OF THE PRINCE OF WALES
TO PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF DENMARK,
account of Joseph Smith's speech given at Normanby, which was very gay
with decorations and held high festivity on that occasion, "Let us be glad and rejoice &c.
"We have been, by all the means
laid in our power, celebrating and rejoicing over a Royal Wedding: the
union of the Royal Houses of Britain and Denmark in the persons of the
Prince of Wales and the Princess of Denmark. This we have good reason
to believe has been a marriage of true affection, and not from mere
state policy. The union has had almost the universal approval of the
nation. Preparations for celebrating it have been of a most magnificent
character; the attendant circumstances of their union have been of a
mingled character, carrying joy and delight to most hearts, but
producing sorrow in others. Much as we have felt interested in reading
these accounts, yet there is no rose without a thorn, no sky without a
cloud; so in this otherwise brilliant sky, a dark cloud hovered in some
When the anthem was being
performed during the marriage ceremony, which referred to the death of
Prince Albert, we learn that the Royal Widow, our beloved Queen, with
her face buried in her hands, sobbed aloud. That great bereavement
which she had sustained less than eighteen months ago; that calamity
which left the best of queens and of mothers a widow, called forth our
deepest and most sincere sympathy. Her loss was ours. She lost one of
the hest of husbands; her children one of the best of fathers; and we
one of the best of princes and counsellors. We just began to appreciate
his worth when, by the cruel hand of death, he was remove from us, but
not till after he was gone were we alive to his excellences, then we
could understand how great the loss the widowed Queen had sustained. We
remember with what anxiety we read every reference to this sad event,
especially as to its effect upon the mind of the Queen. No wonder after
gloom should have so long hung upon the throne that now, when it is
partially displaced by joy, we, the loyal subjects of the throne, should
thrice welcome the joy. The Queen must joy in the fact that is so clear
to-day, that she is enthroned in the hearts of her subjects, and that in
her family it is established for many generations.
"We have for our Sovereign the
best of queens, in whatever relationship we view her in life; her Court
one of the purest in the world, and her family one of the best ordered
and regulated in the country I quite approve that this day has been set
apart as a day of national festivity and rejoicing. The young Princess
which our Prince of Wales has this day taken as a wife, and which we now
adopt as a dignified member of the national family, is in every way
worthy of the affections of the future king of these realms and also of
the people. We hear that the bride looked sad and pensive, as well she
might, as in youth and inexperience she comes a stranger amongst a
people of whom she knows but little."
We may add: How true has.
been Mr. Smith's prediction. The Princess
has won the hearts of the people, and is universally beloved.
In continuing the record of events taken from the journal they may be
read with interest by some of our older friends, the mention of some
meeting will perhaps vividly renew in their minds the many old
associations connected therewith. We only have space to mention a few
chief events, as it would be repetition to name all the meetings
attended year after year ;
returned from Whitby, and attended
'Missionary meeting at Wrelton."
at Normanby, Sunday School Tea Feast."
at Nunnington, Temperance Festival at night."
at Castle Howard, Temperance Festival."
at Malton, Temperance Festival"
at Great Barugh, Missionary meeting."
at York, Temperance Conference."
Mr. Piercy's; see Mr. George, from China."
at Rosedale, making arrangements for new
at Normanby, Flower Show."
Kirbymoorside, Missionary meeting."
at Rosedale, Foundation Stone laying of a new
at York, take chair at the Temperance
Festival in the evening." We have not space to give the speech.
tremendous gale of wind-blew two wheat stacks
over at Riseborough."
entertained the teachers and scholars of the
Normanby Sunday school to tea; had a public meeting in the granary at
Bridge House at night."
my two sons, Edward and Alfred, in gastric
fever-sat up with them every night for a fortnight."
at Malton, take Chair- discussing the
9th, Mr. Johnson
came from Louth. I took the chair at Marton Missionary meeting, with Dr.
Lees on the platform."
at Royal Agricultural Show, at Newcastle."
Show, first prize for shorthorn heifer, first for black mare
and foal, and first for yearling carting colt."
Thornton Dale, present Dr. Robertson with a testimonial"
testimonial consisted of a beautiful gold watch and a solid silver tea
service, value £150, subscribed by his many patients and friends, in
recognition of his devoted attention and many valuable services rendered
during his residence at Thornton)
at Kirbymoorside Agricultural Show, got first
prize for hackney foal, first for yearling colt, second for cart mare
and foal, and second for yearling heifer."
at Scarborough Show, first prize for yearling
colt and second for mare and foal."
at Whitby Show, got first prize for mare and
foal and yearling colt, and second for foal."
Missionary meeting and at Mr. Barker's, Manor House" (Many people will
remember this very eminent local preacher).
take chair at Sinnington, Temperance Lecture
by Mr. T. Hardy."
"November 30th, Judge
at York Fat Stock Show." "
Home, lecture on Temperance at Marton, in the
"February 15th, 1865,
at Kirbymoorside, took chair at a meeting for
promoting the Leeds and North Yorkshire Railway."
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