30

 Whether Laurence Peel is, as Arthur Peel maybe, related to Robert Peel is unknown.  

 

  

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