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John Harworth's Recitations


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THE CYMMRODORION ANNUAL DINNER SPEECH BY THE DUKE OF YORK Although the annual gatherings of this hon- ourable society are well patronised, and are considered among the most important of the London Welsh season, the company assembled on Tuesday last at the Whitehall rooms of the Hotel Metropole surpassed any that have assembled for several years past. It is need- less to explain that the great attraction was the royal guest, His Royal Highness the Duke of York, who was expected to deliver an address during the evening. Lord Tredegar presided, and among the distinguished gathering were nearly all the Welsh M.P.'s, the two north Welsh Bishops, Lords Kenyon, Penrhyn, Kensington, Mostyn, and the elite of the London Welsh. The royal toasts having been duly honoured, the secretary read letters of regret from several well-known men as well as congratula- tions from several Welsh provincial societies. Lord Penrhyn, in proposing Our Guest," gave a hearty welcome to his Royal Highness in the name of the Society, and their apprecia- tion of the honour conferred on them in the acceptance of their invitation. The Duke of York, in responding, said it gave him much pleasure to be present and to meet so many distinguished Welshmen. He was also glad that his father had been made the Chancellor of the University of Wales. He proposed the" Success and Prosperity of the Society of Cymmrodorion and eulogised it for its efforts on behalf of Welsh Education and researches. Principal Rhys acknowledged on behalf of the Society, and in an amusing passage gave a description of the earliest feasts held by the Society, he also gave an account of the work done by its aid, and of the abundance of liter- ature that it had been the means of providing the public with. He hoped that soon the prince will pay a visit to the principality, and become the president at one of our Eistedd- fodau. The Bishop of Bangor proposed "Gwlad ein Tadau," to which Mabon responded. Lord Kenyon proposed the health of the Chairman, to which Lord Tredegar made a humorous reply. A splendid programme of music had been arranged by the indefatigable secretary, Mr. Vincent Evans, to whose energies the success of the gathering was largely due.

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