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FIRST MEETING OF THE ABERGAVENNY AND CRICKHOWELL HORTICULTURAL AND FLORICULTURAL SOCIETY. j THE ORDINARY Wes held at the Angel, a house that on every occa- sion exhibits a good dinner, and mine host, by the ample board he spread, and the delicacies he exhibit- ed for the entertainment of his guests added to his fame on this. F. H. Williams, Esq., the worthy President, filled the chair; the vice-chair was occupied by E. Y. Steele, Esq. All the gentlemen of the committee attended as well as many others from the town and neighbourhood. The dessert was excellent, and additions were made to it by the liberality of many exhibitors, who sent to the feast the fruits they brought for the show. Pine-apples were generally bestowed by Han- bury Leigh, Esq., Pont-y-pool Park, and cherries and peaches by Mr. Luke Adams, of Chepstow. After the cloth was removed and the fruits treated by the dining party more roughly than those present at the exhibition, the Chairman proposed that toast most dear to English ears. Our gracious Queen." (Responded to as it deserves.) "Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales," (Simi- laily honoured.) The Queen Dowager, and the rest of the Royal Family." (Drank with enthusiasm.) The Army and Navy." (Three times three.) The Bishop of the Diocese." The Members for the County." The Members for the Boroughs." Thomas Jones, Esq., then rose and said that he had a toast to propose which he had no doubt would be greeted with all the enthusiasm of attachment. It was the health of a gentleman who was ever foremost in doing good to the town and neighbourhood. He alluded to their worthy and respected Chairman- (loud cheers)—Ferdinand Hanbury Williams, Esq —(Great applause.) F. H. Williams, Esqr., m acknowledging the toast said he felt obliged for the very handsome manner in which the company had drunk his health. He could assure them that in accepting the office of President of their society he could not but feel regret that it was not filled by some individual better calculated than he, to perform its duties. He always felt gratified when he thought he could be of service in forwarding the interests of those around him. (Hear.) But he felt proud in being connected with this society, chiefly because it gave employment to the honest industry of the cottager. (Cheers) The society had a truly great object as a moving principle, it expanded the mind and made it capable of understanding, appreci- ating, and loving the beauties of nature. (Loud applause.) Such beauties as the town and neighbour- hood of Abergavenny was adorned with. (Cheers.) It not only gave the inhabitants of the town the pleasure of meeting their friends, but it also opened to their view a scene which probably they otherwise would not witness. (Cheers J He remembered that some years ago they had a Horticultural and Flori- cultural society in existence, in connexion with the town of Abergavenny, but owing to the jealousy and dissatisfaction of some of the gardeners and others who competed for prizes, it declined amd became extinct: he trusted an institution started under such favourable auspices as the present would not meet with the same fate. (Hear.) But be the means of reflecting wis3, extensive, and permanent good. (Cheers.) He concluded by proposing Prosperity and a long existence to the Abergavenny and Crick- howell Horticultural and Floricultural Society. (Drunk with cheers.) Touchett Davies, Esq., said, the toast he was about to propose he had no doubt would be heartily responded to by many who were at the table at least. Among the good filings before them was a noble pine- apple, the gift of the Lord Lieutenant of the County. (Hear.) He would propose the health of Capcl Han- bury Leigh, Esq., Lord Lieutenant of Monmouth- shire. (Loud cheers.) Thomas Jones, Esq., rose to propose the health of a gentleman who had contributed more than any other individual to the dessert they had so much enjoyed, and had sent the largest quantity of fruits to the exhibition, as well as flowers, to compete for the prizes, and he had succeeded in gainmg more prizes than any one else. He knew the toast would be received with three cheers. He proposed the health of Sir Benjamin Hall, Bart., of Lianover. (Three cheers.) The Chairman said, they had received the last toast with so much pleasure that he would rise to give them the health of those gentlemen from the neighbouring counties, who had so liberally given their money and assistance to the society. (Hear.) He proposed the health of Joseph Bailey, Esq., of Glanusk Park, (Drunk with loud cheers.) The Vice-president said, though they had done admirably well in nosers, yet the chief ornaments of the show had been those respected, numerous and beautiful ladies, who had honoured it with their attendance. (Cheers.) All things considered they might esteem themselves specially favoured in the rank and numbers of the fair sex who had that day graced their meeting. (Cheers.) He would give "The Ladies." (9 times 9.) T. Jones, Esq., said, some of his friends had requested him to return thanks for the last toast. (Laughter.) He found himself incompetent to do so; but instead would give a toast that every one present, he had no doubt, would respond to with the warmest expressions of approbation, Lady Hall and Miss Hall." (Loud cheers.) The Chairman said, there was one class who had contributed in no small degree to the pleasures of the day. He hoped they would continue to be useful in their sphere, and cultivate industrious habits, and that they would in every future meeting again appear before the society; he alluded to the cottagers. (Cheers.) He would propose "The Cottagers of England." (Three cheers.) Touchett Davies, Esq., said the Chairman had just alluded to parties who were useful to the Society. Mr. Sanders had just mentioned the name of a lady who had desired him to put her name down on the cottagers prize, at every show list; (hear) he would propose the health of that lady, Mrs. Bailey of Glanusk Park. (Three cheers.) The Chairman then said he had a worthy friend present who had an excellent nursery, and whose shrubs and flowers were always ready for the use of public occasions of this description free of expense, (hear) and who is held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He alluded to Mr. James Saunders. Received with great applause. Mr. Saunders rose, and said, he thanked the gen- tlemen present for drinking his health with so much cordiality, it was a happy moment in his life (cheers). He felt happy that they had considered him of having been of service to the Horticultural Society. As regards what he had done, he felt as a member of the society, he had done no more than his duty, and he was thankful they had been gratified with his per- formance (cheers) He had frequently been asked bv gentlemen in this and the adjoining counties with whom he had been in the habit of doing business, why a society similar to the one whose first exhibition the had .just witnessed was not in existence. He had always wished that gentlemen of influence in the dis- trict around them should first open the subject, and finding no one willing to step forward he had been induced to make an effort (hear) and he was happy to add had received the most liberal encouragement from every one he had appÏed to, indeed, in no in- stance had he been refused (cheers.) He was glad to find the meeting had passed off so pleasantly, nothing seemed to have been wanting to make up the sum of pleasuie (hear) ever to be derived from a meeting of the character they had that day attended. He felt proud of the honour they had done him, and assured them that not only his shrubs and flowers, but his best exertions were ready for any show that will in future take place (cheers). William Ellis, Esq., said he had another toast to propose. They were deeply indebted to those who had done so much towards beautifying the Hall, as was evidenced by the taste and skill displayed in the fo-mationof the elegant device they had that aft.er- noon witnessed (hear). He would give the health of the Gardeners of the Gentry in the neighbourhood — Price, Esq., of Triley Cottage, then gave the gentlemen of the Committee, who had so nobly exerted themselves that day (three times three). E. Y. Steele, Esq., begged to return thanks for the kind manner in which they had responded to the last toast. The only object of the Company had been to do justice to all parties. (Hear, hear). And he hoped that the rewards of the judges had given satisfaction to all parties. (Hear.) He would state the difficul- ties under which the Committee laboured. Early in the morning its members had been in attendance at the Hall, but owing to the delay of the respective competitors in bringing in the flowers and fruit, they were much pressed for time, it was only a short time previous to the opening of the room that they ap. peared, and then they came all at once, and it required great exertion on the part of the Committee to manage as well as they had done. Too much praise could not be given to Mr. Sanderson and his gardeners who were indefatigable in their exertions from the com- mencement to the close of the proceedings. (Cheers.) Should it happen that some of the best things had not gotten the best prizes, it was no fault of the judges or commit! if anv were dissatisfied with the decision of the judges, they should take a liberal view of the case, and reflect that no man is a fair judge of his own case. The labours of the Committee had been by no means easy, but they were made so by the zeal they all felt for the public advantage. (Cheers.) He trusted if any individual was dissatisfied with the re- wards, he would consider the labours of the com- mittee, and acrjuit them at least of partiality. (Hear.) He thought it right to state those things, that the real state of the case should be impressed on the minds of the competitors. (Hear.) He assured them the Committee would be always ready to use their best exertions at any future meeting of the Abergavenny and Crickhowell Horticultural Society. (Cheers.) T. Jones, Esq., said that the judges were gentle- men whose characters were sufficient guarantee for their impartiality, and he himself could attest that in this case they had taken every care to give a proper reward. He concluded by proposing the healths of the judges, W. Steele and G.Jones, Esquires, and the Rev. Mr. Oxenden. (Drunk with cheers.) The Chairman said, there was a gentleman, who, though absent on the occasion took a lively interest in the prosperity of the association, he would give the health of Mr. West, Vice-President of the Society. (Loud and continued cheering.) The Vice-President begged to propose the health of their indefatigable Secretary, (cheers) Mr. Cornelius Lloyd. As one of the committee he could bear witness to the value of his exertions, and he felt convinced the toast would be received with the honours it deserved. (Cheers) Drank with musical honours. C. Lloyd, Esq., in rising, appeared so deeply im- pressed with the acclamal by which he was greeted, that he was almost powered by his feel ings. He said he thought it the duty of every one to^rlo what he could for the puh!ic good, and for that reason he did not refuse the office of Secretary to their society. (Hear.) Nature had done much for Aber- gavenny, and he thought that of itself ought to give an impulse to the extension of Horticulture. (Hear.) He must truly say he was unused to pubhc speaking, and could only assure the meeting that he returned them his sincere thanks for the very cordial and flattering manner in which they had drunk his health. "(Cheers.) Doctor Batt called for a bumper to the health of a gentleman who would let the world know the good their society was producing. He alluded to Doctor Reynolds, and with his health he would join that of Mr. White, who attended the meeting for the same purpose. (Drunk with three times three.) Doctor Reynolds amused the company with a very humorous speech, and concluded by proposing the health of Captain Stretton and the Hon. Mrs. Stret- ton, which was most enthusiastically received. The health of Mr. Win. Saunders," The legal profession," F. C. Batt, Esq., and the medical pro- fession," The Vice-President," Mrs. Williams, of Coldbrook Park," were given and responded to. Many excellent songs were sung—" Here's a health to the Queen," by R. M. Clark, Esq., (encored.) There was a time," W. Ellis, Esq. Fill the Gob- let again," W. Morgn, Esq. After which the party separated, we have no doubt to meet in still greater numbers at the next Horticultural Show.—Monmouth- shire Beacon,


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