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aware of the feeling created in the hearts of Irishmen, by the recollection of the name of Morpeth. He was about to say that this remembrance would likely be affected; but they would not regret, when they reflected that the only mode in which it might be eclipsed would be by the superior lustre which would in future attach to the name of "Carlisle."



I beg most sincerely to thank you for the honour you have just paid me in so very warm and hearty a manner. You will easily credit me when I express to you the extreme pleasure it has given me to have been allowed to take my share in the proceedings of the day, which everyone of you will acknowledge have been most imposing and most agreeable. Your Lordship has adverted with great truth and propriety to the striking and touching associations of the scene and the time-to meet amid the eternal verdure of those walls-within the old Castle of the Desmonds-to celebrate the opening of a modern railway-does indeed connect in the most striking manner the past with the present, and exhibit that eminent principle of contrast and continuity which runs through the whole progress of our national prosperity and glory. With respect to the prospects of the undertaking, of course I leave them in the hands of their official and responsible sponsors. I hope from the promising prelude which has this day been given to them that we may augur the best results which the most sanguine anticipations could have pourtrayed, and I wish heartily to the spirited undertaking the utmost possible success-to the future passengers I wish agreeable trips and light fares, and to the shareholders quick returns and heavy profits. I am sure I cannot better express the feelings of all who have partaken of the pleasure of the day, than by asking you to drink with every feeling of acknowledgment and gratitude to the good health, individually and collectively, to the prosperity of our honoured, my own honoured host, the proprietor of these fair domains; and I can assure him that the attractions I have already had an opportunity of witnessing with him will make my remembrance only too eager to profit by his kind invitation to return to them. Let me beg of you to drink to

"The Health of the Earl of Dunraven, and the Directors of the Limerick and Foynes Railway."


[JULY 9TH, 1856.]



BEG to convey to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of Limerick my assurance of the respectful gratitude inspired by their cordial welcome and considerate Address. It gives me very sincere pleasure to renew within this ancient city the recollections of years which you kindly inform me are not far enough removed to be obliterated from your memories. The intervening period has been marked by dispensations and changes calculated to leave enduring impressions upon the condition of the country and its inhabitants. The processes thus prepared by Heaven are purposed alike to stimulate the energies, and soften the asperities of human societies. I rejoice extremely to gather from all I have heard, as I trust I shall from all I am about to see, that your spirited community has been enabled to engraft upon the honoured stock of the historical past so much of the energy and enterprise which vivify the present and will master the future.


[JULY 9TH, 1856.]



HAVE listened with great satisfaction to the loyal and cordial Address of the President and Members of the Corporation of the Chamber of Commerce in Limerick. It is very gratifying to learn that such a body is intent upon aiding and guiding the community around them in the laudable endeavour to profit by the rich opportunities which their local position and the bounty of Providence place within their reach-communicating on the one hand with districts proverbial for their fertility even in your green isle, and on the other with

your noble Shannon and the near Atlantic. It would indeed be matter of shame, as well as of regret, if the industry and energy of man could not second the magnificent provision of Nature. I trust that all whom you comprise, and all whom you can influence, will steadily advance in so honourable and benificent a career; and I join from my heart in the hope that the happy restoration of peace may promote all the genial activities of commerce, and augment the general happiness of the human family.


[JULY 9TH, 1856.]



INDEED find it difficult to acknowledge in adequate terms the extreme warmth and heartiness of the Address which has just been presented to me by the office-bearers and members of the Congregated Trades of Limerick. I do not learn now for the first time that many of you, by enrolling yourselves in the Mechanics' Institute, have found leisure, even amidst the engrossing demands of daily toil, to devote some care to the noble objects of intellectual culture and mental improvement. Allow me to tell you that you have done well. Work pursued in any honest calling in itself does honour to the industrious hand and patient spirit which are exercised by it. Honour to it, then, for its own sake. But it deserves all the more to be lightened and elevated by the same pleasures of knowledge and refinement which confer delight and lustre upon superior wealth and station. Accept my earnest prayer, that the Divine blessing may prosper the work of your hands, follow you to your homes and families, and crown all your days with plenty, and all your nights with peace.


[NOVEMBER 10TH, 1859.]


THE Mayor, JOHN ARNOTT, Esq., M. P., having read the Address

from the citizens of Cork,


I beg to return to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the city of Cork, my respectful and grateful thanks for their gracious welcome within the boundaries of their fine city. I rejoice that my visit at this period should enable me to afford a practical proof of the interest which I feel in the prosperity of Cork, by assisting at the inauguration of a work of such essential and unceasing importance to the commercial comfort of the entire community as the proposed restoration of St. Patrick's Bridge, of which I am about to replace the first stone. I cannot but look upon this as a most appropriate question at the present moment. If the city of Cork has any ambition to be considered on the highway of nations, it is at least suitable that she should provide in a comely and durable manner for the transit of her own citizens.

SIR JOHN BENSON then presented His Excellency with a silver trowel, on which was engraved the following inscription ::- "Presented to His Excellency George William Frederick Howard, Earl of Carlisle, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, on laying the Foundation Stone of St. Patrick's Bridge, Cork, November 10, 1859. Sir John Benson, Engineer."

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I declare this foundation stone duly and truly laid. It is now my wish, acting on the part of our gracious Queen, as a mark of my interest in the undertaking commenced this day, as a mark of respect for the

community of the city of Cork, and as a mark of respect for the excellent personal qualities of the individual himself to confer the honour of knighthood on your worthy Mayor.

The MAYOR then knelt down, and His Excellency having received the Sword of State from Major Forster, laid it gently on His Worship's shoulder, saying,



[NOVEMBER 10TH, 1859.]




"The Health of the Earl of Carlisle, and Prosperity to Ireland."

MR. CHAIRMAN, my Lords, and Gentlemen,

BEG to return my very sincere thanks to you for the compliment you have just been pleased to pay me. I never feel the significance of the name of the Lord Lieutenant being coupled with "prosperity to Ireland" so sensibly, as when I am permitted to associate with Irishmen in the inauguration of these undertakings of individual enterprise and of national usefulness. It has accordingly given me the greatest satisfaction to have been able to take a part in the proceedings of this day. It is true, indeed, that it is no very great length of railway we have opened this morning. Nine miles of a new line does not seem in itself to be any gigantic operation, and may, indeed, be almost measured by a few puffs of the steam-engine. But it is as a promise and a part of more extended communication that what we have achieved to-day acquires its real value-as a link of what will actually be supplied by it— as first-fruits of the promises which it may eventually fulfil. A line, when completed, from Cork to Youghal, will open a fertile, capable, and improving district. A line when completed from Cork to Queenstown, viewed in the first place with respect only to its two terminating

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