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Join Collins returned thanks but the band strik- ing up at the moment, his remarks were entirely lost to us. This circumstancc, however, was the cause of some little merriment amongst the company. It had been ordered by the Mayor that the bind should be immediately stopped, when a gentleman sitting near the chair remarked, We must then have a second edition of Mr. Collins' speech." The Town- crier, who was standing behind his Worship, and filling the office of toast-master, immediately upon hearing this remark, jumped upon his stool, and in a loud and sonorous voice, cried, "Silence! ladies and gentlemen, for a second edition of the Rev. John Collins' speech." An immense burst of laughter at once followed, and owing to the many blunders which were IT a le during the evening by the worthy dignitary in office, -were repeated frequently and vociferously. The toast of the evening was next proposed by the Mayor. He said, Ladies and Gentlemen, I request you all to fill your glasses, and to fill bumpers, for the toast I am about to propose I know will be received with the greatest of pleasure by one and all of you. It is the Health of the Chairman of the South Wales Railway, and may prosperity attend the undertaking we are this day met to (elebrate" (loud cheers). la giving this toast I beg to call the attention of the shareholders and the company present, to what I am about to say. I am now an old man, and was not accustcm d when younger very often to address public assemblages, but, however, on this .occasion I will endeavour to state what I know. In 1802, there was a patent taken out for a railway engine, Ly a Cornish gentleman, and in 1804 it was at Merthyr, for the purpote of being used at the iron works of a certain hon. gentleman. The engine was tried, and I must say there was great credit due to the inventor, although the man did not succeed. It was made to run a distance of nine miles of tram-road. I was at the time young, and was inclined to take a great interest in the matter. The inventor had many difficulties to contend with, for he had the funnel to take down, as well as other things. This engine was, however, in Pendarren afteiwards. ¡'rom that time up to 1830 nothing material was done, until the commencement of the Liverpool and Manchester line, when things went on at a rapid pace (cheers). Qlie of the principal things which was requisite in the formation and carrying out of railways was this, that the shareholders should have im- plicit confidence in their directors (cheers), for without it nothing would go on as it should (hear, hear). I am happy to tell you that, notwithstanding the South Wales Railway was at a discount—and it may be termed a great one too-that I shall prove to you before I sit down that it will eventually be a railroad that will pay (hear, hear, and cheers). Many might ask, Why do I say SQ ? I will tell them. It is my experience. I have been connected with a railroad in this district that ■was at one time at even a greater discount than the South Wales Railway, but which was now a paying line, .and stood at a high price in the market When Merthyr and Car- diff first went to Parliament for the Tuff Vale Railway Act, the receipts expected did not amount to more than £ 1,000 a year. We persevered however in .completing the line, and when we commenced in 1841, at the end of that year, in December, the T'jvenue was as much as f.17,392 (loud cheering). On we went continuing to increase, and what was the next result, in Decem- b, r 18 12 for the half-year-now remember, for the half-year fitly—the receipts amounted to £ 16,300 (cheers). In that year, shares that cost £100 in full, were sold by gentlemen in Cardiff for—what did they suppose-L45. It went on for some time like this, and a difficult work 1 can assure you the Dir ec- tors had, and more especially to keep the shareholders in a good humour (laughter). In 1843 the receipts got up a little, (Hear, hear.) In 1845 the amount rose itself to as much as £ 27,750 for the half-year, and it continued'going on one time after another until last year, when for the six months ending December, the receipts were as high as E47,056 (cheers). Now let the gentlemen connected, with the South Wales Railway look at their line. They have come all the way down to-day, and what have they done ? why they have psssed the whole way through the very middle of the district of South Wales, (hear); and whether they carried to the ports of Swansea, New- port, or Cardiff, they passed the district of South Wales the whole length. Next let them look at the passenger traffic. When we commenced the TaffVale Railway, the number of pas- sengers amounted to no more than 2,833, but last half-year I am happy to know that the number was increased, and they carried in one week as many as 6284 passengers, and this on a line of road which, previous to the construction of the railway, would Hot support oue day and two weekly coaches (hear, hear), I have given you an idea of our days of discount I will now give an outline of our days of premium (hear, hear). In 1S45, the shares which I have before said cost E 100 were sold in Bristol for £ 140, and in some instances even more might have been given (cheers). What I would wish to impress and that most particularly upon the shareholders of this new under- taking is, to have confidence in your Directors. I now tell you, you have good managers, and I feel great pleasure in seeing them sitting around me, and you also have a good chairman in fact you have, in the person of Mr. Talbot, a gentleman who has done more for you than any other man in the kingdom could do (loud cheers). There were also two other gentlemen who formed a portion of the list pf Directors whom, if they searched the whole world over, they could not find better men —-the one connected with one of the largest iron manufactories in the world, and the other one of the greatest copper producers we have (cheers). Such men as these are the men to manage your business, and you may be sure that under their influence and directions nothing can go otherwise than for the best (cheers). Having said so much, I beg leave to return you my thanks for the honour you have paid me by favouring me with your company to-day, and more especially for bringing the ladies with you, whom I also thank, arid request you to drink to the health of Mr. Talbot, and success to the South Wales Railway." (The toast was drunk amid the most enthusiastic applause.) C. R. M. Talbot, Esq., M.P., (chairman of the board), on rising to return thanks, was received with repeated rounds of applause. The hon. gentleman commenced by remarking that lie must crave the indulgence of the assembly, whilst making an att-mpt to reply to tte toast which had just been so ably given from the chair, for he assured them that he was labouring under a considerable obfuscation of intellect (laughter). He had that day witnessed so many scenes and undergone so many vicissitudes that lie had never' experienced before—had been so magically propelled through hills and valleys, over and under houses, bridges, rivers, ar.d canals, that the whole of these scenes at Chepstow, Newport, Cardiff, down to Swansea, were so jumbled together in his mind, that he feared it would be a task of no ordinary magnitude to return thanks for the honour which had been conferred upon himself and his bro- ther directors. He had, on various previous occasions, the honour of returning thanks for similar compliments in that county. Bit on those occasions he had laboured under the consciousness that the obligation was one-sided (" No, no,") On this occasion, however, no such difficulty presented itself, because no doubt could be entertained that the directors had ruost assiduously laboured, and therefore deserved well at their hands (hear, and cheers). This day completed the first portion of a most magnificent enterprise—an enterprise which had called forth all the zeal, all the patience, all the perseverance, and ali the money (a laugh) which could, under any .circum- stances, be commanded (hear). On the advantages of railway communication in general, he (Mr. Talbot) would offer no ob- servations, for he would not assume the inhabitants of Swansea and its neighbeurhood to be such li slow coaches" as not fully to appreciate its numerous benefits. 'On the other hand, he L believed the men of this county were fast" men, and would not rest content with having the line brought to Swansea, but would see it made to Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, so as to join the whole of South Wales in one brotherhood (loud applause). When the late Mr. O'Connell addressed some of hi-t monster meetings, he commenced by saying, This is a gr at day for Ireland." He (Mr. Talbot) would paraphrase that observation, and take the liberty of saying, This is a great d y for Wales" (cheers). With regard to the Directors of this Company he hoped all present were of opinion that they had done justice to Wales. He hoped they would do justice to them. Let them travel, travel, travel (hear, hear). As her Majesty called on her faithful commoners to provide the sup- plies, so the directors called upon the public to travel. He had read of a Roman Emperor who offered his crown to any one who would find out a new pleasure. Had the Emperor lived ow he ph. Talbot) would have recommended him to have come down by the South Wales Railway from Chepstow to Swansea (hear, hear, and laughter). He would not express towards Mr. Brunei so bad a feeling as to wish that he had « en transferred to the days of Heliogabulus, but had Helio- gabulus lived in the days of Mr. Brunei, it would be so much the better for Heliogabulus (cheers and laughter). As he (Mr. Talbot was addressing a Swansea audience, he hoped to be ex- cused if he stated a wish to say a few words respecting its local interest, for he considered that being mixed up with the prosper ty of the railroad, they were in a great measure tied together. Ever since he had remembered Swansea he had heard great talk about its docks (hear, hear)-)-et they HP- peared to make no progress in the matter. His old school- master, when the boys were rather idly disposed, would slrout ''Ilocegi." To the inhabitants of Swansea he (Mr. Talbot) would 'say "Dock egí" (hear, and a laugh); On that very field where the mayor had done his best to tempt them with an abundance of champagne, there ought to have been 24 feet of salt water (hear, hear, and cheers). He would not de- tain them further excepting by proposing a toast. It was the proud boast of England that its municipalities governed them- selves, not as in some countries as the tools of the govern- ment, but freely and independently. The entertainment which had been given them that day by the mayor and municipal authorities of Swansea, reflected credit on South Wales. The hon. gentleman concluded by proposing "The Mayor of Swansea" a toast received with three times three. His Worship, in acknowledging the compliment, said that he was so highly gratified at seeing such a large company assembled and felt so flattered at the handsome manner in which his health had been received, that he felt no little diffi- culty in replying; After merely thanking the ladies and gentlemen present, he proposed "The health of the Lord- lieutenant and Members of the County." Mr. Talboi, M. P., who responded to the toast,.felt extremely obliged to them for the honour paid, and said he was sure that the other Member, had he been present, (but he was in Italy) would also have been extremely grateful for the kind manner in which their healths had been recognised. He con- cluded by thanking the company present on behalf of himself a. d Lord A tare. I'he illi.y,)r next gave "The health of the High Sheriff of the County," a man well known in Wales, and much respected; (cheers.) It. Fothergill, Esq., the gentleman alluded to, in returning thanks, thanked, in warm terms, the chairman for proposing, and the company for responding to his health in the kind manner they had. All he could say in return was, that he full well felt her did not deserve it, but as they had so honoured him, he begged to return them his most sincere thanks The .Chairman next proposed The healths of the members of the boroughs of Glamorganshire," and J. II. Vivian, Esq., was called for, with three times three. The company then loudly called for Sir John Guest, and after a short time, both gentlemen rose together. Silence having been procured, Sir John said he felt extremely obliged for the honour which had been conferred upon him by drinking his health in the manner they had done, but the pleasure was heightened, and that in no small degree, by what lie had witnessed that day. He had done all that lay in his power for the interest and success of the undertaking, whlose opening they then met to celebrate; and from what he had witnessed, he should be induced to do all in future that he possibly^could. (cheers.) He could say no more than that he was sincerely obliged to all the gentlemen present, and that he was much delighted with the day's proceedings. (Loud cheers.) J. II. Vivian Esq., on being called for, rose and said, he begged leave to return thanks on his part, for the very delightful man- ner in which the healths of the members for the borough had been drunk. He had stood before them once before that day in the capacity of Director, but he now had the honour of doing so as a member for their borough (hear, hear.) Connected as lie was with the town of Swansea, he was anxious to pro- mote, by every means in his power, the communication between South Wales and England, but whatever anxiety had been caused,, or whatever trouble had been taken, he felt himself fully compensated by the pleasing events of this day (cheers.) He could truly say that this had been one of the most gratifying days of his life (cheers.) He had frequently felt the reproach of being 100 miles from the nearest station, but he was now happy that this was a stigma which could now no longer be applied to that town (cheers). The town of Swansea would now be brought within a day's ride of London, and England and Wales would be close together; and when they took into consideration other advantages connected vith railroads, they could but hail the introduction of the South Wales line as a means of great future benefit (cheers). Noblemen and others might choose only to ride in first-class carriages, but in that train could the poor man for a proportionate price be conveyed. He did rejoice, and that most sincerely, upon the arrival of the day when the Principality received the advantage of railroads, (cheers). The advantages in the working of the Post-office department, was also apparent. Instead of being two, days from the metropolis in the transmission of letters, it would with ease he now accomplished in one day. Their letters would be brought to them in the morning, and in the evening they would be enabled to answer them (A voice What about the Docks ?] A word or two then, gentlemen, about the Docks. As they all well knew, the South Wales Railway travelled through all the various ports of the Bristol channel, and would communicate with all. Of what advantage to the town the docks might prove to be, h.e could not at present say but this he could say that it was just like a travelling upon the turnpike road, he would, when he required refreshment stop at a house where he imagined he should get the best tap (hear), So would it be with the docks-ships would go where they ima- gined they could produce the best minerals (hear, hear). He hoped that they would now go to work in right earnest, and by carrying out a plan which he had recommended as many as 20 years ago, they would no longer sit down under the stigma of having not sufficient and available accommodation. After a few concluding remarks, the worthy gentleman sat down amidst loud applause. P. S. L. Grenfell, Esq., then said that he had obtained per- mission of the Mayor top'ropo'se I- The hcalth'of the Chairman and Directors of the Great Western Railway (loud cheers). A body without a head would symbolise with what the South Wales Railway would have been without the valuable aid afforded it by the Great Western Company (hear). From a very intimate connexion with a portion of the South Wales Directors, he had much cause to have confidence in them, especially in their valuable and most efficient secretary, whom he observed present (cheers). As a resident of Swansea, and one who, in the ordinary course of events^ would end his days here, he (Mr, Grenfell) naturally took a lively interest in every thing appertaining to the success and prosperity of the district. This was what he had long desired to see, and now that it had arrived, he must say that it had exceeded his most sanguine anticipations (cheers). The Chairman of the Directors had called upon them to do justice to the South Wales Railway shareholders. He (Mr. Grenfell) believed that they were fully prepared to do so (cheers). Yesterday morning, on receiving from the Mayor the time-bill of the Railway, he felt as though he resided in a different locality. He had strongly felt the reproach (which could no longer be cast upon them) of having dearest friends and relatives living 20Q miles off, and without the facilities presented by railway transit. This was a matter that came home to every man's bosom. After alluding in the highest terms to the eminent services rendered by Mr. Talbot, and the good fortune of the Company in securing that gentle- man's valuable services, Mr. Grenfell further alluded1 to the intimate oneness of interest existing between the South Wales and the Great Western Company, and concluded by proposing the toast, which .was most warmly received. P. B. Barlow, Esq., a Director of the Board, said, in reply- ing to the toast he had heaid with pleasure many toasts presented and responded to that day, and this toast also gave him infinite pleasure, but there was one circumstance connected with it which he regretted, and that was that it had fallen to his lot to reply to it. He greatly lamented that they had been deprived of the pleasure of the Chairman of the Board in con- nexion with the Great Western Railway, for he would have done ample justice to the honour paid that body (hear hear). What induced him to get up he could hardly tell, but he believed that it must have been caused by his locomotive propensities (laughter)—propensities which he possesed some- what strongly, and which often prevented him from sitting still (cheers and laughter). Mr. Barlow then dwelt upon the history and the circumstances of the origin of the South Wales Railway, a line which he, as a director of the Great Western, cherished with the feelings, of a parent. He looked upon it as a bantling of their own line, and concluded by alluding, in glowing terms, to the presence of so many ladies, some of whom he hoped to see attend balls and fashionable assemblies in the metropolis and return to Swansea at the conclusion, as the ladies of Reading, Cheltenham, and other towns did, such being the extraordinary facilities afforded by railway communication (cheers). Thomas Edward Thomas, in brief, but suitable remarks, proposed The health of J. K. Brunnel, Esq., the Engineer- in-chief of the line." This toast was received witli-the-,inost enthusiastic applause, Mr. Brunei, on rising to respond, was greeted withdea- fening cheers, and it was not until he had mounted the seat ot his chair that the company would allow him to commence. Mr. Brunei, however, had hardly uttered half a dozen words when the band commenced ph.ying, thereby preventing the possibility of his being heard. (Loud cries of Stop the band" came from all parts, when, during a little quiet, Mr. Brunei, smilingly said-r-Ladies and gentlemen, I regret that I am the cause of stopping the band, for I can assure you that you will hear nothing half so agieeable from me (great laugh- ter). He felt exceedingly indebted to them for the very kind manner—[Here again the band was heard and the previous cries became loud and frequent. J—Mr. Brunei begged that they wonld not take so much trouble oil his account, for if it would answer the same purpose the band might play and he would sing, to it (great laughter). He felt exceedingly in- debted to them all—he begged their pardon, but he excepted the gentleman who proposed the toast (laughter) for tie kind manner in which they had beliayed .towards him What they had already heard from their worthy chairman and others was of so important a nature as required nothing of the very little he could say to then lie would, therefore, not occupy their time but merely them for their kindness to- wards him (loud cheers). Mr. G. G. Francis, in an address in which he dwelt at some length on the important advantages to the district which must inevitably result from the construction of the Vale of Neath Railway, con luded by proposing a toast in honour of the chairman (Lord Villiers) and. dire-tors of that line (applause). Lord Villiers, in returning thanks, remarked that few lines could he pointed out as conferring greater advantages upon any district, than the Vale of Neath must inevitably confer on the line of country through which it passed. AVhile they were forming iirlway communications throughout every por- tion of this vast empire, it would indeed have been a re- proach not to have a line connecting the rich and manufac- turing dibtri't of Merthyr and the hills with the western seaports of this country (hear, hear, and applause). Mr. Vivian could not allow this toast to pass without ex- pressing his sense, of the services which Lord Villiers and the other directors, of the Vale of Neath Line had been the means of conferring upon the country (loud cheers). R. Aubrey, Esq., then proposed The Taff Vale Railway Directors." Mr. W. Done Bushell, managing director of the TaffVale Railway, rose to respond to the toast. He said that he thanked the chairman and company with all his heart for this acknow- ledgement of the services rendered by the Taff Vale Railway Company to the community. The directors of (hat line had striven to do their Cttity and at this meeting they had their reward (cheers). They had known days of discount. He (Mr Busheli) rejoiced to say tbey were now in the day" of Plemium (cheers). The Mayor, who was also his (Mr. Bushell's) col- league, and the other directors, stood by the ship when she was sinking they had now the reward for their labour (cheers). The Taff Vale did not stand as the worse line in the country (cries of —"It is the best.") Mr. Talbot, in spsaking of the manner in which the South Wales line could be best supported, had said.- "Travel,travel,travel." But he (Mr. Bushell) hoped that. they would allow him to tell them on the South Wales line that they must find the means to travel. He alluded (in proceetling) to third class carriages and observed that on the Taff Vale Railway there was thirteen third class passengers for every one of the first class (hear, hear). In this district and in the districts through which the Taff Vale Line was carried, they were mixed up with low charges. These were the things to develope the mineral re- sources of a country (hear). Mr. Bushell then thanked the com- pany for their courtesy and attention. He was deprived, at (hi;,) meeting, of the services of his chairman (Mr. Coffin), and his al' deputy chairman was abroad (laughter). With a few further remarks he concluded, amid cries of "Go on," and loud cheers. .Mr. Greenfell said that, in the absence of Dr. Bird, he had the honour to propose the healths of the Mayors of Gloucester, Cardiff, Neath, Carmarthen, and Haverfordwest, and other municipal officers who had honoured the meeting that day with their pre- sence (cheers). They all knew the value of good municipal officers and if they wanted the pattern of a good mayor, he could show them one or two at Swansea. The inhabitants of Swansea could also show the company their present mayor, who had risen, by his own exertions, to the position which he then so honourably and I) worthily filled (cheers). He (Mr. Grenfell) had also in his eye the ex-mayor (Mr. Michael) who had rendered to the town of Swansea last year most important services during the the time that the cholera committed such ravages in various parts of the kingddm. And of such importance were those services held to by the town, that the inhabitants met and unanimously offered to him (Mr. Michael) a testimony of their warm aproval and gratitude. Thus, ths Swansea people showed how they valued good municipal officers (cheers). And it could be shown also what municipalities were capable of doing; as very lately the Lord Mayor of London had entertained Prince Albert and a host of distinguished individuals at the Mansion-house (loud cheers). He (Mr. Grenfell) believed that the provincial mayors, who had partaken of the Lord Mayor's hospitality, were not going to be backward. The hon. gentleman concluded by repeating his toast, whih was drank with loud cheers. Mr. Smallridge, Mayor of Gloucester, returned thanks in a few appropriate expressions; and then said that at the fetive toard that day he had seen many light and beautiful faces. He had always been an admirer of Welsh beauty; and had seen great displays of it that day (immense cheering). He concluded by proposing the health of the ladies, which was most warmly received by the company, and drank with euthuthiastic applause. Mr. Vivian, M.P., proposed the health of Lord James Stuart which was drank with protracted cheering, waving of handker- chiefs, and unmistakeable expressions of respect from all present. Lord James Stuart, who returned thanks was received with enthusiastic cheering, which lasted for some time. Silence having been restored, his lordship said that the compliment which they had done him the honour of paying him was unexpected: he confessed he scarcely expected it. He could assure the com- pany that he was most grateful for the honour. He believed that ;to the knowledge of many of them present he was not a stranger in Swansea;, for in the early part of his life he had the honour of representing the town in Parliament, (l&ud cheers). As long as he lived he shoiild entertain the greatest regard for the town and feet the deepest interest to all that appertained to its welfare. (renewed cheers). He balieved they were also aware of his long c< nnexion with the coi n y of G amorg n. He might say, with equal truth, that in every thing that concerned the county of Glamorgan he felt the deepest interest. That being the case, he was sure they would admit that he must feel particular plea- sure in being present that day, and they would admit that he had accepted the invitation to be present with equal gratification, (cheers). It would be to him a source of pleasure to, reflect that he was present at the opening of the South Wales Railway,—a railway which he believed would produce advantages not only to this county but to the principality at large, (loud cheers). Iu the early part of Mr. Talbot's speech that gentleman made some allusion to the intima a connexion which would hencefuward exist between all parts of this county-the east and west in par- ticular. His lordship, in eloquent terms, referred to the amicable understanding which this line would be the means of producing and to the friendship it would cemen-, when a 1 part a would m, et as brethren aud have no other object in view than the general ad- vantage of the community, (loud cheers). His lordship most anxiously hopsd that the line which had be so auspiciously com- menced would, in the course of a few years be extended to Milford to the full exteut originally contemplated, (loud cheers). Allusions had been made to the projected docks at Swansea. Of course the company were aware that he (Lord James) took the greatest interest in the docks at Cardiff, which had been con- structed Ly bi.,i late brother (the Marquis of Bute). From public and private motives his lordship felt great interest in the increas- ing prosperity of the Bute Docks and in the welfare of the port of Cardiff. lIe considered—if he might take the liberty of saying so-that the docks at Cardiff formed a g e it example for the town of Swansea, and he most sincerely hoped that flourishing and capacious docks would be constructed at Swansea. Nothing would give him greater pleasure than to hear that both ends of this county-Car(\iff at;c! Swansea—were prospering (loud cheers). His lordship made some other allusions to the town and con- cluded by proposing—"Prosperity to the Town and Trade of Swansea.—which was drank with loud cheers. Captain Richardson, having been loud:y" called for, rose to return thanks. When lie first saw Swansea it was of very small importance, compared wth its present trade and extent. At that time there were no railways in the country and Swansea har- bour was a very indifferent one (hear, hear). They were now about to have a good harbour—to have a spacious dock; and the opening of the South Wales Railway could be regarded as no other than a most aupicious event for the time (hear.) The cir- cumstances of this day were those on which the inhabitants might be congratulated. 'I here were present many of the cop) e princes of England, and the iron princes of Wales (cheers). He tru,t(d that they-should all have courage enough and money enough to follow up the advantages which the railways opened, and to let the town have the additional advantage of floating accommodation for shipping (cheers). Swansea could then flourish as they were told Cardiff did (loud cheers). Mr. Powell, of the Gaer, near Newport, Monmouthshire, oh his health being proposed by Mr. Vivian, presented himself to the meeting. He called for an extension of dock accommodation at at Cardiff. He wished to see docks at Briton Ferry, and at Swansea. He was not satisfied with the dock at Cardiff it was not sufficiently extensive. He shipped S,393 tons of cJal there last week, and could have done more it he could have had dock-room. They were hewing the mere chips." They had plenty of minerals with which they could supply the country, let them only affoid traffic to those who would embark in it. THe place in which they stood was the place fer the Swansea people to get their docks. Let them remember what their town was a few years ago. Let them go back to the time when he came there first, in the year 1801, and they would find that it was then little or nothing. He had thought of the coal trade, and had not allowed the grass to grow under his feet; and he was stire that if they were fill to do likewise, they would find there would be plenty of room for all (hear, hear). Let them open their minds and opeii their pockets, tilid tll(,'Y WUUILI do very well (cheers and laughter). In conclusion, he wished every success to the South Wales Railway and all connected with it (loud cheers). Sir John Guest, at the request of the company [and this was a toast which seemed to have been forgotten], proposed the health of the Mayor of Swansea. lie said, the toast he was about to propose to them, and he must acknowledge the hour was rather a late one for introducing it, was "The health of their highlv- lieir bigi-,Iv- respected Chairman, Christopher James, Esq., the Mayor of the town of Swansea" (loud cheers). He [ihe speaker] had been acquainted with him for the last forty years, and he need not eulogise the merits of that gentleman, although he full well knew his worth, for he was one that they all must-feel towards him as he [the speaker] did, by electing him to fill the very prominent position he now held. He would, therefore, propose his health, with three times three. The toast having been warmly responded to, The cliaii-iiiati said, that he fully felt the great,honour conferred upon him, by the toast which had fallen from Mr J. Guest, and responded to by the company present. In return, he begged leave to tender his best and warmest thanks. The-compliment he considered a double one, and he would say why. His health had been proposed and drank as the Mayor of Swansea, and then he had the pleasure of hearing the name of Christopher James, mentioned. There was one thing to be said, .the proposer of his health and himself were not young friends, for he [tha Mayor] had known him ever since he was a child. He could not say more than that he was extremely obliged to all for the very warm manner in which they had received his health. This large and highly fashionable assemblage then sepa- rated, the honourable member for Swansea concluding by inviting all the company who felt disposed to inspect 11(8 magnificent grounds, &c., at Singleton, to pay him a visit 0 1!1 t on the following day. Many of the guests at once pro- ceeded to the railway station, where they were conveyed to -their intended destination, whilst others1 remained behind to witness the diifereqtseources of amusement attainable in the evening. At the theatre a numerous audience assembled to witness the performance of The Robbers Wife," ;th.e" Railway Station," and. The Momentous Question." At 10 o'clock a splendid display of fireworks which was presented by J. H, Vivian, Esq., took place upon the green where the previous pleasures of the breakfast were enjoyed. Some thousands assembled and were highly delighted at the very beautiful illustration of the art of pyrotechny they had witnessed. The whole was wound up by a splendidly illuminated device, on which was inscribed in letters of fire, Opening of the South Wales Railway." A ball was also held at the Assembly Rooms, but the attendance was not so numerous as expected. On the following day (Wednesday) not only were numbers attracted to the beautiful demesne of J. H. Vivian, esq., but many enjoyed the pleasures of a regatta, which took place during the day. [It will be seen by our list of some of the company present at the breakfast that the name of our Worship the Mayor does not appear. We are particularly sorry from circum- stances he did not attend. From what we have gleaned re- specting his absence it appears it was fully understood, from a letter which had been received by some of the Corporation, that accommodation would be found for the Mayor and Cor- poration of the town of Cardiff. Supposing such to be the case, they proceeded towards the breakfast-room, but were stopped by the ticket-takers, on account of not holding the necessary tickets, but only those which had been provided them by Mr. Vachell, who fully expected the breakfast marqnee would have contained sufficient accommodation for them all. Mr. James, the Mayor of Swansea, was sent for. and be referred the gentlemen to the Town Clerk. This official informed them that as they had not procured dinner tickets, and more having been issued than were at first in- tended they were entirely crowded out, and therefore could y not be admitted to the breakfast. C. Vatchell, Esq., and the other gentlemen, then adjourned to the Castle hotel, whero they provided themselves with some refreshment, and left the town on the return of the train.]