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I FESTIVITIES AT HAWARDEN. The festivities in connection with the recent marriage at Hawarden recommenced on Monday with a kiudly reciprocation of the welcome so freely accorded to the family and connections of the ex-Premier. The day was set apart for the school children's treat, and consequently the teachers and scholars—as well Sunday as day-of Hawarden, St. Mary's (Broughton), St. John's (Pen-y- Alynydd), Sholton, Sandicroft, and Sealand, walked in procession to Hawarden Castle, carrying flags and nose- gays. The schools proceeded through the park to the front of Mr Gladstone's residence, where they were met by Mr and Mrs Gladstone, Lord Lvttelton, Lady Lyttel- ton, Lord and Lady Cavendish, and others. Mrs and Miss Gladstone exhibited the presents given to the Hon. G. S. Douglas-Pennant and his bride (nee Miss Jessie Glynne). The children were then conducted to a spacious pavilion, erected by Messrs, Brown and Lamont, of Chester, for this week's festivities. Here they were visited by the party already mentioned, as well as by Mr W. H. Glad- stoue, M.P., Mrs W. H. Gladstone, Miss Mary Gladstone, the Rev. S. E. Gladstone, &c. The children, were enter- tained with tea, cake, &c. Among those who took an active part in promoting this portion of the entertainment were the ladies already mentioned, with Mesdames Burnett, Moffat, Tellett Davison, Miss Tibbits, the Revs. S. E, Gladstone, Hon. A. V. Lyttelton, C. Gamlen, and J. Baines Messrs. Spencer, Roberts, Adkins, Lightfoot, &c. The children were upwards of 800 in number. Shortly before these proceedmgs were concluded, a little girl (Clara Dale; presented to Mrs W. H. Gladstone, on behalf of herself and her fellow scholars at Pen.v- Mynydd, a framed photograph of that church, and Mr W. H. Gladstone acknowledged the presentation on behalf of his bride. In the' course of the day, the schoolmasters and teachers were presented with portions of the wedding cake, furnished by Messrs Bolland and Sons, Chester, for the wedding of the Hon. G. S. Douglas- Pennant. After tea, the children adjourned to the lawn below the ruins of the old keep, and played at various games. As evening drew on, the pavilion was lighted up and dancing commenced to the music of the Hawarden band. Later on, a fire balloon was sent up and other displays of pyrotechny were made, under the superin- tendence of Messrs. Vickers, Spencer, and Lightfoot. On Tuesday, about 400 of the tenants of the Hawarden estate were entertained to dinner in the pavilion behind the castle. The carvers were Mr Gladstone, the Rev. S. E. Gladstone, Messrs.W. Johnson, F. Thompson, J. Griffiths, Banks, Hill, Webb, Captain Vickers, J. Roberts, Towns- hend, Barker, &c. Mrs Gladstone, Mr and Mrs W. H. Gladstone, Misses Ellen and Mary Gladstone, Mr Herbert Gladstone, Miss Glynne, the Hon. Miss Lyttelton, &c., were also present. After dinner, Mr Gladstone in proposing the toast of The Queen and Royal Family," said :—You are aware that the Prince of Wales has i,one to India for the purpose of making himself acquainted with that vast portion of the empire, and with ideas, prospect, and dispositions of more than 200,000,000 people. It will be his duty there to repre- sent the honour and the dignity of the British sovereignty. He W il have much labour to perform. I should say that the risks of climate are not to be put out of view. Pray for him in your thoughts and in your prayers, and; may God grant to him a prosperous journey and a happy return. Mr Griffiths, of the Rake, proposed the health of Mr W. H. Gladstone and Mrs Gladstone, which was drank with three hearty cheers. Mr W. H. Gladstone returned thanks on behalf of himself and his bride, and hoped that the future would give them a full measure of that happiness their kindlv greeting showed they all desired. He was one of those who held and believed it was for the interest of the country that it was the first duty of the landlord to study the interests of his tenants, and he assured them he would not be slow to do that, as far as lay in his power. And if he was slow to do it, he thought he had associated with himself one who would quickly bring him to a sense of his duty (loud applause). Mr W. H. Gladstone then referred to the resources of the neighbourhood, which he said only required a little more time to develop themselves more fully; and again returned thanks by drinking all their good healtbs. (1 Mr John Roberts, of Wellhouse Farm, proposed" The health of Mr and Mrs Gladstone." which was received with loud cheers. jdr Gladstone, in responding, alluded to the relation between himself and his son in their respective positions 1 as owners of property in the immediate vicinity, and those who lived upon that property, observing that when they looked back over the long years during which 1 they had been connected with the family at Hawarden, 1 he thought their testimony would be that the conduct which had been pursued towards them had been satis- factory in itself, and likewise that it must operate as a • powerful incitement to those who would have relations with them henceforward to imitate those who had set them so excellent an example. He continued In truth there is nothing more characteristic of the country in which we live than a meetmg of this description. There is no particular line of separation drawn in the social j 1 system of this country, from the very highest point, where the Queen siis upon her throne of the greatest antiquit/and splendour, down to the humblest cottager ] iu the land. Every one is near to those about him. All feel themselves included—whatever the diversities of their circumstances-by old recollections, by neighbour- hood, by common interest and feeJing,, so that it may be said, and I hope will le said increasingly from year to year, that although this is a gieat and diversified society, prbsentiug every possible variety of character and con- dition, yet still the inhub,tanls of this country, each of them retaining tj himself the freedom of his mind and thoughts, do, notwithstanding, term one body, united to one another in interest und in affection. If that has been so in former terms, I, for one, am sanguine: enough to believe, now that I atu reaching the evening of life, that in future time it will be so in an increased degree. Mr Gladstone then aiverted to the m Hriage of Miss Glynne (now the Hor. Mrs Douglas Pennant), speaking injaigh -terms of her private character, and con- eluded by proposing the tcast of The Clergy of the Parish," to which the Rev. Stephen Gladstone replied, speaking in favour of the parochial system. Miss Glynne's health was drunk, and tho company then enjoyed a dance. On Tuesday Mr and Mrs Gladstone entertained the second batch of upwards of 400 cottage tenants in con- nec'ion with the recent marriage festival at Hawarden. Mr Gladstone, referring to the marriage of his son, said The confidence we have always reposed in him, and which he has always merited by his conduct, will only b- strengthened Rud corroborated by the happy experi- ence of the marriage into which he has entered. All that I need wish for his wife is this—that he may be in future years as good a husband as in past years he has been a son. (Cheers). He is called to a station of im- portance among yolt-for every station is a station of importance which places a man in relation with the heart and affections of so numerous a body of his fellow- country-men—and I rejoice to say that that station, which he and his wife are prospectively to fill may fairly be said to be no sirecure, because the traditions of Hawarden are good traditlous. This has not been one of those places where the heads of society, if I may so call them—the heads of ICCAI society—are isolated and estranged from its members. On the contrary, they have been knit to- gether by the ties of affection and regard. The main- tenance of those ties entails many responsible duties, good offices of Christian charity, good offices of social esteem; and from those responsible duties, I earnestly trust, and I fully believe, that neither my son, nor his'wife, will have any disposition to shrink (ap- plause). I trust that one strong bond of love and concord and confidence may continue to bind you and thoa, during th: course of their natural live, iu those same kindly feelings which, happily, have always been characteristid of the various members of tliiscommunity in their relations. On Thursday night, a ball was given to the residents of the locality, the pavilion being handsomely decorated and brilliantly illuminated by Messr* Brown and Laruont, and Mr Richmond, of Chester. The fes- tivites concluded on Friday with a servants' ball. j


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