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ordinary pleasure in being the seconder of this resolution, because I consider it in every way a proper one, and that it is sincere in the expression of our esteem and respectful regard for our poet's honoured partner and survivor (hear, hear). All those who had the enjoyment of an intimate acquaintance with our poet, will know the delight he took in speaking of his domestic happiness, and the noble qualities of his partner's mind; and it was impossible to hear such a just estimate of the worth of the virtuous female character, and such a grateful sense of its benign influences, without being impressed with a love for the worth of the man even greater than the veneration for the genius of the poet (applause).

The resolution was then put and carried unanimously

The Right Hon. Maziere Brady then presented himself, and said— My Lord Charlemont and gentlemen, I have great satisfaction indeed in joining in the purpose and objects of the present assembly. I received with great pleasure the invitation to participate in the good work in which we are about to be engaged, and I, with like pleasure, take part in the proceedings of to-day (hear, hear). It would be idle and vain in me, after what has fallen from my friend, the Chief Baron, to expatiate upon the great qualities and the distinguished merits of the departed genius whose memory we have met to honour, and whose fame will live in those verses he has left behind him as long as there shall exist a man competent to understand the English language, and feel it in his heart (cheers). I am called upon to ask this meeting to join me in saying, that

we feel it due to his memory that a public testimonial be raised to him in this his native city, and that for this purpose a subscription be now opened. Where in all the world should there be a monument to the memory of Thomas Moore, if not in Dublin, his native city? Where in all the world should such a memorial be erected, if not in the capital of that country whose genius he has immortalized-to the music of which he has given imperishable existence, by associating with it his unrivalled lyrics, and for whose song he has achieved that great glory and renown which in his hands it has attained (cheers)? I trust the concurrence of this meeting and of the public will ratify the opinions expressed in this resolution ; and that not only in Ireland, but wherever the English language is spoken (and that is where the sun never sets), and wherever an Irishman is to be found throughout the world, there will be a responsive echo to this resolution, and a prompt and earnest co-operation in the great work we have undertaken (loud applause).

Mr. O'Hagan, Q.C. (now Lord O'Hagan), having been called on by the chairman, came forward to second the resolution. After some prefatory remarks he said-It appears to me that in addressing an assembly of Irishmen, I need use no argument to induce them to do homage to the man who, for more than half a century, has made his name “ familiar as a household word” in every mansion and in every homestead of our country--who has caused our dear old music to resound wherever the English tongue is spoken, or the Irish name is known--who has interpreted every phase of Irish feeling, and made vocal every pulse of the Irish heart in those immortal lyrics, which will last as long as the language—who has associated himself for ever with the history, the struggles, the

sorrows, and the hopes of the land he loved (loud cheers). I cannot conceive that from any one here a single argument can be necessary to impress upon the country the propriety and necessity of the call which you this day make upon Irishmen. That call will be promptly answered. It will be answered wherever the Irish race has penetrated. In the crowded cities of England, and forests of the western world, where millions of our exiles are now creating life, and industry, and prosperitywherever the Irish name is known, Irishmen will be emulous to pay the tribute of their homage to the man whose world-wide fame is to them, and will be to their posterity, a source of enduring pride (loud cheers). Unfortunately, my lord, we in Ireland have been hitherto liable to the reproach of being classed among those who have been called incuriosi suorum --careless of the men who have lived and laboured for us, and too prone to look beyond ourselves for objects of love and reverence. glancing at the monuments in the streets of our beautiful city, which attract the notice of the stranger, we see great men worthily glorified; but these monuments stand forth, as it were, in silent condemnation of us for neglecting the children of own soil; and they would seem to indicate either that there have been no Irishmen deserving of public honour, or that in Ireland the only man who ought to be unhonoured is an Irishman (loud cheers). I trust and hope the time is gone when that reproach can be applied to us. Our presence here to-day is a guarantee that it is passing away, and that the spirit of the olden time, when another Charlemont acted at once the part of a patriot and of a munificent patron of arts and letters, is happily revived (loud cheers). And now, if we have a spark of the spirit of nationality still living in our souls, let us combine together, forgetting our political acerbities—forgetting our sectarian contentions—(cheers)—let us combine in God's name on this common and holy ground in one cordial, earnest, successful effort, to show that we appreciate, as we ought to do, the genius and the fame of the poet of our country (loud and protracted cheering).

Lord Talbot de Malahide proposed the next resolution, which was to the effect that although the duty properly devolved on Irishmen to initiate the undertaking, they considered it due to the universality of the fame of Thomas Moore that his admirers, without distinction of country, should be afforded the privilege of testifying, by their contributions, their appreciation of his genius, and their veneration for his memory. His lordship observed that this was an important national movement to testify their admiration of the national bard of Ireland--the last of those men distinguished by their genius, by whom the arts of poetry and music had been illustrated in this and other lands. Moore was not only a poet, but a great prose writer; and in other branches of literature he was eminently successful ; in fact it would require the eloquence of the great poet himself to do justice to the many excellencies of his mind and the worth of his character (hear). His works were known wherever the English language was spoken, and it was not drawing upon their imaginations to prophesy that in less than a century they would be known in every part of the civilised world (cheers).

Mr. John Francis Waller, barrister, seconded the resolution in an able address amidst loud applause.

Lord Milltown said that before the resolution was put he wished to say a few words. He did not wish it to go forward that at a meeting of Irishmen assembled for a purpose like the present he was silent. He most heartily concurred in every sentiment put forward that day respecting the necessity of some tribute to their departed poet (hear, hear). In offering their tribute of admiration to the poet he thought that they ought not to forget the patriot (hear, hear). It was refreshing in those days to feel that from the very earliest to the latest productions of Moore there was throughout them all a strong, decided, and devoted love for his native land (hear, hear). While his hand struck the chords of the harp, singing the departed glories of his native land, it was not accompanied by any of the tones of the slave. They had heard with delight not only the effusions of the poet but the aspirations of the patriot (cheers). It could not be forgotten that Thomas Moore was not only an Irish poet, but also in the truest and fullest sense of the word, an Irish patriot (loud cheering).

The resolution was then put and carried.

Sir George Hodson, Bart., moved that a committee consisting of several noblemen and gentle

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