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THE GRAND DEJEUNER AT THE VARTRY.
[JUNE 30TH, 1863.]
"The Health of the Earl of Carlisle, and Prosperity to Ireland."
The EARL OF CARLISLE said:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
BEG to return you my very sincere thanks for the honour you have
done me in so kindly drinking my health. I can assure you that it has been no common gratification to me to have found myself on such an occasion one of a party so distinguished and so full of friendly sympathy. I must say that in all the elements which constitute success, whether it has been the weather, or the scenery, or the object of the day, or the company, or the host, we may look upon this day as a perfect success. I have already fully availed myself of the privilege of giving expression to the emotion of the hour, both in the way of words and in the way of action; and if I wished to give any further utterance to the feeling with which I contemplate such works as that of which we have seen the performance to-day, I would prefer not having recourse to any language of my own, but I would choose the words of one whom I must regard as the most exquisite poet of the civilized age, who says, with respect to such undertakings as that of which we have witnessed the successful progress this day
"Bid harbours open, public ways extend,
Bid temples worthier of the God ascend,
Bid the broad arch the dangerous flood contain,
The mole projected break the roaring main ;
These are imperial works, and worthy kings."
The EARL OF CARLISLE, after a short pause, rose and said:I rise again to propose a toast which I am sure you will think it due
from me to give, and due from you to receive. I wish you to drink, as it deserves to be drunk, the health of our excellent entertainer, Mr. M'Cormick. This tribute is due from us on this occasion in two points of view—we owe it to the man who has applied the energies of a vigorous and manly understanding to those works in this country, and not in this country alone, which employ the honest labour of the people in developing the resources of the country, and in adding to the mastery of man over nature; and I am sure you will further agree with me that this tribute is also due to our spirited and generous entertainer. It is true that the business of the day has been solely concerned with water, but he has not limited us to water supply. Therefore, in the more generous beverages which are spread before you I ask you to drink as it it ought to be drunk, "The Health of Mr. M'Cormick."
ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH.
CEREMONY OF LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE.
[AUGUST 11TH, 1862.]
WHEN the ceremony of laying the stone was completed, and the
The EARL OF CARLISLE said:
I pray the clergy, churchwardens, and the parishioners of St. Andrew's Parish to receive my very warm thanks for their loyal and kindly Address. I feel very happy and very grateful to have been enabled to join myself to them and to our fellow-Churchmen of Dublin generally, in the interesting and solemn work of laying the first stone of their new parish church. It is gratifying to find that thus much has been already secured by the liberality of the community. But I must be allowed to express my earnest hope that nothing will be left undone to complete the design of the accomplished architect, and to make the new building
a credit to the city, and not an unfit embodiment of its high and holy destination. We know that the worship of the devout lip, and the contrite heart, and the aspiring spirit do not depend upon art or man's design. In rural and sequestered quarters nothing may be required but "Such special roofs as piety can raise,
And only vocal with the Maker's praise."
But here upon the spot where I now stand-here in the very heartthe busy central heart of Dublin-here within sight of the noblest monuments of our architecture, let no niggard shortcomings be a blot alike upon our taste and our piety. I have a sincere and sanguine hope that, when the new church shall first be thrown open, whoever may be the Viceroy who shall assist at its solemn consecration, he will then see before him an edifice of spacious and comely proportions. It is then my most deep and fervent hope that within the walls which shall yet receive great crowds of worshippers, the voice of prayer-the swelling song of praise-the oracles of the eternal Gospel may never more be silent.
THE DUBLIN EXHIBITION PALACE, AND WINTER
CEREMONY OF LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE.
[JUNE 12TH, 1863.]
THE Address having been read, the EARL OF CARLISLE said :—
I can assure you that I have come to the discharge of my allotted part in the ceremony of this day with special pleasure. I feel this in two capacities. In the first, as one of your brother-shareholders, I cannot fail to witness with interest and hope the inauguration, under such auspicious circumstances, of an undertaking which, I trust, in addition to other advantages to which in a moment I will allude, will prove highly remunerative. Next, as the chief Governor, for the time being, of this country, I cordially sympathize with the higher and more disinterested motives which have presided over the whole progress of
the design. I rejoice sincerely that among the multiplied instances of the increasing enterprise and improving taste of this community-among the number of ecclesiastical, collegiate, municipal, and commercial structures which rise on every side of us, one spot should be set apart for bringing rational and refined entertainment within the reach of all classes, and adding to the public stock of blameless amusement. It will indeed be the best, though we do not wish it to be the only reward of the friends and patrons of this enterprise, when they shall be enabled to see large numbers of their fellow-citizens, with their wives and families, issuing perhaps from humble homes, and closing the labours of the counter and the factory, in the unrebuked enjoyment of the beauties of nature and the treasures of art. The list which your address presents of the varied attractions which are to be gathered on this favoured spot pourtrays an enchanted scene, where Flora is to girdle the shrine of every Grace and every Muse. I feel, however, that we have no need to resort to fable or to fancy, when we find our undertaking fostered and supported by the genial patronage of Leinster-the untiring benevolence of Guinness-the practical energy of Dargan. May the blessing from on High allow, prosper, and hallow our work.
THE INAUGURATION OF GOLDSMITH'S STATUE.
[JANUARY 5TH, 1864.]
PROFESSOR J. K. INGRAM, LL. D., F. T. C. D., read the follow
ing Address to His Excellency :
"The Goldsmith Statue Committee, having completed the task intrusted to them, desire to state briefly to the subscribers and to the Irish public the circumstances under which this enterprise was undertaken, and to place on record their acknowledgments for the support by which they have been enabled to bring it to a successful issue. The project of a national memorial of Oliver Goldsmith was originated by His Excellency the Earl of Carlisle, who has thus shown an interest in the literary glories of our country which is well worthy of the imitation of Irishmen. His Excellency headed the subscription list with a munifi
cent donation to the fund, and seconded the efforts of the Committee throughout the course of their labours by his cordial and generous encouragement. Her Majesty the Queen and the late illustrious Prince Consort honoured the movement with their gracious favour, and aided it with their Royal bounty. The country generally responded to the appeal of the Committee, and contributions were received not only from every part of the United Kingdom, but also from Irish residents in India, and settlers in the Australian Colonies. The execution of the Statue was intrusted by the unanimous vote of the Committee to John Henry Foley, Esq, an Irishman, and confessedly one of the first sculptors of our time. Mr. Foley generously subscribed towards the expense of the work the sum of one hundred pounds, and, zealous for the honour of his native country, exerted all the powers of his art on what, to him, was truly a labour of love. The Statue has been for some time placed on a temporary pedestal, in order that the Committee might be able to form a correct judgment as to the best position in which it could be placed. An opportunity has thus been afforded of obtaining the verdict of the public on the merits of the work; and there has been an unanimous expression of opinion that it is one of which Ireland may justly feel proud, not only as a worthy memorial of historic greatness, but as an evidence and trophy of living genius. It was the wish of His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant that the Statue should be erected on such a site that, whilst it would contribute to the adornment of the city, it would associate the memory of the poet with the University in which his early studies where pursued. The Board of Trinity College thus became specially interested in the work, and the Committee have owed much to their kind and liberal patronage. They not only from the first warmly entertained the project, but subscribed largely to the fund, and have at their own expense erected the permanent pedestal on which the figure of the poet now stands. It only remains for the Committee on the part of the general body of subscribers, to present the Statue, now happily completed and placed on its final site, to the Provost, Fellows, and Scholars of Trinity College. It will remain to our posterity, and especially to the youth who frequent this scat of learning, a visible symbol of the grateful and affectionate admiration which Irishmen must ever feel for the genius and writings of Oliver Goldsmith."
In obedience to His Excellency's command, the green drapery that concealed the Statue was withdrawn, and the Statue was displayed on