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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 24

(From the Belfast Weeldy News, October 31, 1874.)

(From the Belfast Weeldy News, October 31, 1874.)

Lecture on New Zealand.—On Tuesday evening, 27th inst., George V. Stewart Esq., J.P., Lisbeg House, delivered a lecture on the above subject in Ballygawley Presbyterian Church, to a large and highly respectable audience. Rev. D. G. Smyth, pastor loci, opened the proceedings of the evening by devotional exercises, after which he moved Major Mann, of Dunmoyle Lodge, to the chair. Captain Stewart, of Martry House, seconded the motion, and Major Mann took the chair amidst loud applause. The chairman then introduced the lecturer in a most appropriate and eloquent speech. Mr. Stewart was received with applause, and proceeded to deliver a most eloquent and instructive lecture, and for more than two hours he interested the entire audience by his glowing description of the most flourishing colony of the British Empire, viz., New Zealand. At the conclusion of brilliant and entertaining lecture, a vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Scott, of Aughnacloy, and seconded by Rev. Mr. Irvine, incumbent of Dunmoyle. and in a most complimentary manner was conveyed by the chairman to Mr. Stewart, who resplied in suitable terms. The chairman then introduced Mr. Farnall, from Belfast, provincial agent for New Zealand, who, in an eloquent speech, confirmed and supported all the statements made by Mr. Stewart regarding New Zealand. Rev. D. G. Smyth proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Farnall. which was seconded by the Rev. John Moutray, incumbent of Ballynasaggart, duly conveyed by the chairman, and acknowledged by that gentleman. Rev. S. Adderley, the incumbent of Ballygawley, then proposed a vote of thanks to Major Mann for his dignified conduct in the chair, which was seconded by Dr. Scott, and heartily received by the entire assembly. The chairman replied in a most felicitous and effective speech, after which the meeting came to an end, and the large assembly separated before ten o'clock, greatly pleased and much instructed and entertained by the proceedings. Afterwards a large, select party enjoyed the kind hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Smyth in the manse.—Correspondent.