Winter 1891-92 (Age 17)

In France to study French, against his wishes, Winston was pleased to receive invitations to dine from aristocratic French friends of his parents. He also enjoyed a visit to the morgue but he was somewhat disappointed that there were “only 3 macabres — not a good bag.”

After returning to Harrow, Winston took up his pen with letters to The Harrovian, over a series of pseudonyms, particularly ‘Junius Junior.’ He complained of the use of the Speech Room tower as a classroom, of the constant playing of organ music and of the shortage of towels in the gymnasiurn dressing room. On one occasion the editors of The Harrovian omitted parts of his letter “…which seemed to us to exceed the limits of fair criticism.”

Churchill later recalled receiving the following admonition from the Reverend Mr. Welidon: “My boy, I have observed certain articles which have recently appeared in The Harrovian, of a character not calculated to increase the respect of the boys for the constituted authorities of the school. As The Harrovian is anonymous I shall not dream of inquiring who wrote those articles, but if any more of the same sort appear, it might become my painful duty to swish you.

 

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