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Friday Apr 10 1795 (p 3 col d)

MARRIED Yesterday Mr Henry Sterry, of Crutched-friars, to Miss Beatrice Harman, of Clapton.

Saturday 24 Feb 1827

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, GUILDHALL, FEB. 23.
(Sittings after Hilary Term, before the LORD CHIEF JUSTICE and Common Juries.)
STERRY V. FOREMAN.

This was an action for slander.
Mr. Sergeant WILDE stated, that the plaintiff was a captain in the merchant service, and had commanded a vessel belonging to the defendant, called the Cosmopolite. On the 13th of September last the plaintiff and the defendant met on the Royal Exchange, when some altercation arose between them respecting some bills which had been drawn by the captain on the defendant for the expenses of the vessel, and which he refused to accept, and on being pressed to do so, he said to the plaintiff that he was a disgrace to society, and as bad as a highway robber, and not fit to be on the Royal Exchange, in company with gentlemen. These were the words complained of, which being said on the Royal Exchange by the owner of a ship to a captain, were likely to, and had proved, very injurious; the plaintiff having been unable to obtain any employment for some time after, as those persons who were able to recommend him were afraid to do so, from what they had heard said by the defendant.

Several witnesses were called, who proved that they had the power of obtaining employment for the plaintiff, and should have done so, had it not been for the expressions made use of by the defendant on the Royal Exchange. In consequence of this want of recommendation, the plaintiff had remained out of employment for some months.

Mr Sergeant SPANKIE, for the defendant, contended, that there was not much in these words which could tend to the injury of the plaintiff. They had been spoken in the heat of passion, into which the defendant had been excited by the plaintiff, who had gone to the Royal Exchange merely to "hector and bully" him. There had, no doubt, been great excitement on both sides, but the words has been said without any malicious intent. If the jury, however, should be of the opinion that those words related to the employment of the plaintiff, he was aware that their verdict must be for the plaintiff; but he thought, under the circumstances of the case, it would be for very trifling damages.

The LORD CHIEF JUSTICE in summing up observed, that this was an action for slander. The question for the jury to decide would be, whether there was any malice in the words which were complained of. Malice, in the general acceptation of the word, meant anger; but in law it meant any thing dobe wickedly or unjustly. It would be for them, therefore, to decide whether the defendant, in the words made use of, meant to impute to the plaintiff any dishonesty. It certainly appeared to his Lordship that he did intend to impute dishonesty. This imputation was made in the presence of a number of shipowners and masters of vessels, at a time and place where it was calculated to do great injury. It appeared, that the plaintiff had in consequence been for some time out of employment; it would be, therefore, for the jury to consider what compensation in damages should be given to remunerate him.

The Jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict for the plaintiff - Damages 100l

29 Oct 1834

Our dapper-witted contemporary the Globe, which has been peculiarly happy lately in finding mares' nests, was more than usually successful last night in the publication of some letters addressed by Mr. Sterry to this paper. The facts of the affair may be stated in a few words. We entertained a different opinion to that of Mr. Sterry upon a case which may possibly still be remembered by some of our contemporaries under the title of the "Barking case". Mr. Sterry says that he sent us the grounds of his opinion so long ago as the 29th September. We dare say he did, but most certainly they did not reach our hands until he sent them a second time, on the 17th inst., and we told Mr. Sterry so. We had previously stated that, until the opinion of the Attorney-General, which was to be taken upon the point, appeared, we thought it a waste of time to discuss the matter; and as the opinion of Mr. Sterry did not appear to throw any light upon the subject, and as Mr. Sterry ( we mean him no disrespect) could hardly be considered as an authority upon such a point, we saw no reason for inserting it. On Sunday we received from Mr. Sterry a copy of the Attorney-General's opinion, and that we immediately gave for publication. It was even in our columns, but it was necessarily displaced by the mass of foreign news which arrived at between 4 and 5 o'clock on Monday morning. On Monday evening we received the report of the Ilford Sessions, to which was appended a copy of the Attorney-General's opinion, and we published them in our paper yesterday. What, therefore, Mr. Sterry has to complain of we cannot for the life of us understand, any more than we can what the Globe means in insinuating on Tuesday night that we had refused to give both sides of the question, seeing that on Tuesday morning we had published that side on which the Globe and Mr. Sterry take their stand, - unless, indeed, the Globe and Mr. Sterry think that the opinion of the latter could add any confirmation to the opinion of the Attorney-General.

Thursday April 30 1840

COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH, Wednesday, April 29.
(Sittings in Banco.)

THE QUEEN V. STERRY AND OTHERS

Mr. PETERSDORFF was heard in support of a rate for the relief of the poor, which had been imposed on the trustees of the Quakers' School at Croydon. It appeared, that according to the regulations of the school, each child was required to pay 12/- per annum towards defraying the annual expenses of its keep, &c., amounting to 20/-. It was contended that the annual payment of 12/- gave the trustees a profit, and considered the institution liable to be rated. The learned counsel insisted that there was an occupation either by the superintendant or the matron of the school sufficient to create a liability to rate. The case differed entirely from those where one or more benevolent individuals contributed funds for the support and education of the poor, and where these funds were appropriated to charitable purposes alone. Such was not the fact here; each child contributed towards its own support, and therefore the trustees derived a profit, not distinguished from a loss, but as a source of income. The school clearly could not be considered purely as a charitable institution.

The ATTORNEY-GENERAL and Mr. R. CHAMBERS, in support of the appeal against the rate, contended that the institution was purely charitable. It must be regarded in the same light as the Sunday schools of the country, and the payment of 12/- by each scholar was similar to the payment of the pennies by the children who attended the latter schools.

The COURT took time to consider its judgement.

Saturday April 19 1845 (p 5 col b)

BANKRUPTS

William Bristow Sterry, Jamaica-row, and Bermondsey-wall, Bermondsey, sail-maker, to surrender April 29, at 12 o'clock, May 30, at 1, at the Bankrupts' Court: solicitor, Mr Brown, Walbrook; official assignee, Mr Whitmore, Basinghall-street

Saturday May 23 1846 (p 8 col b)

ROLLS' COURT, Westminster, Friday May 22

STERRY V. EVANS

Mr. KINDERSLEY, for the plaintiffs, Joseph and Henry Sterry, moved for an injunction to restrain the defendant, Robert Evans, his agents, &c, from selling any plasters in imitation of the plasters prepared and sold by the plaintiffs as "Sterry's Poor Man's Plaster," and from using or imitating the plaintiffs' trade marks.

Mr PARSONS, for the defendant, consented to an order for a perpetual injunction.

Lord LANGDALE - That was the wisest course to pursue.

Tuesday August 1 1848

VICE-CHANCELLORS' COURTS, Monday, July 31
(Before Sir J. K. Bruce)

CLIFTON V. STERRY. - STERRY V. CLIFTON.

The late Mr. Wasey Sterry, solicitor, of Romford and Upminster, on the 1st of July, 1841, entered into an agreement of that date with Mr. William Henry Clifton, the plaintiff, by which a partnership was effected, under the firm of "Sterry and Clifton" for 20 years. Mr. Sterry to be interested in three-fifths of the profits, and Mr. Clifton in the remaining two-fifths; the capital to be brought in in the same proportions. Power was given for Mr. Sterry to introduce a son into the firm, and if not introduced that Mr. Clifton should take a son of Mr. Sterry's as an articled clerk, and ultimately as a partner; and if Mr Sterry should die during the 20 years, and it should happen that no son should be a partner, Mr. Clifton should be interested in one-half of the profits, and the executors or adminstrators of Mr. Sterry in the other half. Mr. Sterry died after a year, and no son was a partner, and Mrs. Sterry was the executrix of Mr. Sterry, her husband. A bill and cross bill were filed, praying the establishment of the articles, and a decree that the executrix was entitled to one-half the profits; and the same was met by a suit to set aside the articles on the ground of illegality, and that the same was entered into by Mr. Clifton under false representations of the value of the business, and also that the business had been depreciated by reason of the mental incapacity of Mr. Sterry, which was not known to Mr. Clifton till afterwards.

Mr Bethell and Mr. Bazalgette appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr Russell, Mr. Wigram, and Mr. Jolliffe for the defendant.

His HONOUR, reserving the question for the present of the validity of the agreement, and whether he was in a position to decide that question without the opinion of a court of law, and also whether it was one upon which, upon present materials, this Court could state a case for the opinion of a court of law, said - The partnership under the articles commenced in July 1841. Mr. Sterry died in July, 1842. During the whole of the interval Mr. Clifton acted upon the articles; during no part of the interval was there any reason for believing that he complained of Mr. Sterry's conduct, either to Mr. Sterry or any one else, or that he remonstrated concerning it. Afer the death of Mr. Sterry he sent circulars to various clients of the partnership, making a representation which was and could be founded only upon the assumption of the validity or continuance of the original partnership. These considerations, if there were no others, rendered the only question in the case, in his Honour's opinion, a question as to the legal validity of an agreement, and as to the application of the profits after the death of Mr. Sterry. As at present advised, subject to hearing the reply, he would, if he could, have the opinion of a court of law.

Mr Bethell is to be heard in reply on this point on Wednesday next.

Thursday Aug 3 1848 (p 6 col c)

VICE-CHANCELLOR'S COURTS, Wednesday, Aug 2
(Before Sir L. Shadwell)

STERRY V. CLIFTON

Mr BETHELL, having concluded his reply in this case on the points reserved for argument, namely, the validity of the clause giving the widow of the late Mr. Sterry an interest in the produce of a solicitor's practice.

His HONOUR said, that , if the defendant asked for a case for the opinion of a court of law on the question, - firstly, if the validity of the whole argreement was void at law; and secondly, whether this particular clause of it was void at law - he was entitled to it.

Mr RUSSELL, Mr WIGRAM, and Mr. JOLLIFFE, who appeared for the defendant, asked for an opportunity of taking the opinion of a court of law upon both points.

His HONOUR accordingly directed a case for the opinion of the Court of Commons Pleas, containing the two questions.

Tuesday August 8, 1848 (p 6 col f)

VICE-CHANCELLOR'S COURTS, Monday, August 7
(Before Sir J. K. Bruce)

STERRY V. CLIFTON - CLIFTON V. STERRY

The title of these suits should have been in the above order in our report of the 1st inst. The second bill was dismissed with costs.

Tuesday August 8, 1848 (p 5 col b)

Letters to the Editor
STERRY V. CLIFTON - CLIFTON V. STERRY
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir - The Times of the 1st inst. gives a report of both these suits, then in course of hearing before the Vice-Chancellor, Knight Bruce, and inadvertently transposes the causes; the original suit having been commenced by Mrs Sterry.

The hearing of both suits was concluded on Wednesday last, and your report in The Times of Thursday last gives the judgment of the Vice-Chancellor in the original suit correctly, but omits to mention the judgment given at the same time in the second suit, which was a dismissal of Mr. Clifton's cross bill with costs.

Your notice of the judgment in the cross suit will oblige, Sir, yours, &c.,

J.J. TOURLE
Solicitor for the plaintiff, Frances Sterry,
13, Southampton-buildings, Chancery-lane, August 5

Saturday January 19 1850

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, Friday, Jan 18.
(Sitting in Banco, before Lord Chief Justice WILDE, and Justices MAULE, CRESSWELL, and WILLIAMS.)
STERRY (EXECUTORS) V. CLIFTON
The argument in this case was resumed (a report of the facts of which we gave two days ago), and occupied the whole day.

Mr. Willes was heard in support of the defendant's case, that the agreement of partnership between the late Mr. Sterry and the defendant was void, in assigning to the defendant a share in the emoluments of the offices of clerk to the magistrates, &c., which the late Mr. Sterry held.

Mr. Peacock was heard in reply, he contending that the partnership deed was valid, and that the Court would only intend it to apply to the assigning of such offices as might be lawfully assigned, general words in reference to them only being used. He also contended that assigning to a deputy a share of the fees of his office was not a sale of the offices, or of the fees, against the statues of 5th and 6th Edward VI. chap. 16, and 4th George III. chap. 126, as the fees still belonged to Mr. Sterry as between him and the public, though Mr. Sterry gave a portion of them to his deputy.

At the conclusion of the case their Lordships expressed no opinion. The case occupied the whole day.

Thursday November 24 1853 (p 1 col d)

Notice to the following persons or the representatives of each of them as may be dead, viz. :- JAMES ASHWORTH, John Maitland, Thomas Stratton Coles, Joseph Bond, Robert Nicholson, Henry Sterry, James Taylor and David Taylor, or Taylor and Saxton, or D. Taylor and Sons - If James ASHWORTH, formerly of Tabernacle-walk, City road, London, insurance broker, or John Maitland, Thomas Stratton Coles, Joseph Bond and Robert Nicholson, formerly of London, wooldealers, or Henry Sterry and John Sterry, the administrators of the late Henry Sterry, of Basinghall-street, London, merchant, or James Taylor and David Taylor, of London, wooldealers, snd D. Taylor and Sons, of London, wooldealers, or the legal personal representatives of any of the above parties will apply at the office of Messrs. Sadlow, Torr, Janeway, and Tagart, of 33 Bedford-row, London; or to Mr Charles Naylor, solicitor, Leeds, they will hear SOMETHING to their ADVANTAGE.

Friday October 17 1862 (p 1 col b)

BANK OF ENGLAND - Unclaimed Stock
Application having been made to the Governors of the Bank of England to direct the re-transfer from the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt of the sum of £58 1s. 8d. New Three per Cent. Annuities, heretofore standing in the name of FRANCES STERRY, of Upminster, Essex, spinster, and which was transferred to the said Commissioners, in consequence of the dividends thereon not having been received since the 10th of October, 1852 :- Notice is hereby given that, on the expiration of three months from this date, the said Stock will be Transferred and the Dividends thereon Paid, to Frances Holden (formerly Sterry, spinster), wife of Luther Holden, who has claimed the same, unless some other claimant shall sooner appear and make out his claim thereto.

Friday November 29 1867 (p 1 col a)

BIRTHS

On the 28th inst. at Lestelle, Forest-hill, the wife of THOMAS STERRY NORTON, of a daughter.

Saturday June 12 1869 (p5 col f)

BANKRUPTS
Notices of Adjudications and First Meetings of Creditors

To Surrender in the County
Sterry, Samuel Drinkwater, Longhope, Gloucestershire, painter - June 28, Newnham

Tuesday May 29 1883 (p9 cpl f)

TENANTS' COMPENSATION BILL
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,- Mr. May, in his letter in The Times of the 19th writes:-"What is demanded is that a tenant who has raised the value of his farm should have some security against his rent being raised upon his own improvements-at all events, that he should have a power of appeal to some impartial tribunal against so arbitrary and unjust a proceeding." If this principle is to be conceded, I submit that it should be thoroughly carried out. At present the State taxes everyone who improves upon his improvements. Let a man raise the value of his holding, and at once he is rated in that additional value. If it is arbitrary and unjust for a landlord to raise the rent of a tenant upon the tenant's improvements, it is equally arbitrary and unjust for the State to tax a man upon his improvements. I am considered to have raised the value of my benefice by certain improvements I have made (the value of which will not be exhausted if I should live to be 100 years old, and I am under 50), and I am accordingly rated at £27 more than before. Why is this treatment considered fair and just to me? And why, if at the exporation of a 14 years' lease my tenant should have his rent raised owing to the land then being worth more through his improvements, would that treatment be considered arbitrary and unjust to him? Can you enlighten.

Your obedient servant
FRANCIS STERRY
Poltimore Rectory, Exeter, May 22.

Thursday October 11 1883 (p 1 col b)

BANK OF ENGLAND - Unclaimed Stock

Application having been made to the Governor of the Bank of england to direct the re-transfer from the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt of the sum of £328 0s. 9d. New £3 per Cent. Annuities, heretofore standing in the name of WASEY STERRY, of 54, Gower-street, Middlesex, Esquire, and which was transferred to the said Commissioners in consequence of the Dividends theron having remained unclaimed since the 10th October, 1858, Notice is hereby given that on the expiration of three months from this date (October 11, 1883) unless some other claim thereto shall be made in the meantime, the said Stock will be re-transferred into his name, and the Dividends thereon paid to Francis Sterry, acting surviving executor of the late Wasey Sterry, he having claimed the same.

Monday August 11 1884

FUNERAL REFORM
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES

Sir, - Sir A. H. Gordon writes under date Aug 1:- "Mr. Jeffreys is evidently not aware of the practice in most parishes, where prepayment of the rector's fee is required before a grave is allowed to be dug." I also was unaware of such a practice. I never heard of it till now. As Sir A. H. Gordon says it exists in most parishes he can have no difficulty in giving the names of the parishes. I challenge him to give them. He has made a charge which in honour he is bound to substantiate.
I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
FRANCIS STERRY,
Baltimore Rectory, Exeter, Aug. 6

Monday August 18 1884

BURIAL FEES
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES

Sir, - Sir A. H. Gordon's charge now appears to be this that in most parishes where there is a parochial cemetery the parochial burial authorities require payment of a rector's fee before they give an order for burial. As parochial cemeteries exist in very few of the parishes of the kingdom (there are but two in the union of 50 parishes in which I reside), and as by Sir A. H. Gordon's own statement the above requirement is not made in all of these, his charge that prepayment of the rector's fee is required in most parishes before a grave is allowed to be dug is not substantiated. It is not required in by far the greater part of the parishes of the kingdom, and when required it is so required by the action of the parochial burial authorities.
I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
FRANCIS STERRY.
Poltimore Rectory, Exeter, Aug 15

Wednesday August 4 1886 (p 8 col c)

FROM THE LONDON GAZETTE, Tuesday, Aug 3
THE BANKRUPTCY ACT, 1883
RECEIVING ORDER AND DATES OF PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS
A DJUDICATIONS
In the Country

Sterry, William Manwaring, Birmingham, licensed victualler (The detail of the order in the London Gazette provides the following additional detail: William was of The Railway Hotel, 64 Curzon-street Birmingham, Warwickshire)

Wednesday August 22 1888 (p 14 col c)
Mr Thomas Sterry Norton, wheelwright, of Grange-road, Bermondsey, was summoned for so negligently using a furnace on his premises that the smoke arising thereform was not effectually consumed .. on the 25th June dense black smoke issuing from the shaft for some minutes at various times ... Mr. Cole, Government inspector, stated that upon receiving the police report he visited the defendant's premises and found nothing to complain of ... he used very little coal. Mr Norton was fined £1 13s. 6d costs.

Monday February 22 1892

OBITUARIES

A correspondent writes :- "The death of THOMAS STERRY HUNT, at the age of 66, which took place in New York a few days ago, removes one of the best known scientists of the age. He was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on the 5th of September, 1826. After completing his studies at Yale, Mr. Hunt accepted the position of chemist and mineralogist to the Geological Survey of Canada, under Sir William E. Logan. Mr Hunt remained in Canada for 16 years. In addition to his work in connexion with the survey, he occupied the chair of chemistry in Laval University, and later he filled the same chair at M'Gill University. In 1872, returning to the United States, he became professor of Geology in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Hunt first attracted attention by a series of papers on Theoretical Chemistry, published between 1848 and 1851. His researches on the equivalent volumes of liquids and solids, published shortly after this, were a remarkable anticipation of those of Dumas; but these philosophical studies have only been incidental to his labours in chemical mineralogy and chemical geology, for his researches into the chemical and mineral composition of rocks have probably been more extended than those of any other contemporary scientist. Mr. Hunt was the first to make known the existence of large deposits of phosphate lime in Canada, and to call attention to its commercial value as fertilizer. In 1859 he invented a permanent green ink, which, being adopted by the United States Government for currency purposes, gave the popular name of "Greenback" to the issue of paper money, a name which carries to this day. Mr. Hunt served as a juror at the World's Fair in Paris in 1855 and again in 1867, and was made an officer of the Legion of Honour on the latter occasion. He also served in a like capacity at the Centennial celebrations held in Philadelphia in 1876. In 1876 he organized, in concert with European and American geologists, the International Geological Congress, and was elected secretary at the first meeting in Paris in 1878, and vice-president at the meeting held in Bologna in 1881. Mr. Hunt was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1859, and a member of the National Academy of Science in 1873. The degree of LL.D. was given to him by Cambridge University in 1881. The list of his works includes upwards of 200 separate papers, and five large works."

Saturday December 15 1894 (p 7 col c)

FROM THE LONDON GAZETTE, Monday, Dec 14
THE BANKRUPTCY ACTS, 1883 AND 1890
IN THE COUNTRY
ADJUDICATIONS

Sterry, Charles, Lowestoft, twinespinner and smackowner (The detail of the oder in the London Gazette provides the following additional detail: Charles was of 213, Clapham-road, lately carrying on business at St Peter's-street, both in Lowestoft. Order was heard in Great Yarmouth court.)

Wednesday June 15 1898 (p 13 col e)

FROM THE LONDON GAZETTE, TUESDAY JUNE 14
THE BANKRUPTCY ACTS 1883 AND 1890
IN THE COUNTRY
ADJUDICATIONS

Sterry, Thomas James, Harwich, grocer (The detail of the oder in the London Gazette provides the following additional detail: Thomas was residing at 50, West-street, and carrying on business at 31, King's Head-street, both in Harwich, Essex.)

Friday August 10 1900 (p 13 col c)

QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
COMMERCIAL COURT
(Before Mr Justice Darling, sitting to try actions set down under Order XIV.)

STERRY AND ANOTHER V. BISPHAM
This was an action brought by Messrs. Sterry and Morris, grocers and provsion dealers, of Gloucester. the plaintiffs, against Mr. David Bispham, the well-known vocalist, the defendant, to recover £62 3s. 3d, the balance of an account for groceries supplied to the defendant's wife. The account was for good delivered between January, 1899, and May last, at Fretherne-lodge, near Gloucester. (The case was judged in favour of the defendant who was at that time overseas and paying maintenance to his wife.)

16 Sep 1903

THE HOOPOE - Mr Francis Sterry writes from Chapel Cleeve, Washford, Taimton, under Saturday's date:- It may be interesting to record that one of those rare birds in beautiful plumage was observed between 8.30 and 9.00 a.m. this day on the lawn facing this house. I and several members of my family watched it for some time with the naked eye and through glasses as it went up and down searching for food with its long beak. A thrush, apparently surprised at the stranger, ventured near to take notice but was promptly driven off. Has the bird been seen this year by any of your readers?

Tuesday April 24, 1906 (p 8 col b)

An Appeal for Khartum
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,-Having lately spent some weeks in Khartum I can endorse every word which Bishop Blyth has written as to the excellent work done in the Gordon College and the need of building the English church, the foundation-srtone of which was laid more than a year ago. It is greatly to the credit of so small a community as that at Khartum that they should have raised so much as £3,500 towards the amount required; and, if the many who hold Gordon's memory dear would contribute to complete the sum needed, the £6,000 would soon be made up.
Yours faithfully
Francis Sterry, Florence,April 19.

Saturday March 15 1913 (p 11 col f)

"NEBUCHADNEZZAR" OR "CHARLES XII"?
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES

Sir,-When I wasat Oxford, 40 years ago and more, the versions current of these lines were, to the best of my recollection, as follows:-
(1) When, at these words, the wise men stood appall'd,
      Some one suggested Daniel should be called :
      Daniel was called, and just remarked in passing
      "Oh! Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Upharsin."
(2) Sigh'd, as he munched the unaccustomed food,
      It may be wholesome, but it is not good.

The question of authorship was even at that date a matter of controversy and conjecture.
Yours faithfully,
A

TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,-With you leave I would like to point out that in "The History of Charles XII., King of Sweden, by Mr. De Voltaire, translated form the French," fourth edition, printed in London 1732, there is to be found on page 174 this passage:-
"A soldier grumbling ventured in presence of the whole army, with a piece of bread, that was black and mouldy, made of barley and oats, the only food they then had, nor had they enough of this: The King received the piece of bread without the least emotion, eat it entirely up, and then said coldly to the soldier: It is not good, but it may be eaten."

The saying is surely verified by the above quotation.
Yours faithfully,
Francis STERRY, Chapel Cleeve, Washford, Somerset

Monday June 4 1917 (p 5 col d)
Death of Mr. J. Ashby-Sterry
Mr. J. Ashby-Sterry, known to a wide constituency of readers as "Bystander" of the Graphic, died on Friday last in his 82nd year. He was a native of London, the only son of the late Henry Sterry, of Sydenham-hill, and was unmarried. With an early ambition to be a painter he had reached the stage of life-size portraits in oil at the age of 19, and was also then drawing for Punch (in which he figured as the "Lazy Minstrel") and other papers. Later, however, he devoted himself to the literary side of journalism, maintianed his "Bystander" column for over 18 years, and did considerable work as an art critic. His publications include "The Lazy Minstrel", which has run to many editions, "Tiny Travels," "Boudoir Ballads," "Cucumber Chronicles," "Snail-way Guides," and books such as "A Tale of the Thames," which reflected his love of the river. He knew the Thames as intimately as he knew London, and his favourite recreations were rowing and sailing and detailed explorations of old and new London.

Tuesday June 3 1919 (p 8 col d)

The Surbiton Tournament
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,-My attention has only just been called to Sir Philip Sassoon's letter in your issue of May 31.
I am extremely sorry to learn that any competitor, and especially a new competitor at this tournament, considers he has a grievance against the executive ...
Sir Philip's grievance appears to be that he was scratched by the referee, because he failed to appear at all on one day ... If Sir Philip's experience with tournaments - especially suburban tournaments - was a little more extensive he would have learnt by now that it was a perfectly natural course for the refernee to take ...

Alfred Sterry, Hon. Secretary of Surbiton Lawn Tennis Tournament
Surbiton, June 2.

Monday September 3, 1928 (p 13 col f)

THE YOUTH OF SHELLEY
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,-May I, while congratulating Professor Warwick Bond on his discovery of four letters of Shelley when a boy, venture a note or two on what he tells us?

Whatever the reason that Tisdall was staying at the Duchess of Sussex's, it was not because Augustus d'Este was an Etonian, for he was not. I suggest that the letter dated January 10, 1808, is misdated, and that it was really written in 1809. It and the letter dated January 1, 1809, were obviously, from their contents, written about the same time, and I think equally obviously the letter dated 1808 is the later; to alter their order, among other things, lessens the difficulty about the wild ducks.

I cannot myself see any allusion whatever to "baitings" or "hunts." Shelley's supposed miseries at Eton have been much exaggerated by biographers, and the lines so often quoted ~

there rose
From the near schoolroom voices that alas!
Were but one echo from a world of woes -
The harsh and grating strife of tyrants and of foes

almost certainly refer to his private school, Sion House Academy, and not to Eton. Shelley was at Eton for nearly six years, was in Sixth Form when he left, and though he may have suffered for refusing to fag for Henry Matthews, the author of "The Diary of an Invalid," he had in due course fags of his own. The letters seem to me entirely consistent with Shelley having been happy on the whole at Eton, and not the least abnormal. In any case, I doubt whether Professor Bond has adequate reason for supposing Tisdall particularly popular or likely to be of any use as a protector; Shelley was at this time high up in the Upper Division of Fifth Form, Tisdall not long escaped from Remove.

Dare I hope, in conclusion, that some or all of the letters may find a permanent home at Eton as a memorial of Mr. Marlay, himself an Etonian.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
WASEY STERRY
The Grange, Bucklebury Common, Berkshire, Aug 31.

Wednesday April 15 1936 (p 11 col f)

HENRY MEDWALL
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,-At the recent performance pf Fulgens and Lucres appears to have interested students of early English drama, it may be of interest to record a few facts about the author, Henry Medwall. He was born in Southwark in or about 1462, was nominated by the electors for a scholarship at Eton in 1474, but was not admitted for want of a vacancy. He was then 12 years old. He was again on the list in 1475 and probably admitted in 1476. Of his Eton career we know nothing except for one entry in the bursar's accounts for 1479-80, where it is recorded that mnoey in lieu of commons was paid for him when he was sick for two weeks in the house of a widow in the town.

He was elected Scholar of King's College, Cambridge, in 1480, but no degrees are recorded excpet B. Civ.L. in 1491-92. He was, as is known, chaplain to Cardinal Morton. An earleir connexion of Eton with English comedy than that of Nicholas Udall and Ralph Roister Doister is thus established.

I am, &c.
WASEY STERRY
The British Consulate, Alexandria, April 7.

Saturday June 3 1939 (p 13 col f)

AN ETON REGISTER
SIR WASEY STERRY'S RESEARCHES
MISCELLANEOUS SOURCES OF INFORMATION
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,-As you lately mentioned in a note that I have been compiling a Register of Etonians who were in the school from 1440 to 1698, may I crave a small space to say somethng about the work and its sources, and to ask for some help from any Etonians, or anyone else, who is interested in making such a register as complete as possible?

As to the sources:- there is no School List for the period now known to be in existence except one for 1678 among the Rawlinson MSS in the Bodleian; there were, it is believed, others of the seventeenth century in existence as late as 1840, and it is always possible that they or others may come to light. There is a complete Register of Collegers from 1660, but not earlier, for unfortunately our Visitor, the Bishop of Lincoln, never ordered a Register to be kept, as the Bishop of Winchester did at an early date for Wykeham's foundation. We have, however, a complete list of all Collegers who went to King's College, Cambridge, and they in early days probably formed about 40 per cent. of those admitted to the Eton foundation. We have a few early indentures, the earliest of 1443, that is the original lists of those elected for the year; a few complete lists of Collegers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the Bursars' accounts recording the amounts of gown cloth issued for each, and a few complete lists contained in old Hall accounts of about 1560; some 300 names collected from audit rolls and College accounts.

As regards Oppidans there are no complete lists, other than the 1678 list, byt we have in the College accounts, between mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries, the names of commensals at the seocnd and third tables in Hall, who corresponded to gentlemen commoners and commoners at Oxford, and paid for their messing. Unfortunately there are not half a dozen Christian names among them, which renders their identification difficult, but something can be done even so. Then we have Dr. Venn's invaluable Alumni Cantabrigienses, which not only records the scholar's of King's, but the schools of many other undergraduates by reason of the laudable habit of many Cambridge Colleges of recording those schools in their entrance Registers. Another source of information from the end of the sixteenth century onwards, in increasing numbers, is the names cut on the shutters and pillars in Lower School, particularly valuable, because in most cases there are initials of Christian names and sometimes dates. There are also various miscellaneous sources such as biographies, references in letters, in wills, on tombstones, in county histories, parish registers, family archives, old accounts, and so forth, which serve to identify some name hitherto unidentifiable or give us a new one.

If anyone would send me references to any printed or manuscript sources of this last kind I should be very grateful. Many of the old county histories and local histories are badly indexed, some not indexed at all, and though I have searched the indexes of many such books and those of most of the county archaeological societies, I feel sure that there may be unindexed references to Etonians which have escaped me, and that local antiquaries, knowing their local books well enough to dispense with indexes, might help me here. There must be, too, in private muniment rooms, though one can perhaps hardly expect another letter as early as William Paston's letters, accounts, even school lists, which would be of great value. Another help for which I should be most grateful would be that of any volunteer who would undertake on request to search parish registers or bishop's transcripts for dates of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, and name sof wives, and in local will repositories.

I may perhaps add, by way of correction, that I have now considerably more names than mentioned in your paragraph - namely, about 4.500. I am, Sir, your most obedient servant,
WASEY STERRY,
The Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, S.W.1.

Saturday Aug 16 1941 (p 5 col e)

AN ETONIAN HIGHWAYMAN
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,- I should be sorry to abate Mr. Parsons's fame, for in truth he seems to have been a very pretty scoundrel, but he must not be allowed to plume himself, and he a mere oppidan, on being the only Etonian gentleman of the road. He had a predecessor, not only scholar pf Eton, but also of King's, Mr. John Greenhall, of a respectable family of Fletton, where the bricks come from; who after his career at the two colleges lasting from 1571 to 1579 became a highwayman and was not only hanged but dissected, to the furtherance, let us hope, of knowledge. The zeal of his own or of a later generation has erased his name from the list of Kingsmen of 1576 cut in Lower School at Eton.

Your obedient servant,
WASEY STERRY.
The Athenaeum, S.W.1.

Tuesday Jan 8 1946 (p 5 col g)

THE SUDAN
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Sir,- I have read with great interest your Cairo Correspondent's illuminating article on Egyptian aspirations. I fear, however, that some of your readers may not be suficiently acquainted with Sudan history to evaluate the Egyptian claim (to which your Correspondent refers) that "the reconquest of the Sudan in 1896-98 was effected by Egyptian troops and Egyptian money, if with some assistance from the British"; and their complaint that "the British have arrogated to themselves too great a share in the government of the Sudan, and Egyptians are deliberately and unjustly excluded from proper participation in what should be an equal partnership."

The actual facts are as follows:- (1) At the Batle of Omdurman, where the Khalifa's power was decisively shattered by an Anglo-Egyptian force under Lord Kitchener, there were 8,200 British and 17,600 Egyptian troops (I quote from Mr. Winston Churchill's "River War," vol. II, page 56); but a large proportion of the Egyptian troops were Sudanese and the brunt of the fighting was borne by the British and the Sudanese troops. (2) After the reconquest of the Sudan and the establishment of the Condominium, a large number of Egyptian officers and officials (including Cadis and schoolmasters) was employed in the Sudan and continued to serve there until 1924, when the murder of Sir Lee Stack and the mutiny in Khartoum among some of the Sudanese troops, which was fomented by Egyptian agitators, led to the removal of all Egyptian officers and officials from the Sudan.

Yours faithfully,
WASEY STERRY,
The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, S.W.1.

Wednesday Aug 10 1955 (p 11 col b)

Obituaries
SIR WASEY STERRY
Sir Wasey Sterry C.B.E., who died yesterday at this home at Windsor in his ninetieth year, had had a long career as a Judge in the Sudan, and later in Egypt, and he will be remembered by Etonians as the author of the Eton College Register, 1441-1698.

He was the eldest son of the late Rev. Francis Sterry, of Fort Hill, Barnstaple, and was born on July 26, 1866. He went to Eton (where he was a King's Scholar) in 1880, and was in Mr. Stone's house and later in the house of Mr. (afterwards Mr. Justice) Rowlatt. Thence, with an exhibition, he went to Merton College, Oxford, where he took a second in Classical Moderation, and a second in Lit. Hum. in 1889. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1892. He went to the Sudan as Civil Judge in 1901, and was made Chief Judge in 1903. It fell to him and Sir Edgar Bonham-Carter, then Legal Secretary to the Sudan Government, to organize with remarkable success the legal system there. The justice administered in the Courts they set up made a deep impression on the native population, and the work of these two able administrators deserves more than a perfunctory reference.

Sterry succeeded Sir Edgar Bonham-Carter as Legal Secretary in 1917 and held the post for 10 years. He was Acting Governor of the Sudan in 1924, during the absence of Sir Lee Stack, when the latter was murdered in Cairo on his way back from England. In 1928 Sterry was appointed Judge of H.B.M.'s Supreme Court in Egypt, and after10 years' successful service there he retired in 1938.

In 1943 he published his Eton College Register, 1441-1698, already referred to. In his early years at the Bar he had collected material for this work, and as long ago as 1897 he had extracted from the college audit books all the names of commensals from 1563 to 1647, which were subsequently arranged in alphabetical order and published by Messrs. Spottiswoode and Co., Ltd., in 1904. On his return to England in 1926 he started seriously on the Register, but his 10 years on the Bench in Egypt between 1928 and 1938, and then the 1939-45 War, caused further delay, and it was not until 1943 that this remarkable work, of value not only to past and future Etonians, but to historical students generally, was given to the world. It contains some 5,000 names, and to the majority of these a biographical notice, with the sources of information, follows. It is the more remarkable that a work revealing so much scholarship and research should have been produced in the course of a busy life on the Bench and amidst the problems of administration.

Sterry had an engaging personality and was much liked and respected by his colleagues. He held the Orders of Medijie and of the Nile. He married in 1919 Renee, daughter of the late Adrien Bonfils, of Nice. He leaves no issue.

Tuesday Aug 23 1955 (p 11 col b)

Obituaries
SIR WASEY STERRY
Mr. N.R. Udal writes:-
In your excellent obituary notice of Sir Wasey Sterry you paid a very fitting tribute to his splendid and enduring work in the sudan and as the historian of Eton College, but, as one of his oldest friends, may I please add a very brief personal tribute to him?

He numbered among his friends in the Sudan many sheikhs and kadis, who had the deepest admination for his wisdom and integrity and realized that beneath his shy and retiring manner he hid a very warm heart. He himself had a great regard for them, and in the last letter which I received from him (only a month ago) he wrote most sympathetically about Sudanese aspirations. I have just learnt that Lady Sterry has received a telegram from Syed Abu Rannat, the acting Chief Justice of the Sudan, offering condolence on behalf of all members of the judiciary and saying that Sir Wasey had served the Sudan with great fidelity and love and laid some principles for the administration of justice.

In addition to his legal work, he always took a very lively interest in the educational problems of the Sudan, and, indeed, when Sir James Currie retired in 1914 from the post of Director of Education in the Sudan he recommended that Sir Wasey Sterry (who was then Cheif Judge in the Sudan) should succeed him. This was not approved, as Lord Kitchener (in his capacity as Consul-General in Egypt) considered that it would be difficult to defend the appointment of a lawyer to such a post, but Sir Wasey always remained a wise and powerful ally in any schemes for the educational development of the Sudan.

Wednesday Aug 31 1955 (p 11 col c)

Obituaries
SIR WASEY STERRY
JUSTICE IN THE SUDAN
Mr. E. N. Corby writes:-
By some holiday accident I missed your obituary notice of the late Sir Wasey Sterry, but I saw later the tribute paid to him by my friend, Mr. N.R. Udal. Would you permit me to add a few words? The British administration of the Sudan, which I joined in 1904, came to that country offering three main boons - justice, healing from disease, education - but the greatest of these, in a country which had never known it, was justice. My friend, Sir Edgar Bonham Carter, at once brought in as Legal Secretary by Lord Kitchener to establish justice, and himself a providential selection, made another providential selection in inviting Sterry to join him as Chief Justice.

Some inspiration from the Almighty (in whom the Sudanese also believe) must have governed even their respective choices of the telegraphic addresses of their offices in Khartoum - Sir Edgar was Kanuni, an Arabic word promising a regime governed by Law; Sir Wasey was Adlia, an Arabic word promising a regime governed by Justice. Right nobly both fulfilled these promises, and the present position of the sudan, a country which I assure you and your readers will not fail in the hazards of self-government, owes infinite gratitude to them.

Tuesday Oct 11, 1966 (p 12 col f)

Obituaries
MRS. ALFRED STERRY
WIMBLEDON CHAMPION FIVE TIMES
Mrs. Alfred Sterry (Miss Charlotte Reinagle-Cooper), Wimbledon champion five times, died yesterday at the age of 96.

She was not only a great lawn tennis player but a great character and always the life and soul of any party - even when she was over 90. She was only three months short of her 91st birthday when she flew unaccompanied down from Scotland during the 1961 Wimbledon to attend the Champion's luncheon, presided over by the president of the All-England Club, H.R.H. the Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, to mark the 75th year of the championships.

For many years it was her ambition to be the oldest living Wimbledon champion - both in actual age and in the date of he first championship; and when Miss Lottie Dod, who had won the first of her five championships in 1887, died at the age of 88 in Bournemouth during the Wimbledon championships of 1960, Mrs. Sterry was away out on her own.

She was born at Ealing and learnt her tennis at the Ealing Lawn Tennis Club and her first open singles title was won at Ilkley in 1893. Mrs Sterry won the Wimbledon singles as Miss Cooper in 1895, 1896 and 1898 and then as Mrs. Sterry in 1901 and 1908. During the eight years 1894-1901 following the retirement of the fabulous Miss Lottie Dod, Mrs. G.W. Hillyard and Miss Cooper (Mrs. Sterry) led the field of women's tennis, each of them winning the Wimbledon singles title four times. Mrs. Hillyard died in 1946 at the age of 83.

In 1901, when Mrs Sterry won the ladies' singles for the fourth time, the men's singles was won by A.W. Gore, and it was curious that the twentieth century should have statred with the success at Wimbledon of a man base-liner and a woman volleyer.

In 1907 Mrs. Sterry defeated both Miss M. Sutton (Wimbledon Champion 1905 and 1907) and Mrs. Lambert Chambers in locla British tourmaments and in 1908, with Miss Sutton not defending, she regained the ladies' singles title at Wimbledon after an interval of seven years - a very remarkable performance - and in doing so she defeated that great champion Mrs. Lambert Chambers. This was the only defeat Mrs. Lambert Chambers sustained from a British player at Wimbledon between 1903 and 1919 (the war years of course intervening). Mrs Sterry also had many notable singles successes in other championships, beingIrish champion in 1895 and 1898, British Covered Court champion in 1895 and Scottish champion in 1899.

She was also of course an extremely good doubles player winning the All-England mixed doubles with H.S. Mahony for five successive years from 1894 to 1898, and then with H.L. Doherty in 1900 and with S.E. Casdagli in 1908. As in this latter year she won the All-England ladies' doubles with Miss Garfit, besides being singles champion she became a treble Wimbledon champion in one year - a very rare achievement. And she also won the triple crown in the Irish championships of 1895 when in addition to the singles she won the ladies' doubles with Miss Cooper and the mixed with H.S. Mahony. And she won the Irish with H.S. Mahony. And she won the Irish mixed twice more with H.S. Mahony in 1896 and R.F. Doherty in 1900. Also the Irsih ladies' championship twice more with Mrs Hillyard in 1897 and Miss E. Cooper in 1900. She won the British Covered Court mixed doubles in 1898, 1899 and 1900 - in each case with R.F. Doherty.

Mrs Sterry did not defend her singles championship at Wimbledon in 1909 but was runner-up to Mrs. Larcombe in 1912 and reached the final of the ladies' doubles in 1913, 18 years after gaining her first Wimbedon title.

Mrs Sterry's game was all attach and she came into the net at every opprtunity, but it was her supreme steadiness, her equable temperament, and her great tactical ability which was the main reason for her success rather than any brilliancy of stroke. She 'had a go' at everyone and everything and her smiling good temper and great sportsmanship made her popular in her heyday as did her invincible spirit and irrepressible joie de vivre when in her old age she came back to Wimbeldon to cheer on the younger generation.

Certainly few champions have enjoyed the game of lawn tennis more than Mrs. Charlotte Sterry. She will be very much missed at Wimbledon.

Monday Oct 17 1966 (p 12 col f)

Obituaries
MRS. ALFRED STERRY
Mr. Allan Chapelow writes:-
To the most impressive list of the late Mrs. Sterry's (nee Cooper's) achievements as a tennis champion given in your obituary may be added the winning of two Gold Medals for Britain at the 1900 Olympic Games (which then included Lawn Tennis) for, respectively, the Ladies' Singles and the Mixed Doubles (with R.F. Doherty).

Friday Jun 4 1976 (p 17 colf)

Letters to the Editor
A Window Tax
From Mr Brian Sterry Ashby
Sir, May I suggest the reintroduction of a Window Tax. First levied in this country in 1696 under William III and finally repealed in 1851, it may again be relevent today

Consider the glass-walled prestige office block, and the picture windows of the modern executive mansion, compared with the small sparse windows of the working-man's council house, and the slit and mullioned windows of the impoverished nobleman's castle. Is this the simple and fair method of assessing local taxes for which we are searching?
Yours faithfully
BRIAN STERRY ASHBY
Gore House,
Ballards Gore,
Great Stambridge,
Rochford, Essex.
May 31.