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GRAND BANQUET AT THE TRINITY HOUSE. The Prince of Wales, Prince Leopold, jrince Christian, the Prince of Leiningen, Prinze Edward of Saxe Weimar, General Grant, and 4 celebrities, native and foreign, p banquet at Trinity House on of Wales, in replying to the ciccasion to pay a gracefr' Grant, whom lie cordiall' The Chancellor of. the EJ with cheers), in replyh Ministers," said :— Your Royal Highness, my Lore. -o experience of a good many years anu a good many pleasant dinners at this Corporation has accustomed me when this toast is proposed to hear it always cordially received; and, I may add, that until the present occasion, I have always heard it suitably and ably responded to—(cheers)— but on the present occasion I am put in a position of some difficulty. I feel myself in the presence of many much more worthy representatives of her Majesty's Ministers, more entitled than myself to return thanks for the compliment you have just paid them. When a man finds himself in such a position he naturally begins to ask himself why he has been called upon to fill it. Now, having by the hard necessities of later years been, I confess, rendered somewhat suspicious, I always ask myself this question, whether those who apply to me want money. (A laugh.) 1 confess my suspicions were arouseù this evening (a laugh); for the first thing that arrested my at- tention when 1 came into the roam where your business meeting is held was the model of the Eddystone Light- house, and when I heard that some of the stone was crumbling away, the circumstance was naturally suggestive of future expenditure (a laugh); but I was somewhat re- lieved in two or three minutes, for I soon after met the Secretary of the Treasury, and I knew well that his heart was a great deal harder than all the granite on which the Eddystone Lighthouse was built. (Laughter.) Still, I was a little bewildered why I should be called to re- turn thanks for Her Majesty's Government, except that I also have the distinction of being an Elder Brother of the Trinity House and that I may be in some way regarded as the representative of the Prime Minister, because we were made Elder Brethren on the same day, and of the twins I believe I was by a little the elder. Therefore I accept the honour which has been imposed on'nie. There have been reports and rumours of dissensions in the Cabinet, and of them I do not mean to say anything but this-there is one subject on which there is no dissension. Among all the Ministers who have ever dined at the Trinity-house there is no dissension as to the manner in which they have been re- ceived in this hospitable hall. (Cheers.) There is a system which prevails in some countries of interviewing )1inisters after dinner. (A laugh.) We have an illustrous foreigner here present-but I won't call him a foreigner (cheers) —we have a distinguished and illustrious guest here present, who knows what interviewing means on the other side of the Atlantic. Here we do our interviewing in the shape of after dinner speeches—(a laugh)—when Her Majesty's Ministers return thanks for the hospitality be-, stewed and the confidence reposed in them. (Cheers.) I remember an old story which used to be told of Pitt— rather a good story at the time. lie was asked by some friend who met him, "What news?' "News." said Pitt, "I have not seen the newspapers." (A laugh.) But, seriously, the newspapers now seem to know a great deal more of our proceedings than we do our- selves, and therefore, as I do not happen to have seen the evening's newspaper--(a laugh)—all I can say is that I am the most unlucky of Ministers, because all my col- leagues are constantly wanting two things of me; they are always wanting money—(a laugh)—and time. Every colleague comes to me asking for time to bring in this Bill and that which he has prepared, and I am always expected tf) make time, notwithstanding the little obstructions which occur now and then. (Laughter.) My right hon. friend the Home Secretary is a most dangerous ellow (a laugh); he comes to me both for money and for time. With his Prisons Bill he takes up a great deal of time, and no doubt he will by and by be emptying the Exchequer in making prison discipline uniform and render- ing the prisons sufficiently comfortable to their inmates. (A hmgh.) But, understanding all this. I hope, on the part of Her Majesty's Ministers, you will receive at «ur hands, and through my unworthy medium, our cordial thanks for the honour you have done us. (Cheers.) I can assure you that, although I have ventured to speak in a light strain on one or two matters, we do feel very keenly the serious nature of our position and the gravity of the circumstances of the present day, but I am sure you will not expect me on an occasion like this to enter into discussion on these matters. (Cheers.) We cannot but feel the situation of Europe at this moment one of the greatest anxiety to all Englishmen, especially to those engaged in the administra- tion of affairs. The gcneral principles on which the Govern- ment act have been stated more than once, and, we beHeve they command the confidence of the' 'country. (Cheers.) That confidence may be tempered with a little generosity, but at the same time it is a confidence which enables us to speak and to act boldly when occasion for either speech or action may arise. (Cheers.) We fully believe that the interests of England are the interests of Europe and of the world. (Cheers.) Our interests are in the maintenance of peace, and I mean something more than the mere cessation of hostilities—the maintenance of honour and good faith. (Cheers.) That is an interest not peculiar to ourselves. It is an interest in which we have no selfish wonl to speak —it is an interest which we have in common with other Powers, and we believe that other Powers will be as sensible of it as ourselves. Weare anxious to have our part in the settlement that must come. We know that things are in a state of confusion, and the most melancholy confusion but we know, sooner 01' later order must come, and if that order is somewhat different from the old order, if it ùe satisfac- tory, let us bear our part in the settlement, that must come. (Hear, hear.) Let others also bear their parts (hear, hear); this only I will say, that while we ought not to run to meet our troubles half way, so neither ought we to ùe neglectful in watching what may ùe coming. 50 one can more ear- nestlydeprecate overhaste, no one can be more anxious that necessary precautions should b" taken in this matter. I believe the interests of Europe are the same as the interests •of this country, and I believe when the day of settlement cÜilles-and come it will, and it may be soon-it will be a settlement ill which this country will bear an honOllralJle part, and a part worthy of it. (Loud cheers.) The Earl of Carnarvon in proposing the health of General Grant, said— There are several reasons why the toast comes with pecu- liar appropriateness here. We have been reminded by the Deputy-Master of the interchange of courtesy and hos- pitality which has passed 011 former occasions between Pre- sident Grant and the representatives of this Board. But there is also another reason. An old poet has sung of a great island which was the centre of the sea," and that language has also been applied to this country with some fitness, be- cause here strangers of all classes, of all ranks-mell of letters, men of arts, men of science, men of state all that have been most worthy and great, have, as it were, come to this centre of the old civilization. (Cheers.) And I venture without disparagement to any of these illustrious guests to say that never has there been one to whom we willingly accord a freer, a fuller, a heartier welcome than we do to General Grant on this occasion. (Loud cheers.) We accord it to him, not merely because we believe he has performed the part of a distinguished general in many a "well-foughtentield," nor because he has twice filled the highest office which the citizen of his great country can fill, but because we look upon him here present to night as representing, so to speak, that goodwill and that affection which ought to subsist between us and the United States of America. (Loud cheers.) It is not a century since there befell this country what we believe to have been the greatest misfortune that her pages record. Not a hundred years ago the States of America separated from us; aud, great as the loss was, I do not think that the separation was the greatest part of the calamity. The disaster lay in this, that the separation on each side was effected amid the storms of passion, resentment, and animosity. Yet not a century has rolled by, and I believe, and thank God for believing, that in a great measure that animosity and resentment have passed away, and we are entering on a new stage of mutual trust, of mutual sym- pathy, and of mutual support and strength. (Loud cheers.) I have had perhaps, special opportunities of observing this in the office I have the honour to hold. It has been my duty to be connected with the great dominion of Canada, stretching, as it does, several thousand miles along the frontier of the United States, aud during the last three or four years I can truthfully say that nothing impressed me more or gave me livelier satisfaction than the inter- change of friendly and good offices between the two countries under the auspices of President Grant. (Loud cheers.) Thanks to steam and the telegraph, science is rapidly bridging over the Atlantic, and as we are drawing closer to each other as far as the relations of time ane space are concerned, we are drawing closer also to each other in friendly feeling and sympathy. (Cheers.) Of this at least I am satisfied, that there is no higher or nobler task for any statesman on either side the Atlantic than as far as lies in his power to strengthen the instincts of that great natural alliance that ought to subsist, to remove shade of difference, to cement every poss' pathy, and to make the two nations, which:, in feeling, and in religion, one also in sv tion, and I would venture to add in tt common political action. (Loud Cheei The Health of the Guests," aud to coi tinguished name of General Grant. (Lo cheers.) General Grant was loudly cheered on 1.. ±0 spond. He spoke in such a low voice as not to be heard distinctly, but he was understood to say that he felt more impressed than possibly he had ever felt before on any occasion. He said he came there under the impression that this was the Trinity House, and that the trinity consisted of the Army, the Xavy, anil Peace. He therefore thought it was a place of quietude, where there would be no talk or toasts. (Laughter.) He had been therefore naturally surprised at hearing both one and the other. He had heard some re- marks from his RoyallIighness the president of the evening which compelled him to say one word in response to them. The remarks he referred to were complimentary to him. He begged to thank his Royal Highness for those remarks. There had been other things said during the evening highly gratifying to him. Not the least gratifying among them was to hear that there were occasionally in this country party fights as well as in America. (Laughter.) lie had seen before now as much as a war between the three departments of the State-the executive, the judicial, and the legislative departments, lie had not seen the political parties of Englamlgo so far as that since he had come to this country. Hc would imitate their Chairman, who had set the good example of oratory—that was brevity—aud say no more than simply to thank his Royal Highness and the company for the visitors.


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