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The EARL OF CARLISLE said:-
MR. CHAIRMAN, MY LORDS, AND GENTLEMEN,
I beg to return my very sincere thanks-in the first place, for the very kind manner in which the toast has been proposed, and next for the more than cordial way in which you have been pleased to receive it. I can assure you all, Gentlemen, that my reception here, from the first moment of my entering this ancient City to that in which I am now addressing you, has been fraught with matter of the highest gratification to me. It would be impossible-I think it would be unworthyunder any circumstances, or in any assembly of men, to refuse all expression of such a sentiment-it would be impossible to pass, for the first time, within those Walls without feeling the thrill of heroic recollections-recollections which are at once sobered and elevated by the reflection that all the inhabitants of this land now acknowledge the authority and revere the virtues of one common and beloved Sovereign, and that Irish genius and Irish glory are now the inheritance of all her creeds and all her classes. The varied and imposing aspects of the place have, it is true, come before me now with all the force and charm of contrast. It was lately-but a few hours ago indeed-my lot to stand near a giant cliff which runs down with a descent of 2000 feet into the Atlantic breakers. I have stood front to front with all the grandeur and sublimity, and at the same time with the sternness, the sterility, and the solitude of nature. Thence I came here, and have seen brought in changeful series before me waving harvests, a noble estuary, tiers of shipping, communication by road, by rail, by water, by` bridge-all the concerns of human business stirring all the pulses of human life beating-the well-ordered array of factories; noble educational and philanthropic institutions; the orderly gladness of cheering crowds; at this moment excellent and eminent companionship, and listening beauty. You are aware, Gentlemen, that the main interest of the day was centred in that noble bridge which has now been completed, and in the interesting ceremony with which it was this day opened; and I feel sure that, while you are all pleased with the architectural effects of the structure, you yet find your highest impressions of admiration kindled by your sense of its abiding usefulness. true is the maxim in art, as well as in composition, that splendour borrows all its rays from sense. Whether, in the splendour of their hospi
tality, the Bridge Commissioners have not given us more good things than would be quite useful for us, it is not part of my business; but I feel sure that you all unite with me in a thankful appreciation of their generous liberality; and I can assure you that the feeling of gratitude which I entertain towards them, my special hosts at this moment, and with them towards the citizens of Derry, is a feeling of which I will not reiterate the utterance, but of which I can never adequately express the amount.
ADDRESS FROM THE INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF BUNCRANA.
[SEPTEMBER 26TH, 1863.]
THE Address having been read,
The EARL OF CARISLE replied:
I have the pleasure of returning my very sincere thanks to the warm-hearted inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Buncrana for their loyal Address and hearty welcome. I might have felt sure of being generally received amongst you as the representative of our beloved Queen. I was also aware that my arrival on this spot would not lose in acceptance because it was made under the guidance of one whose judicious foresight and persevering zeal had accomplished so much for these regions as Mr. M'Cormick. I trust that, under such enlightened auspices, bringing into active co-operation the industry and enterprise native to the soil, the prospects of future improvement which you have pourtrayed will be speedily realized, and that the time may not be distant when the broad waters of Lough Swilly shall reflect the sails and funnels of a thriving traffic, and the hum of busy labour shall find an echo in the deepest recesses of Innishowen.
ADDRESS FROM THE PORT AND HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS OF LONDONDERRY.
[SEPTEMBER 26TH, 1863.]
A. H. STEWART, Esq., Secretary, having read an Address,
I have accepted with grateful pleasure the courteous invitation of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners to view the varied and picturesque scenery of Lough Foyle, and at the same time to make myself acquainted with the important and efficacious improvements to which their spirited and wise liberality has given birth. My enjoyment you have indeed amply secured. I need not say how inexpressibly gratifying to me it would be if I could associate with the recollection of these bright seas and swelling shores the thought that I had found an occasion of rendering any practical service.
HE Chairman, SAMUEL GILLILAND, Esq., having proposed the usual introductory toasts, then gave, in complimentary terms, "The Health of the Earl of Carlisle."
The EARL OF CARLISLE said:
I have certainly not for the first time within this week-to express my sincere gratitude for the great cordiality with which my health has been received. I have enjoyed not only the good fare, but alsowhat I value more-the good feeling and warm welcome of the people of Derry follow me both by land and by sea, and I am only too grate
ful to be allowed to again return you thanks, which I can do in every way except in an upright capacity (His Lordship being unable to stand altogether upright in the cabin, owing to the platform on which he stood being elevated above the cabin floor). I am not sure whether I have not indeed forfeited all claims to any allegiance which you may be disposed to pay me, because I believe my jurisdiction entirely ceases with the land; and I imagine that, as you have carried me out to sea, I have forfeited all authority over you. But, Gentlemen, though I may have forfeited my authority, I am willing to pay my allegiance to the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, who administer with so much justice and liberality the high trust which is confided to them. I am most happy in having been afforded an opportunity of viewing the beauties, of which I had heard so much, that decorate either banks of Lough Foyle, and I am glad to have seen them before my excellent friend Mr. M'Cormick reclaims them all. I have been struck with wonder to-day at the marvellous conversion he has made of sterile slob to fields of smiling and abundant harvest. I only trust he will be so considerate as to leave some little room for the passage of vessels up your noble river, and for anchoring the Channel Fleet in your waters. Gentlemen, this is probably the last opportunity which I may have at present of meeting any collective assembly of the inhabitants of the good City of Derry and its neighbourhood; and I cannot refrain from assuring you all how deeply gratified and touched I have been by all the circumstances connected with my reception and sojourn among you. I have had the opportunity of making friends with many good men; and I feel that the warmth of my reception by all classes has not been limited to the cold greetings of official formality, but has borne all the tokens of a friendly and personal welcome. I can answer for it that I shall ever retain in my mind the recollections of Derry's scenery, and the kindness of Derry people. I now feel that I shall best convey, not only my own gratitude, but that which all the guests of the Commissioners feel, by asking you to drink cordially, for the liberal entertainment and enjoyment they have now given us, "The Port and Harbour Commissioners," and with it the health of our most excellent and efficient Chairman who now presides over us.
OPENING OF THE DUBLIN AND WICKLOW RAIL
[OCTOBER 25TH, 1855.]
IN reply to the Address presented by the inhabitants of Wicklow and
The EARL OF CARLISLE said:
I know not how sufficiently to thank you for the terms of an Address so gratifying to me in every point of view. Though you refer with kind recollections to the period of my former official connexion with Ireland, yet this is the first opportunity which I have enjoyed of visiting the town of Wicklow; and it is at least a great satisfaction to me that my earliest personal acquaintance with the place and its inhabitants should coincide with the completion of an undertaking which, I trust, is destined to serve as a date to them of largely increased prosperity. It is my earnest wish that the blue breadth of waters which bounds your borders may not only form the beauteous setting to your emerald fields, but may waft the useful and abundant tributes of commerce to your improved harbour and enlarged quays, and that the storied spots of your romantic county may not only delight the eye and refine the taste of the traveller and the artist, but be the happy abodes of a peaceful, industrious, and virtuous population.
At the Dejeuner given to celebrate the Opening of the Railway, the Chairman, JOSEPH COWPER, Esq., proposed "The Health of His Excellency the Earl of Carlisle.
The EARL OF CARLISLE said:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
I think it is rather more difficult than usual to address a company when one is shot in, in cold blood, at the tail of a feast, without being primed and warmed up by the good fellowship which, no doubt, has signalized the meeting. However, I am most happy, under any cir
* His Excellency, having been engaged inspecting the town and harbour of Wicklow, did not arrive until the Dejeuner had nearly concluded.