THE CUTLERS' FEAST AT SHEFFIELD
This festival, which is now looked upon as an event of almost national interest, was held on Thursday, and passed off with a brilliancy that has never been exceeded. About eleven o'clock the newly-elected master cutler, Mr. George Wostenholm, of the Washington Works, and the other members of the company, assembled at the Cutlers' Hall, where they partook of a handsome dejeuner. At noon, they proceeded in procession to the Town Hall, where the master cutler, the wardens, the searchers, and the assistants, took the oaths of office. Afterwards they went to the parish church, where an excellent sermon was preached by the chaplain, the Rev. W. Wilkinson. During the whole of the day the front of the Cutlers' Hall was decorated with banners, including the stars and stripes of the United States, in honour of the presence in Sheffield of the representative in this country of the American Republic. About two hundred gentlemen sat down to dinner. The Master Cutler presided. On his right was seated the Duke of Newcastle, and on his left the Hon. Mr. Dallas, the American minister. There were present also several of the nobility and local gentry. Dinner having been concluded, the Master Cutler proposed the usual loyal toasts. He then proposed the "Army and Navy," to which Col. Hodge responded. The health of the Emperor of the French was then proposed. Baron Gudin, of the French navy, responded. Mr. Mappin proposed the health of the Duke of Norfolk, to which Lord G. Manners responded. Mr. I. Greaves proposed the health of the Duke of Newcastle. The duke returned thanks. He paid a high compliment to Mr. Dallas, and said as long as we have such a representative of the United States, the probability of any rupture with that country will be remote. He believed at this moment the export of unwrought steel from this town to the United States amounts to something like 6,000 tons a year. He spoke not of other manufactured articles, but of one which alone might form, he did not say a golden, but an iron link between the two countries. (Cheers.) He congratulated them upon the present state of prosperity in this town, which prosperity had been brought about and is attributable to a greatly improved feeling between the masters and the workmen. His grace touched upon the most salient social questions of the day for the amelioration of the condition of the people. If they succeeded in rendering the situation of the labouring classes of a country prosperous and happy, they would to that - ay, and even to a still greater-extent eradicate and prevent crime, Let them not forget that it is not the wealth or the patriotism of an aristocracy -that it is not the industry, the riches, or the virtues of a middle class, that constitute the strength of a nation, but that it is, combined with these, the prosperity, the content, and the instruction of the labouring community which must form the power of a nation. With these we may hope to continue happy and prosperous in peace - with these we may be assured of strength in war. (Cheers.) The Master Cutler then proposed the health of the American minister, the Hon. Mr. Dallas, to which he responded. The healths of Earl Fitzwilliam, Lord Wharncliffe, and Lord George Manners were then proposed. Mr. R. N. Philips, of the Park, proposed the health of Lord Denman. The remaining toasts were the Master Cutler; the members for the West Riding; the members for Sheffield, to which Mr. Roebuck responded; the magistrates; the Mayor; Mr. Mappin, and the past master cutlers and the ladies. The company broke up shortly after eleven o'clock.
Source: The Usk Observer - 13th September 1856