BANQUET TO THE 58TH REGT
On Thursday evening the people of Auckland gave a Farewell Banquet to
the 58th Regt. who, after having been stationed in this Colony for so
many years are about to embark for England.
It is not every
day that one parts with friends of fourteen years' date. When, therefore,
such an occurrence does take place, it deserves precedence of mere passing
events of the day. Acting on this principle, we suffer the sayings and
doings of our Provincial Parliament to stand over till our next number,
to enable us to report in full the proceedings at the Farewell Banquet
to the Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the 58th, which took place
in the Square of the Albert Barracks, on Wednesday last.
That report speaks
so decidedly the sentiments of the great bulk of the People of Auckland
towards the 58th Regiment, that we will not weaken its effect by repeating
our sense of the claims of that Regiment upon the sympathies and good
wishes of the inhabitants of this Province.
and those good wishes have been already expressed in another form to
Col. Wynyard, as Commanding Officer of the 58th, and in the various
Civil capacities he filled in this Province and Colony: - they are now
repeated, in an equally marked and even more popular manner, towards
the Regiment as a whole. The 58th, indeed, need no eulogy from us after
the eloquent summary of their career by the Chairman of the Banquet
and after the hearty demonstration of the goodwill of the People of
We content ourselves
with bidding them a hearty farewell, and with the expression of the
wish that, whether the Regiment ever revisits our shores or not, as
a Regiment, the words 'NEW ZEALAND' may be emblazoned on its Colours
in memory of the important part it has played in the secure and prosperous
foundation of this Colony.
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