Welsh Newspapers

Search 15 million Welsh newspaper articles

Hide Articles List

10 articles on this Page




DUKE OF WESTMINSTER'S I WEDDING. THE -CITIZENS' PRESENT. I In compliance with a request by the Mayor (Alderman H. T. Brown), a meeting of citizens was held in the Town Hall, on Monday at noon, to consider the best way of celebrating the forthcoming marriage of the Duke of West- minster and Miss Corn wallis- West. The Mayor presided, and the attendance included the Mayoress, the Sheriff (Mr. Edgar Dutton), the Lord Bishop, the Rev. Canon Cooper Scott, the Revs. E. C. Lowndes, F. Edwards, J. F. Howson, H. H. Wright, and W. Jones; Aldermen Sir Thomas Frost, George Dickson, Thomas Smith, William Williams, George Dutton, and Dr. Stolterfoth; Councillors J. Gooddie Holmes, J. F. Lowe, R. Lamb, James G. Frost, R. Cecil Davies, Dr. Roberts, John Jones, J. R. Rae, H. Dodd, Dr. Archer, W. Ferguson, and J. Williamson; Colonel Evans-Lloyd, Colonel Sheriff Roberts, Dr. Granger, Dr. Lees, Messrs. P. B. Ironside Bax, J. R. Thomson, C. Greenhouse, J. L. Kemp, T. B. Meacock, J. A. Mowle, W. E. Lindop, R. P. Bradbury, C. Cooper, W. A. M. Nicholls, G. Parker, G. H. Evans, F. Bolland, G. R. Baker, H. B. Dutton, A. W. Butt, T. Williamson Jones, R. Watkins, T. Hart Davies, G. R. Griffith, J. Minns, T. Matthews Jones, F. J. Beckett, J. H. Laybourne, W. Peers, &c. Several ladies were also present. Letters expressing inability to be present, and a desire to co-operate in the movement, were received from the High Sheriff (Mr. B. C. Roberts) Sir Horatio Lloyd, the Dean, Alderman Cunnah, Archdeacon Barber, Mr. H. Enfield Taylor, Mr. F. Bullin, Mr. R. B. L. Johnston, Alderman Churton, Mr. F. F. Brown, and the Town Clerk (Mr. S. Smith). The Mayor said the first intimation he had of the near approach of the Duke's wedding was the beginning of last week, and as the wedding was fixed for February 14th, it did not leave very much time to make all their arrangements to carry out whatever that meeting might decide upon as the suitable course to take in celebration of the auspicious event. It was unnecessary for him to say anything about the event, because it filled the minds not only of everybody in that room, but Chester at large, because the House of Westminster and the head of that House for the time being, and the lady who was in future to hold the exalted position of his wife and Duelers, were matters of so much importance to them, and so much interest to them, that he was sure the citizens at large would be only too delighted to take advantage of the occasion to express their deep respect for them, and the interest they all felt in so very auspicious an event. There were many ways in which the event might be celebrated, but he thought on the present occasion that there was one that was peculiarly suitable. First of all, he thought they might look to precedents. Upon almost every occasion of that kind with the noble House of Westminster the citizens had testified their respect by making a personal present to the lady who was immediately concerned in the interesting event. He thought that was the case taken on the marriage of the late Duke, and on the marriage of his daughters and of his son, the late Earl Grosvenor. He could not imagine that any- thing would be more agreeable to the feelings of the Duke himself, than some testimony of welcome to the gracious lady who was to become his wife. They knew in Chester how much they owed to the ladies of the House of Westminster. Not only the first duchess, but the second duchess also, won golden opinions from this city by their kindness and deep sympathy and interest in everything that was good in Chester. They had been followed by Lady Grosvenor, and in later days by her daughter, who had taken her place largely in coming among them and testifying the sympathy of the family with all that concerned the interests of Chester. Therefore, looking forward as they did to the future duchess following in those footsteps he could not help thinking that some personal gift to her-though she was a com- parative stranger at present, they all hoped she would be their friend in future-would be the most appropriate form in which their interest on that occasion might be shewn. (Hear, hear.) When they were celebrating to some little extent the home-coming of the Duke, there was a great wish expressed that there should be some sort of treat given to the children. That was abandoned partly in accordance with the wishes of the family, and partly because it was not considered desirable by those responsible for the children of the town that anything of the kind should take place at that time. He believed the same course would be taken at present. First of all the Christmas festivities had just taken place, and the children were returning to their schools after the vacation, and altogether, he believed, and in that he was fortified by those in authority, that it would be a very inconvenient time to attempt to interfere with the routine of the schools by giving the children a treat. Besides that at this time of the year anything that induced the children to go out of doors was perhaps undesirable. Therefore he suggested it was not desirable to do anything further at present than to make a present to the Duke's future wife, more especially as during the last few weeks they had had a visit from his Grace. (Applause.) He proposed That in view of the forthcoming marriage of his Grace the Duke of Westminster and Miss Cornwallis-West the citizens do present their cordial congratulations to the Duke, and testify their welcome and respect by making a suitable present to his intended bride." (Applause.) The Lord Bishop, in seconding, said he would like, as far as he could, to adopt what the Mayor had so wisely and happily expressed, and he would content himself with very heartily seconding the resolution which the Mayor had proposed. The proposition was unanimously carried. On the proposition of Sir Thomas Frost, seconded uy the onerux, it was resolved that a Committee, with power to add to their number, should be appointed to carry the matter out. It was agreed, on the proposition of Mr. Holmes, seconded by Mr. Lamb, that the general committee should consist of all who were present at the meeting. It was resolved that the following ladies, some of whom were present, should act on the general committee:— The Mayoress, Mrs. Jayne, Lady Frost, Lady Lloyd, Mrs. Robert Yerburgh, Mrs. Darby, Mrs. Scotland, Mrs. B. C. Roberts, Mrs. Cooper Scott, Mrs. Edgar Dutton, Miss Howson, Mrs. Lees, Miss Wigg, Mrs. George Dutton, Mrs. Stolterfoth, Mrs. James Frost, and Mrs. John M. Frost. On the proposition of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Dickson, it was resolved that a subscription list be opened, and that a circular be issued requesting intending subscribers to pay their subscriptions to the Right Worshipful the Mayor, at the Town Hall as early as possible, so that the committee might know the amount of funds placed at their disposal. The Mayor proposed the election of Mr. W. Peers as honorary secretary, and Mr. J. R. Thomson as hon. treasurer of the fund. Dr. Stolterfoth seconded, and it was carried. On the proposition of Canon Cooper Scott the Mayor was thanked for convening the meeting, and presiding. At a subsequent committee meeting an executive committee, consisting of ten ladies and ten gentlemen, was appointed. MEETING OF THE EATON TENANTRY. At a meeting ot the Eaton instate tenantry held at the Blossoms Hotel, on Saturday after- noon, under the presidency of Mr. J. Hartshorn, it was decided to open a subscription list, and to make the Duke of Westminster a suitable present on the occasion of his marriage. Mr. Thomas Dodd (Cotton) was appointed hon. secretary, and Mr. Richard Fearnall hon. treasurer.




[No title]




[No title]