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THE DUKE AND HIS TENANTS. INTERESTING CEREMONY AT SAIGHTON. HIS GRACE'S WISH. Yesterday (Tuesday) morning a deputation of the Eaton and Chester tenantry waited upon the Duke at Saighton Towers in order to pre- sent him with an address of welcome. The proceedings were marked by an absence of formality, and were characteristic of the happy relations existing between landlord and tenant on the Eaton Estate. The Duke, who received his visitors in the drawing-room, was accom- panied by the Countess Grosvenor, Mr. George Wyndham, M.P., Lady Lettice Grosvenor, the Hon. Cecil T. and Mrs. Parker, Miss Parker, and Colonel and Mrs. Wilford Lloyd. The tenantry included the following members Of the committee, who had had the matter in handMessrs. John Jones (chairman), John Hartshorn, George Parker, John F. Pickering, John Alcock, Thomas Wood, Thomas R. Probert, John D. Siddall, and Sidney R. Fearnall (hon. secretary). There were also present the Rev. Berkeley, Messrs. T. L. Dodd (Cotton), Wm. Minshull (Poulton), A. W. Butt, W. H. Richards, E. Wells, G. B. Baker, R. D. Allwood, A. W. Armstrong, T. Shaw (Hatton Heath), W. Johnson (Wrexham-road), W. Fearpall, J. Wright (Waverton), James Roberts (Kinner- ton), T. Barber (Saighton), R. H. Davis (Waverton), T. Salmon (Waverton), S. Jones, T. Gregory, John Pickering (Dodleston), T. White, j. Wallworth (Aldford), &c. The Hon. Cecil Parker briefly introduced the deputation to his Grace. Mr. John Jones (Saighton-lane), as chairman of the committee, asked the Duke- to accept an address as a small token of esteem, and he expressed the hope that the Duke might have a long and happy life. nr. Sidney Fearnall then read the address, which was in album form and was bound in Russian leather, the Duke's monogram and a coronet being affixed to the outside. On the first page were the arms of the Grosvenor family and the city of Chester, with a sketch of Eaton Hall at the foot. The address was couched in the following terms To the Most Noble Hugh Richard Arthur, Duke of Westminster. May it please your Grace, We, your devoted Chester and Cheshire tenantry, desire respectfully to approach your Grace on the occasion of your home-coming with heartiest expressions of affection and esteem. We embrace this, the first, opportunity of tendering our warmest congratulations on the attainment of your majority, and of testifying our great joy at your return safe and sound to your ancestral home after gallant and patriotic service for Queen and Empire in the historic South African War. In offering your Grace a true Cheshire welcome, we feel assured that the cordial relations which have existed for generations between landlord and tenantry on the Eaton estate will be perpetuated. Our earnest prayer is that you may long be Pared to maintain the noble traditions of the "lustrious House of Grosvenor and to enjoy under Qod's blessing the rich inheritance and exalted Position which carry with them so many responsi- bilities. Signed on behalf of the tenantry by: -Conunittee: John Jones (chairman), John Hartshorn, George Parker, Richard Fearnall, JohnF. Pickering, John Alcock, Thomas Wood, Thomas R. Probert, John D. Siddall, Sidney R. Fearnall (hon. secretary). List of subscribers —Chester Messrs. Brown and Son, Messrs. A. Butt, T. G. Burrell, John Dodd, C. Haswell, Mrs. Knowles, Messrs. W. H. Lipsham, C. Orme, John Simon, F. J. Warmsley, Miss Wilbraham, Miss Emily Wilbraham, Mrs. Bird, Messrs. Baker and Son, Courant" Office, Mr. T. Dodd, Mr. S. Hamley, Messrs. J. R. Dutton and Co., Mr. A. Donald, Executors of J. E. Ewen, Mr. D. L. Hewitt, Miss E. Melting, Messrs. A. Parkes, A. Richardson, U. W. Richards, Mrs. Ellen Roberts, Messrs. Frank Powell, A. Roberts, D. Sherratt, R. G. Shaw, Messrs. Wood and Son. Kinnerton: Messrs. Thomas Davies, Thos. Gillham, Walter Gillham, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, Mrs. Lawrence, Messrs. John Lea, F. Lindop, James Roberts. Handbridge Messrs. H. T. Barker, R. Dawson, W. Edwards, Thomas Edwards, R. Fraser, Egerton Gilbert, R. Hilton, Wm. Johnson, W. T. Lock- wood, Messrs. McHattie and Co., Messrs. R. Newstead, Jos. Powell, George Parker, James Johnson, Thos. Powell, Geo. Powell, J. D. Siddall, James Strange, J. Swindley, Martha Speed, Mr. John Thompson. Bretton •. Messrs. Denson, Wm. Higgott, R. Higerinson, B. Jones, W. Moulton, Mrs. Susannah Mitchell, Mr. T. R. Probert, Mr. B. Youd. Aldford and Churton: Messrs. John Allwood, Job Astbury, Henry Broster, Job Clark, William Clarke, Chas. Durrant, Wm. Fearnall, John Jones, Edward Lewis, Rev. A. G. Lewis, Mrs. Parsonage, Mrs. Butler, Messrs. W. H. Phillips, R. J. Smith, Joseph Thomas, Laurence Thomas, Thomis White, William Wallworth. Dodleston: Messrs. Robert All- wood, J. Beckett, Peter Edwards, Thomas Fellows, Charles Gillham, Richard Ham, Thomas Hulmston, Joseph Jones, John Pickering, Thomas Roberts, Joseph Yarwood. Poulton and Pulford Messrs. John Alcock, E. Cookson, Wm. Dyke, H. Denson, J. E. Davies, Ellis Gillam, W. Jones, S. Jones, Griffith Jones, W. A. Foster, Wm. Moore, Wm. Minshull, Mrs. Mullock, Mr. J. S. Moore, Mr. J. L. Okell, Mrs. Partington. Mrs. Price, Mr. Robert Parker, Mr. Wm. Toft. Eccleston Messrs. E. Evans, A. Fearnall, Jas. Parker, David Richards. Waverton Messrs. Richard H. Davis, John Gregory, Charles Gregory, Thomas Lea, Wm. Lee, Richard Mullock, Enoch Robinson, Thomas Salmon, Joseph Wright, John Walker, John Wynne, Edward Wells (Eccleston), the Rev. Baillie Hamilton. Hlntington and Lea Messrs. Sidney Denson, Richard Fearnall, Enoch Parting- ton, Thomas Salmon. Cotton: Messrs. Thomas L. Dodd, Thomas Fearnall, E. Rowe, Tom Toft, R. P. Walley. Mai-iston-cttm-Lache: Messrs. F. Allwood, John F. Pickering, E. Randies. Saighton; Mr. John Allwood, H. Barker, Mrs. Boden, the Rev. J. C. Berkeley, Messrs. William Olubbe, Charles Davies, James Dutton, George Edwards, Samuel Jones, John Jones, John Minshull, Thos. Shaw, George Caswall. Mr. John Hartshorn, after the reading of the address, said :—I should not like to leave here without expressing to your Grace the great pleasure it has given the tenantry this morning to meet you and to give you a most cordial welcome, as has been stated in the address, congratulating you on j your return home from the perils of war. I feel that the address contains all that need be said; it contains most fully the sentiments of all present, and I am sure we all most sincerely and respectfully coincide with what has been said. I wish you a happy and prosperous career throughout life, and I hope-and I am sure the tenants present share with me that hope,—that the mantle of your late beloved grandfather may fall upon you. (Applause.) Mr. H. W. Richards said: I am desired on behalf of the city tenantry to convey to you an expression of esteem and regard, especially as you have recently taken a position in South Africa in connection with the unfortunate war which has taken place. I assure your Grace we all feel deeply sensible of the great obliga- tion under which you are laid, and I trust that under Divine Providence you will be guided aright in all the great circumstances through which your life is called to pass. I can only assure you on behalf of your Chester tenants that we welcome you heartily and affectionately to your home and estates, and I trust, as has already been said, that the mantle will fall upon you of your illustrious grandfather, whose loss we all mourn. (Hear, hear.) The Duke, in reply, said: It is with very great joy that I have returned home, and find you coming at once on my return to present an address of welcome to me. It has touched me very much. I may say that during the last two years, having been abroad with the exception of a few days when I came back last January, one has not bad the opportunity of knowing you as one ought to do, but now I have come back- I hope I have come to stay, in fact I know I have-it will be my pleasant duty to know you better. We all know how the late Duke got on-if one may say so-with his tenants. (Hear, hear.) They esteemed him and looked up to him as a landlord, and now I hope they will look up to me in the same way, and will know me better when they have an oDDortunitv of doing so. (Hear, hear.) I think it is well known that the relationship between the late Duke and his tenants was almost an exceptional one, and I hope to earn, as he did, the esteem and regard of my tenants. I again thank you very much, Mr. Jones and gentlemen of the deputa- tion, for the address of welcome you have given me. (Applause.) The tenantry were then entertained to light refreshments. After these proceedings the Duke and party drove to Eaton, where his Grace was warmly welcomed by the household; and thence he drove to Chester. ARRIVAL AT OVERLEIGH LODGE. Punctual to the time arranged, the Duke and his party arrived at Overleigh Lodge, where they were received by the Mayor (Colonel H. T. Brown), and Sheriff (Mr. R. Lamb), the Town Clerk (attired in their robes of office), the Recorder (Sir Horatio Lloyd), and the Mayor's Chaplain (the Rev. J. F. Howson). The lodge was naturally a point of great attraction to sightseers, and a crowd of many hun- dreds assembled there a long time before the Duke's arrival, and cheer- fully braved the elements in order to give his Grace a hearty welcome home. The Duke alighted from his carriage, in which he was accompanied by Countess Grosvenor, and shook hands with the Mayor, Recorder, and Sheriff, and had a brief conversation. He was then escorted to the Market Hall, and was loudly cheered by the crowds who lined the route. Grosvenor-road and Grosvenor-street were elaborately decorated with Venetian masts supporting streamers of flags, large banners, shields, and bannerettes, while crossing the road near Bridge-street was a conspicuous display of bunting with a large sheet bearing the inscription, Success to the House of Eaton."




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