The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 55
Last evening, according to announcement, Sir George Grey addressed a public meeting at the Theatre Royal, under the auspices of the Liberal Association. The house, from floor to ceiling, was thronged with a dense audience, the passages and doorways being filled. The stage was as much thronged as the rest of the house by those to whom invitations bad been issued, and included were the members of the public bodies and representative men, and a considerable number of ladies. The dress circle was also crowded by ladies and their escorts, for whom this part of the house was reserved.
Amongst those on the front ranks of the stage there were :—Patara Te Tuhi, Honana Maioha, and Te Heata, Kingite natives, who were accompanied by Mr. C. O. Davis. Commander Fayenz and another officer of the Saida were also present.
On Sir George Grey's arrival he was greeted with rounds of applause, and as he walked up to the front, accompanied by the Mayor and the members of the committee of the Liberal Association, he was again greeted with enthusiastic applause.
When silence had been restored, His Worship the Mayor, on taking the chair, read the advertisement convening the meeting. He said it was only necessary to announce by advertisement that Sir George Grey was to address a public meeting, and the result was the large audience such as was now assembled. After a few further remarks, he called upon Sir George Grey to address the meeting.