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FAREWELL LUNCHEON TO THE

(PHB PKEBS ASSOCIATION.)

Wblwnoton, Ma? oh 18.

The lunoheon to His Ezoelleaoy the Governor In the drill shed this afternoon was attended by about three hundred people, many of whom were ladles. The Mayor presided, having Sir William and Lady Jervols on either hand Mian Jervois was also present. The Premier, Mr Fergus, Mr Hlalop, Sir William Fitzherbert, aud several other members of Parliament, the Ohlef Juatloa, and nearly all the prlnoipal oltlzsna, were amongst the company. Oiptain Hand, of H.M.S. Royalist, was amongat the gaests. A band was m attendanoe. The mayor Mr J. Dathie, after proposing the usual loyal toasts, called on the town clerk to read the address to Hla Excellency. It referred to his set vices to the colony, both m bis offiolal and aooial position, and m the matter of national defence. Reference was also made to the philanthropic labors of Lady Jervoie. The address concluded by bidding His Excellency and family good-speed.

His Worship very»briefly expressed the regret of the people of Wblllngton, and the colony generally, at losing Sir William, and called upon the company to drink His Excellency's health, whioh was done with very good will.

His Excellenoy, who was received with continued applause, first of all made a formal reply to the official address, dwelling on the loyalty and sympathy which he had met with from everyone, expressing regret at leaving, and stating that he should carry away pleasant memories of New Zealand. Ha could not, however, be content with a merely formal reply on such an occasion. He wished to say that he bad never met with snob hospitality anywhere as m this colony. He was glad to see that tha Maoris were represented at that gathering, and he mlgbt any that one of hla ohief regrets was that his position had precluded him from meeting them as a raoe In solemn oonolave. He was not going to take advantage of the fiot that he was a departing Governor to lecture the colonists on any faults wb,loh might have oome under his observation, because there were none, unless it was their borrowing proollvities. Nor did he suppose they were willing to listen to anything he had to s*y on the nubj jat. Remarking joootely on the jaaloasy of the various se<Mon.« of the oolQny, whlqh led them, to suppose thas anything favorable to one mast necessarily be a rtflaotion on the others, he bogged his listeners fcj qnderatand thataoythlqg hp might say m praise of Wellington was not neoosaarlly at the expense of the ceit of ¥ew Z »la.nd. Heand his furallyhad indeed had a happy timo m Wellington, so much that as a matter of fact be had, as far as he wm Individually concerned, seriously considered whether he should not take up his abode In New Zealand. The empire olty had a grand harbor a glorious oUtnata (for a good broeza was essential to health), and he might add a solvent harbor board (laughter.) Ifc was really from its advantages of site worthy of being the capital of the oolony, and it was their buulnesa to Improve 1(b natural advantages. It might bb made more attractive m some respects. Amungst other things it would be an improvement to use the site of the present Government House for a Town Hall, and remove the former to the Botanloul Gardens. The oost would be met from the sale of building sites obtained from the grounds, Onoe again he thanked them for the farewell they were giving him and hia family, and the mayor for the part be had taken m it. Hlb woik. In New gaaland wm now done. Their 1 ! was still to oome, and he enviod that. Be should always treasure an eftaotlonate remembrance of hia sojourn In New Zealand, and especially of Wellington. Hia Exoellenoy then proposed the heal'h of the Mayor. Hia Worship said he hoped that before long they would have removed some of the reptoaohea which oonld now be levelled at the olty, especially on sanitary grounds. The proceedings which had baiely lasted two hoars then otme to a conclusion. I

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FAREWELL LUNCHEON TO THE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2090, 18 March 1889

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FAREWELL LUNCHEON TO THE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2090, 18 March 1889

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