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men should be appointed to carry out the object of the meeting.

Mr. Fitzsimon (son-in-law of O'Connell) seconded the resolution, which was unanimously adopted.

Lord William Fitzgerald proposed the next resolution, viz. :—the appointment of treasurers and secretaries, and in doing so expressed a hope that the gentlemen named would have no sinecures (laughter and cheers).

Sir Thomas Esmonde had great pleasure in seconding the resolution. He remarked that the excellent mother of Thomas Moore was a native of the county Wexford, with which he (Sir Thomas) was connected by birth and property. He believed she had always taken pride in it, and he trusted that county would vie with any other in doing honour to the men

emory of her illustrious son (cheers).

The resolution was then put and carried.

Sir William Rowan Hamilton addressed the meeting nearly as follows :-My lord, I have been, within these few minutes, informed by the honorary secretary to this meeting, that in consequence of the regretted absence of a noble lord (Cloncurry), who was to move, at this stage, a resolution, it is desired that I should take his place in the programme; and though I had not expected such a call, I willingly obey it. Any person, indeed, might well feel flattered by being invited to be present at such a meeting and on such an occasion as this is. There may have once been a time, I do not assert that there was so, when in some circles the name of Moore may have been a watch word of faction ; it is now a symbol of union (cheers). The spirit of party may seek to draw all objects within its own vexed whirlpool ; but let us hope that the spirit of literature shall still move with halcyon wings above the agitated waters, and seek to calm the waves, till they become one glorious ocean mirror, reflecting back the light and unity of heaven and studded over with barks of beauty, bearing gifts of peace to men (loud applause). I feel that it might have been more proper, or at least more prudent, for me to have read the terms of the motion with which I am to conclude. Obscurely toiling, as I habitually do, in the deep recesses of science, hoping, perhaps, after long labour, to dig up some ore, which may yet be stamped by competent authority, and circulated as current coin, but having no hope of winning that electric sympathy, which it is the prerogative of the poet to excite, it might have been wiser for me to have resisted the temptation which accident has thus thrown in my way, and to have been wholly silent on a theme on which I have so few pretensions to speak in a manner worthy of the nation. I might plead that the sweetness and pathos of the melodies of Moore in boyhood touched my heart, and touch me still. I might add that I once enjoyed a small, a very small degree of personal acquaintance with our lost countryman, and that to know Moore even a little was to love him (applause). But the truth is, that the gnome of the mine, accustomed to the subterranean clang of hammers beating against rocks, has, on this occasion been conquered by the spell, and has felt himself drawn upwards and outwards, by the subtle and sweet fascination

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of the peri of air and of song (loud applause). And the temptation to speak of Moore has been the more willingly yielded to by me, because the aims of both of us have been, thus far at least, the same-that each has sought to draw more close the links that connect Irishmen together, by doing each what in him lay, for the fame of our common country (loud applause). I have the honour to move, my Lord, that your Lordship do leave the chair, and that the same be taken by the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor.

Mr. Kemmis, Q.C., seconded the resolution, which was put and carried.

The Lord Mayor having taken the chair, Mr. James Perry proposed a vote of thanks to Lord Charlemont, and in doing so bore testimony to the alacrity and warmth with which his lordship entered into the views of the deputation that waited upon him to request his co-operation in carrying out the proposed testimonial.

Sir Colman O'Loghlen eloquently seconded the resolution, which was supported by Mr. Carew O’Dwyer, and passed with acclamation.

Lord Charlemont returned thanks in a very feeling speech, and the meeting separated.

A very beautiful “ Address to the admirers of Moore was soon issued by the Committee, and was widely circulated at home and abroad.

INAUGURATION OF THE DUBLIN STATUE.

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(14th October, 1857.) The Earl of Carlisle, the Earl of Charlemont, Lord Talbot de Malahide, the Lord Mayor, and Mr. O'Hagan, Q.C., spoke on the occasion. The following speech was delivered by the last-named distinguished orator :

Thomas O'Hagan, Esq., Q.C.(now Lord O'Hagan), came forward amidst loud applause and said — The duty of presenting the statue which has just been unveiled to the Lord Mayor and Corporation, and, through them, to the citizens of Dublin, has been cast upon me by the distinguished personages with whom I have been associated on the committee. And though I feel that there are many around me who would more fittingly occupy a place so honourable, I rejoice to assist in any way at the national solemnity, which makes this day memorable in the annals of our ancient and renowned metropolis (cheers). The committee and their noble president,who holds his proper place at the head of a community to which his name is dear and venerable, in inaugurating the memorial of the poet of our countryhave completed the undertaking which was to them a labour of love (cheers). They now commit to the Municipality of Dublin the guardianship of that enduring monument of a nation's grateful homage to one of its worthiest sons (loud cheers). That trust, my Lord Mayor, you will not repudiate. (cheers). It concerns the honour of Moore-it concerns, also, the honour of Ireland ; and

will not accept it the less cheerfully because, for the first time, on this day, the statue of an Irishman is seen in the streets of the Irish capital (loud and long continued cheering). For the first time, we relieve ourselves from the disgrace of neglecting the great of our own blood and lineage (hear), and making to the stranger, who passes through our city, the false confession that we have had no illustrious men worthy of public reverence (hear). Everywhere throughout Europe, in the widest empire and the smallest principality, communities rejoice to challenge in the most public places, for the citizens who have made them distinguished in thought and actionin arts or arms—the notice and the admiration of the world (cheers). Everywhere, the children of the soil who have given it happiness or glory are the especial objects of national regard. And this is rightly ordered, and in no narrow or exclusive spirit : for as, in the economy of Providence, each man, acting well his part in his own appointed sphere, will best promote the general good of the commonwealth, the country which most wisely cares for its own dignity and interest will most efficiently advance the well-being of mankind (cheers). We may girdle the world with our sympathies, but they should cling most fondly round our hearths and homes (loud cheers). It is the sorrow and the shame of Ireland-proverbially incuriosa suorum—that she has been, heretofore, too much an exception amongst the civilised portions of the earth (hear, hear). And the sorrow and the shame have not been less because she has been the parent of many famous men-thinkers, and poets, and

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