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Monmouthshire and Lord Tredegar.…


Monmouthshire and Lord Tredegar. E$ In response to a circular, signed by the High ^Sheriff of Monmouthshire (Dr J. D. James), the Mayor of Newport (Councillor R. Wilkinson), the Mayor of Monmouth (Councillor George R. SEdwards), and the Mayor of Abergavenny (Alderman W. Williams), a meeting was held at the Town Hall, Newport, on Tuesday, to consider the proposed tribute to Lord Tredegar. The Mayor of Newport presided, and was supported by, amongst others, the Under-Sberiff (Mr Percy Laybourne), the Town Clerk (Mr A. A. Newman), he Mayor of Abergavenny, Mr Clifford Cory, Dr ,Garrod Thomas, Mr E. E. Micholls, Mr R. Laybourne, Colonel Mansel, Alderman S. N. Jones (chairman of the Monmouthshire County Council), Colonel Wallis, Alderman J. R. Jacob, Mr G. P. Mitchell-Innes, Colonel Clifford Phillips (ex-mayor of Newport), Mr F. P. Robjent (president of the Newport Chamber of Commerce), Mr T. H. Mordey (chairman of the Newport Harbour Board), Messrs. G. R. Martyn, C. D. Phillips, E. Phillips, L. H. Hornby, &c. In opening the proceedings, the Chairman said Newport recognised that Lord Tredegar bad been not only a true friend to the town, but the best friend to the port. His lordship had succeeded in transforming what was once only a coasting port into one of the principal seaports in the United Kingdom. Newport claimed Lord Tredegar, and willingly and anxiously invited the county to join ier in recognition of all his lordship had done for %oth. (Applause). The Town Clerk and the Under-Sheriff then read ft number of letters of apology for non- attendance. The High Sheriff, who was, un- fortunately, ill in bed, hoped the memorial would be a Monmouthshire movement or that Mon- mouthshire would act quite independently. The Chairman of the Monmouthshire Quarter Sessions (Mr S. C. Bosanquet) wrote similarly. Sir Henry Mather Jackson hoped that, whatever form the memorial took, Monmouthshire would act independently, because Lord Tredegar belonged more especially to Monmouthshire and Was lord-lieutenant of the county. Colonel Bradney wrote that he would be prepared to support whatever steps were taken in the matter. Mr Ebenezer Lewis favoured a joint memorial of the three counties of Monmouth, Glamorgan, and Brecon. Mr Frederick Mills, of Ebbw Vale, eenclosed in his letter a subscription of five guineas. Sir A. Mackworth hoped that the memorial would ;be one which would delight many generations yet ito come. { Alderman S. N. Jones said it would give him and his Council great pleasure to take part ib the movement, but as far as he persoually was concerned he was bound to continue his co- operation with Sir Alfred Thomas, M.P., the chairmen of the Glamorganshire and Breconshire County Councils and the Mayors of Brecon, Swansea, Cardiff, and Newport, who had already met at Cardiff. Mr Clifford Cory said that if it were decided to have a memorial outside of Monmouthshire, he 'would throw in his principal support with the 'County of Monmouth. Colonel Clifford Phillips, alluding to the Cardiff -'meeting, said he, personally, wished to support a National memorial, and not one for a isingle county. He thought it better that all parties should join in the action which had been outlined at Cardiff-(cries of "No, no")—in connection with the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, of which Lord Tredegar was patron. The Under-Sheriff read an extract from a letter from Sir Alfred Thomas, M.P., stating that a atatue of Lord Tredegar was to be placed in front of the new college buildings in Cathays Park, Cardiff, Alderman S. N. Jones said nothing of that kind vras decided at the meeting at Cardiff, and no desolation was passed. Mr C. D. Phillips said that Lord Tredegar was a Monmouthshire man, and belonged to that county ^&Ore than to any other- (bear, h,ar)-and to ask ^lonmoufhshire men to contribute towards a Statue to be erectpd at Cardiff would not be very popular. (Hear, hear). It might be desirable, perhaps, to consult Lord Tredegar on the subject I and be proposed that a committee be formed from that meeting to meet a similar committee from the counties of Glamorgan and Brecon, out of which a small sub-committee could be formed to meet his lordship and ascertain his likes and dislikes in the Matter. (Hear, hear). Alderman J. R Jacob seconded. He thought that whatever was done should be done in con- sonance with Lord Tredegar's own wishes. Mr T. Price (Tredegar) said it was news to him that the movement was initiated in Cardiff. He claimed Lord Tredegar as a Monmouthshire man, "dearer to the people of Monmouthshire than to any other countv. When he gave the town of Tiedegar ,^8 park he gave it another lung, and it was at Tredegar that the inception of a memorial took $>lace. Mr R. Laybourne thought that the Mayors of Newport, Monmoutb. and Abergavenny, and the Chairman of the Monmouthshire County Council Bright form themselves into a committee with Power to add to their number, with a view of Seeing what could be done in Monmouthshire. Mr F. P. Robjent paid one of the objects of the meeting was to know where they stood. Was the memorial to be a Welsh, a Cardiff, or a Monmouthshire memorial? He thought Lord Tredegar would much more appreciate a memorial 'Riven to him bv his own county. They ought to go to the Cardiff meeting to see that Monmouth- shire's views were properly represented, and thsy ought to be in a position to put something definite Sorwerd. Mr G. P. Reynolds thought one of the conditions should be that part of the memorial at any rate, should be placed in Monmouthshire. Colonel Wallis said that they in Monmouthshire desired that the whole of the money realised should not be spent in Cardiff. Mr W. E. Heard thought it would be entirely in opposition to the wishes of Monmouthshire if Cardiff were allowed to have the memorial to herself. Mr Horace Lyne thought it would be a mistake to try to define what shape the memorial should 'take. Let Lord Tredegar decide that himself. On the suggestion of Mr L. H. Hornby it was "SuaIIy agree:! that the motion should take; this Sorm :— A .4 That tnis meeting is in full sympathy witn the movement to recognise the great services of Lord Tredegar, and is of opinion that; a I committee of twelve should be appointed to confer with representatives from Glamorgan and Breconshire as to the form the recognition should take, and to report to a subsequent meeting in Monmouthshire, -and this was carried unanimously. A committee was then appointed consisting of the following gentlemen:—The High-Sheriff of Monmouthshire, the high-sheriff-elect (Mr Clifford IDory), the 1\1 ayoroÏ Newport, the deputy-mayor (Mr John Moxon). the Mayor of Monmouth, the Mayor of Abergavenny, the chairman and vice- chairman of quarter sessions (Mr S, C, Bosanquet -and Sir H. Mather-Jackson, Bart.), the chairman and vice-chairman of the County Council (Alderman S. N. Jones and Sir Henry Mather- ,Jackson, Bart.), the president of the Newport 'Chamber of Commerce, the chairman of the Newport Harbour Board (Mr T. H. Alordev), the "president of the Newport Trades' Council (Mr "Cadogan), the chairman of the Tredegar Urban district Council, the chairman of the Newport Board of Guardians (Mr T. Dutfield). the chairman ni the St. Mellon's Rural District, Council (Major 32. Davies), the chairman of the Monmouthshire Chamber of Agriculture (Sir H. Mather-Jackson), the clerk of the peace (Mr H. Stafford Gustard), -,t,"e Town Clerk of Newport, the Under-Sheriff, Mr C. D. Phillips, and Mr Richard Stratton. A largely 'attended public meeting was held at the Town Hall, Cardiff, on Thursday, to consider the nature of the tribute to be rendered to Lord Tredegar and to appoint a committee to take such steps as might be considered necessary to carry the scheme into effect. Sir Alfred Thomas presided. The Chairman said they met to do honour to a man who was idolised by the public—(applaue«)— and he (the chairman) -would not like to make such a statement as that without knowing, with- out any doubt whatever, that what he said was true. (Renewed applause). Lord Tredegar was kindness personified, and it was only right that those amongst whom he lived in South Wales and Monmouthshire should in wome way recognise his worth to the community at large. Alderman S. N. Jones, chairman of the Mon- mouthshire County Council, moved the following resolution:- That this meeting, consisting of representa- tives of the people of tha three counties of Glamorgan, Moumouth, and Brecon, is of opinion that steps should be taken during the present year, being the fiftieth anniversary of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade, to give public recognition in some permanent form to the qualities of the Right Hon Godfrey Charles Morgan, Lord Tredegar, J.P., L.L., as a brave and gallant soldier, a patriotic Welshman, a generous and enlightened land- owner, and a noble and public-spirited philanthropist, and to the interest which he has always shown in the causes of public education and in every movement for the moral, intellectual, and material benefit of the people, whereby he has endeared himself to the people of South Wales and Monmouth- shire. I He hoped, he said, that this would be a national testimonial, and not confined to the three counties named. (Hear, hear). This resolution was carried unanimously. The Mayor of Cardiff moved the next resolution, which was as to the composition of the com- mittee. In the diaousfion which followed, the represents « tives of each of the three counties endeavoured to obtain what they considered a fair representation. Eventually it was decided that the Monmouthshire Committee should be added to that now proposed, and that the clause enabliug the Committee to add to their numb er should be exercised to equalise the representation. It was decided that the subscriptions should be denominated in shillings.

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