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MACHYNLLETH. THE ROYAL VISIT. Mr R. C. Anwyl presided over a meeting of the Executive Committee held in the Town Hall on Monday. There were also present Messrs H. Lloyd Jones, Edward Davies, Edmund Gillart, R. Gillart, Joseph Edmunds, J. M. Breeze, Mrs Lloyd, Rev Mr Hughes, Dr Matthews, Mr G. W. Griffiths, Mr Joseph Eva'ns, Mrs Joseph Evans, Mr D. H. Morgan with Mr David Evans, hon. secretary. Mr David Evans said that at the last meeting of the Executive Committee the question arose how he had ascertained the wishes of the Marchioness (D) of Londonderry that she had no desire to receive any- thing in a substantial form from the town in recog- nition of her kindness in conferring the honour by the presence of royalty in their midst. On the Friday evening after the arrival of the Royal party from Aberystwyth it was intimated to him that the Reception Committee should meet at the station on the Saturday morning, and after the departure of y I the Royal train to form into procession and headed by the band escort her ladyship through the town to Plas Machynlleth. He embodied those sentiments in a letter and sent it to Mr Henry. He received a reply to the effect that her Ladyship whilst thanking them thought that it would be a little out of place as she wished all the the enthusiasm to be shown to Their Royal Highnesses. On the Saturday night he received another letter from her Ladyship which had been read before the Executive on Monday last, and the reply to that letter was laid before the gentleman appointed to draw up the resolution and was approved by them. The resolu- tion drawn was as follows. This together with her ladyship's letter would be printed and circulated amongst the members of the committee, the sub- scribers and the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood. The address would be printed in English and Welsh A letter having been read from the Most Honourable the Marchioness (D) of Londonderry, and the committee having been made aware of her ladyship's feelings; it was resolved that appreciatin as we do Her Ladyship's kindness in thanking the inhabitants of the town and district, we desire to state that it would have been to us a privilege and an honour if her ladyship could have kindly allowed the public to present her with some slight token of our gratitude of the pleasure afforded us on the recent auspicious occasion of the visit of their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Princesses Victoria and Maud of Wales to Plas Machynlleth. That we beg to offer her lady- ship our most sincere thanks of the great honour conferred upon us of having the presence of royalty in our midst and that we are much gratified to find that her ladyship is pleased with the reception awarded by the inhabitants of the town and vicinity to their Royal Higbnemes. And lastly we earnestly hope her ladyship's life may be spared for many years, and that we shall have other opportunities of showing further expressions of our hearty sympathy with her and of our own good will. That a copy of her ladyship's letter and of the above resolutions be circulated in English and Welsh among the inhabitants of the town and its vicinitv. --(Signed) R. C. Anwyl, chairman; David Evans, Hon. Sec. Mr. Joseph Evans proposed and Mr. D. H. ilIorgan seconded the adoption of the address, which was agreed to.—Mr. R. Gillart proposed and Mr. Joseph Evans seconded a vote of thanks to Rev. Josiah Jones for translating the resolution into Welsh and the motion was carried. In proposing a vote of thanks to Lori Henry Vane-Tempest who acted as chairman of the executive committee Mr. Joseph Evans said that they all acknowledged their indebtedness to Lord Henry's family for the pre- sence of royalty amongst them. They had to thank him for the able way in which he had con- ducted their meetings and the interest he had shown in all their work since the commencement (hear hear.) Mr. H. Lloyd Jones seconded. He could not add anything to what was said by Mr. Evans as he had already said all that they wished to convey. The motion was carried. In proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Anwyl the vice-chairman, Mr. R. Gillart said that he was sure they would agree with him that Mr. Anwyl had discharged his duties admirably and had carried the proceedings through very amicably since the beginning. Mr. G. W. Griffiths seconded and pointed out that Mr. Anwyl had taken an active part throughout and for that reason was deserving of their recognition. The motion was carried. The Vice-chairman said that lie was extremely obliged to Mr. Gillart for the kind words used in proposing that vote of thanks which was more than he deserved. Unfortunately he had not, owing to an illnesss and an accident, been able to attend all the meetings of the com- mittee but he had attended a good many, and what he had done had been a great pleasure to him. The duties of the chairman were practically nominal owing to the admirable way in which the hon. secretary had carried out his duties. Mr. Evans had taken the helm and had carried them through very efficiently. The fact that he was ap- pointed vice-chairman came to him quite unex- pectedly, but none the less gratifying, and it was the more gratifying that they recognised the interest he took in all that went on at Machynlleth (hear, hear).—Mr. David Evans suggested that a vote of thanks should be passed to the chairmen and members of the various committees, mention- ing in particular the ladies' committee, the directors of the Cambrian Railways Company, Mr. C. S. Denniss, the general manager, Mr. Gough, the superintendent, Mr. R. W. Hughes, the Chief Con- stable, Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, Mr. Apperley, Mr. R. W. Henry, and Mr. Richard] Gillart, from all of whom he had received great assistance and Messrs. Legg and Sons also asked for an expression of opinion.—Mr. Edward Davies proposed, and Mr. J. Edmunds seconded, that a vote of thanks be passed to them.—Mr. Joseph Evans said that though he was a chairman of one of the committees he wished to support it and give a special word of praise to the ladies, who were of the greatest assistance (hear, hear).—The resolution was car- ried.—Mr. Richard Gillart said that it would be unbecoming if they left the room without recording a most hearty vote of thanks to Mr. David Evans, the honorary secretary, who had undertaken such hard work in bringing the visit to such a success. He could say that duties of that nature entailed an enormous amount of work. As they knew, Mr. Evans had been born and bred amongst them, and had laboured amongst them and occupied high positions in their town and neighbourhood, and whatever he took in hand he always carried out most successfully (hear, hear). There was no blotch UPOTI his character and he carried out his duties to the satisfaction of the town and neigh- bourhood. It was a pleasure to him to propose the vote of thanks, and he hoped that Mr. Evans would long be spared to enjoy the fruits of his labour, which would be lasting in his memory, and not be forgotten by the inhabitants of Machynlleth (hear, hear). Their thanks were also due to Mr. Jones and Mr. David Morgan, the assistant clerks.—Mr. H. Lloyd Jones said that it gave him peculiar pleasure to secoud the resolution. He and Air. Evans were both Machynlleth boys. They had grown up together and no doubt they would go 11 y down the hill together. Having known Mr. Evans all his life, he could endcrse every word said by Mr. Gillart. The onerous duties undertaken by Mr. Evans had been a pleasure to him. Difficul- ties had attended the work and they knew full well how he had surmounted the diffi- culties to the satisfaction of all the com- mittees. It gave him much pleasure to second the vote of thanks and to add a word in appreciation of the work done by Messrs. Jones and Morgan- (hear, hear)—both of whom had been very useful and accessible at all times.—Mr. Edward Davies said they could most heartily congratulate Mr. Evans upon the successful way in which he filled the office he undertook, and the nice way in which his actions had been referred to in quite a number of influential papers throughout the king- dom. Attention had been called to, and comments made upon, the way everything had been carried out, and credit given Air. Evans for his work (hear, hear).—Mr. G. W. Griffiths asked to be allowed to say a word in support of the resolution. Referring to the long periods Mr. Evans had been connected, as clerk, with the various Boards in the neighbourhood, he said he always held that Air Evans was a model man to carry out any office that he took in hand (hear, hear). HA was sure that Mr Evans would hesitate before again undertaking such arduous work, and in his opinion Mr Evans deserved a gold medal (laughter and applause). --The Vice-Chairman endorsed all that had been said and put the resolution to the vote when it was carried amid acclamation.—Mr Evans said that he was very much obliged for the kind expressions they had used. It had been to him a labour of love and he was glad to find that their work had given satisfaction and that the conclu- sion of the proceedings was satisfactory towards all (hear, hear). He was glad they included in the vote of thanks his assistants, Mr David Morgan and Mr William Jones. As he had stated at the com- mencement he could not undertake the work with- out efficient assistance, and that efficient assistance he received from both of them, to whom he was very much indebted for the way the proceedings had terminated. -Mr Edward Davies proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman of the present meet- ing and referred to the jolly meetings they had which had more of pleasure than business, and added that Mr Anwyl was a jolly chairman and they were always glad to see him in the town join- ing with them in any movement.—Mr Anwyl briefly replied and expressed the pleasure he at all times felt in being present at meetings in Machyn- lleth.—The meeting then closed.







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