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MARRIAGE FESTIVITIES AT TREDEGAR PARK. We announced in our last week's impression the approaching marriage of Miss Georgina Morgan, fifth daughter of Sir Chas. Morgan, Bart., of Tredegar Park, to Lord Francis Conyngham, R.N., M.P., of Slaiie Castle, Ireland. The early part of Monday was by no means au -piclous to the occasion. Continual showers of rain fell, and the morning presented every indication of a stormy and uncomfortable day. Notwithstanding these threatening signs, numerous visitors from Newport, Pontypool, and neighbouring parts drove in to Bassalleg, and occupied themselves with watching the preparations for the approaching ceremony which were being made in every part. Fortunately, the weather soon cleared up, and long before the marriage party emerged from Tre- degar House, the clouds were dispelled, and the sun shone forth with a July splendour. The consequence of this was soon apparent in constant additions to the body of spectators who lined the road the procession would have to pass, and who had hitherto felt their spirits some- what damped by the prospect of being exposed three or four hours to the pitiless assaults of wind and rain. Flags were brought out and fixed wherever a spot could be obtained, flowers were twisted and made up" into decorations for doorways, and arches of evergreens were constructed at every turn of the road. In Tredegar Park active arrangements were in pro- gress throughout the morning. Along the carriage path Reading to the house were placed at regular inter. vals tastefully-designed arches, over which were placed inscriptions similar to the following—"Welcome to the fair young bride," Welcome to the noble bride- groom," May the houses of Slane Castle and Tredegar be ever united and blest," Long life and happiness to Lord and Lady Conyngham," "Health and happiness attend the coming and departing friend," and other appropriate designs. The exterior of Tredegar house was adorned with flags of all nations, and occasionally the band of the Monmouthshire Militia executed various airs on the lawn in front. After passing out of the Park, the eye was especially attracted by a prettily- arranged arch of flowers over the doorway of Chancellor Williams's garden, and a little further on an arch had been erected, across which was a banner bearing the arms of the families of the bride and bridegroom, and the following inscriptions :—" Deut Nobiscum," Nid da hir arofydd," "Omnia vincit amor." The road from this point to the churchyard was lined with flags, some of which had been used on the occasion of every previous marriage in the present Sir Charles Morgan's family. The inhabitants of the neighbourhood testified their respect in every con- ceivable way, and the poorest made some sort of a demonstration, even if it were only a flag pocket- handkerchief. These very humble designs were, how- 1 ever, few; in general a display worthy of the occasion was made, and in many parts an elegance of taste was 1 united to the possession of means by which it was grati- ] fied. Towards one o'clock the churchyard became filled with people, who stood back on each side to leave the passage clear. The path was covered with crimson cloth previous to the arrival of the cortege, and at one o'clock 1 the doors of the church were opened for the advantage of those who stood near enough to effect an entrance. Only 1 a limited number of the visitors, however, could obtain admission, and the remainder were obliged to be content with whatever could be seen outside. The interior of the church was plentifully decorated with flowers and evergreens, and the pathway of red cloth extended to i the altar. At half-past one the party reached the church, to the I manifest gratification of all who were present, and upon whom the weariness of waiting in expectation began to be apparent. They left Tredegar house to the tune of i Haste to the wedding," and on their entrance to the church the organ sent forth a soft and pleasing strain. J The bride-who wears,with an appearance of great youth, < a very winning kind of beauty—advanced first up the J aisle, conducted by Sir Chas. Morgan, Bart., and followed ] by nine ladies who officiated as bridesmaids-Lady I I Cecilia Conyngham, Miss Williamson, Miss Morgan, Miss Mundy, Miss Tyler, Miss Thomas, Miss Lewis, Miss Rolls, and Miss Shelley. Lady Morgan was con- ducted by the Marquis of Conyngham, and they were followed by a distinguished suite, among whom were the principal members of the Tredegar family. The cere- mony was performed by the Rev. Chancellor Augustus Morgan, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. Chan- cellor Williams. The responses were pronounced in a firm, clear, and musical voice by the fair bride, and the e service was read in an impressive manner by the minister i After the ceremony was over, the bridal party proceeded 1 to the table in the aisle, where the marriage register lay, I and the marriage was duly entered by the Rev. Chan- j cellor Morgan, the signatures of the bride and bride- groom being witnessed and attested by the signatures of S'r Charles Morgan, the Marquis of Conyngham, Lord j Churchill, SirWm. Somerville, Major Tighe, Lady Cecilia j Conyngham, and Miss Morgan. During the affixing < of the signatures, Lady Morgan distributed bridal favours a among the ladies and gentlemen around. The bridal a party then proceeded to their carriages, and were received I with protracted and hearty cheers from the assembled P throng. The bride and bridegroom gracefully and re- 8 peatedly acknowledged the courtesies of those by whom v they wera surrounded, and in this manner the irre- r vocible rites were terminated. We should add that the marriage took place by special license. j During this time every arrangement necessary to com- « pl.'te the happiness of the party on their return, was t being m.ide at Tredegar house. A splendid déjeûner a was prepared, and the family plate was called into requi- a sition to add to the general magnificence. Under the f careful and watchful superintendence of Mr. Stanton, i the butler, the tables ware laid with great taste and skill, ( and the success of the whole rendered certain. Almost a every refreshment used was prepared in the house, and c the bride-cake-a gorgeous production-was the result of the oft-tried adroitness of Mrs. Davies. The party e reached home about three o'clock, and soon after sat c down to enjoy the splendid hospitality of their host and t hostess. Those present numbered about ninety, and s among them were some distinguished names. We i may mention the following :— 1 Tae Marquis of Conyngham, Lady Cecilia Conyngham, c Lord Churchill, Sir Charles Morgan, Bart., Lady Mor- J gan, Rt. Honble. Sir William Somerville, M.P., Sir John Shelley, Bart., M.P., Lady Shelley, Miss Shelley, Mr. Montague Chambers, Q.C., Admiral Rodney Mundy, j R.N., Colonel Pierrepont Mundy, Octavius Morgan, Esq. M.P., Chancellor Augustus Morgan, Rev. E. ( Hawkins, Chancellor Williams, Sir George Walker, < Bart., Lady Walker, Honble. Mrs. Mundy, Mr. and Mrs. < Williamson, Major Tighe, Capt. Price, Mr. and Mrs. 1 Rolls, of the Ilendre, Mr. Herbert, Mr. and Mrs. Jones < (Clytha), Mrs. and Miss Williams, Rev. Roper Tyler, < Mrs. Leigh fPontypool Park), Mrs. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. 1 Russell, Nir. and Mrs. Bassett, Frederick Morgan, Esq., ] Arthur Morgan, Esq., Godfrey Morgan, Esq., &c., &c. The party was of entirely a private character, and only a few toasts were given. We are enabled to pre- sent a summary of the speeches made on the occasion. < Sir Charles Morgan rose to propose the first toast. He expressed his dislike to making long speeches upon any occasion or subject, but especially at private parties like the present. Without attempting, therefore, to address the company at any length, he begged at once to propose the healths of the bride and bridegroom. (Cheers.) He would say nothing with regard to his daughter, except to congratulate her upon her fortune in having made so excellent a choice of a husband. (Cheers.) He had known Lord Francis Conyngham for comparatively a short time but still long enough to discover and appre- ciate his amiable and excellent qualities. He was sure, from his lordship's cheerful disposition and perfect good irommsio ,gir Charles Morgan s) daughter had temp-r, that hi ( happiness before her in her new every prospect of future hpp luded by calling life. (Loud cheers ) Sir Charles upon the company to drink the to fullegt invitation which was responded to h°L°^dS Francis Conyngham then returned thank" ° g Vhalf of himself and his bride, observmg tnat mw were certain circumstances under which it was impossi- ble for anv man to adequately express the feelings of ms heart. In that situation he found himself at that mo- ment. The kind manner in which the health of himself and his beautiful bride had been introduced by Sir Charles Morgan and received by the company,had deeply affected him, and he hoped that he might be long spared to prove that he deserved so much happiness, by his en- deavours to fulfil the duties of a loving and affectionate husband. (Lo*d cheers.) Lord Francis Conyngham again rose, and proposed the health of the bridesmaids in highly complimentary t-rms He thanked them for the assistance they had afforded, and gracefully alluded to the value of their presence. (Cheers.) A Major Tighe responded to the toast m a witty and amusing speech. The Marquis of Conyngham next proposed the health of Lady Morgan, of Tredegar Park. In doing so, he expressed his great gratification and delight at the choice his son had made, in selecting for his wife the daughter of one so universally admired for her beauty and admirable qualities. He trusted that his-son-WOUld prove by his affection for his wife, that he was worthy ol her who had been brought up with such care. He could wish his son no greater good fortune in life than that the daughter should prove in all things worthy of such a mother. (Loud cheers.) The toast having been drank with acclamation, Sir Charles Morgan returned thanks, and proposed the health of the Marquis of Conyngham, expressing his pleasure at seeing that nobleman at Tredegar. The toast was responded to with musical honors, ad- mirably led off by Mr. Rolls, of the Hendre. Lord Churchill, in an eloquent and appropriate speech, acknowledged the brilliant hospitality for which the House of Tredegar had been for centuries renowned, and after thanking Sir Charles Morgan for the graceful reception which he had given them on that auspicious and festive occasion, concluded by giving them the health of the host who had afforded them so cordial a welcome. (Great applause.) Mr. Godfrey Morgan returned thanks on behalf of his father, and observed that he was indeed delighted at his sister's selection of a husband, having found in the short acquaintance which he had had with Lord Francis Conyngham that, in frank and open-hearted conduct, he was a true specimen of a British sailor. (Cheers.) In alluding to the happiness which had attended the mar- riages of his elder sisters, he expressed a hope that the present union would prove equally felicitous, (Loud cheers.) Soon after this, the bride took an affectionate leave of her parents.The happy couple" were driven to Ruperra Castle, Glamorganshire, where they stayed for a day or two previous to their departure for the continent. The remainder of the party kept up the festivities—dancing, &c.,—till two o'clock the following morning, refresh- ments being provided in the spacious hall. The road from Bassalleg to Ruperra presented the same gay and festive appearance as we have previously described. Flags were suspended from almost every window, and gates were dressed with evergreens and flowers. The handsomest decoration along the line of road was at Holly House, midway between Tredegar and Ruperra. Here a splendid arch was erected by Mr. Rees, jun., and attracted considerable attention on ac- count of its size and design. Its span was 15 feet, and its height 18 feet; over the top was written Cyflawnder a dedwyddwch a'ch aroso, (abundance and happiness attend you.) On the other side was inscribed Pros- perity to the House of Tredegar." An ornamental canopy surmounted the whole, and on each side of the arch were headings of evergreens. An avenue, with columns, was formed of flowers, and along the columns Chinese lanterns of various colours were hung. Two large banners waved above the whole. From this point onwards, similar symptoms of rejoicings, though on a smaller scale, appeared, and the respect evinced for the family of the bride as well as for herself was universal. Our lady friends will be interested to know that the bride was attired in a superb white moire antique silk dress, with Brussels lace flounces and veil. She wore a wreath of orange blossoms, and was adorned with mag- nificent diamonds. The bridesmaids all wore white tarletan over white silk, with wreaths of Albert blue roses, and pearls. Lady Morgan—a handsome blue Lyons silk, with velvet nounces Mrs. Bassett-brocaded silk, and lace bonnet Mrs. Philip Miles-stamped tarletan, trimmed with point lace Mrs. Williamson—grey silk, and point lace bonnet; Lady Walker-rich blue moire, and point lace bonnet. Oa Tuesday evening tea was provided in the school- room for the villagers' and workmens' wives and laughters, numbers of whom partook of the refreshing beverage. Mrs. Archibold, one of the oldest inhabitants )f the neighbourhood, at the close, after speaking in laudatory terms of the kind consideration of Sir C. and Lady Morgan, in providing such an agreeable entertain- nent for the company, begged to propose their healths, md those of their very amiable family, with that of Lord md Lady Conyngham, who were beloved and respected jy all classes.—Mrs. Williams responded. Mrs. Chancellor Williams and the Misses Williams were unremitting in their attention to the guests of the evening, and after singing the doxology, all departed expressing grateful thanks for the treat they had, and for the kind attention shown them. On Wednesday, the village children, with those belong ing to the school, were also regaled with tea and cake. Admiral and Colonel Mundy and Miss Morgan, with adies from Tredegar, were present. Admiral Mundy iddressed them. Flags were suspended near the vicar- ige bearing the arms of the Morgan and Conyngham "amiles. On Thursday the bride and bridegroom started for London, en route for the continent. The family at Tre- legar went to the lodge to see them pass, and Lady Morgan accompanied them to Newport, where they de- parted by train. On Saturday we understand they start for Paris, to spend the honeymoon. During the whole of this and the preceding week a large number of guests have been most hospitably entertained at Tredegar House.

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