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mention of my first public ball, which
was given last evening, in honor
of Her Majesty's birth-day.

2. I had caused about
seven hundred (700) invitations to
be issued to the principal residents
in all parts of the Colony, and
I am happy to say that a number
of the chief inhabitants of the
various districts travelled many
hundred miles (here a journey
of several days) to show their
loyalty to their Sovereign on the
occasion of the first celebration of
this national festival by Her Majesty's
first Representative in this Colony.

3. I proposed, after supper, —
"The Queen," and "Prosperity to Queensland."
In giving the health of Her Majesty,
I said, among other remarks, that
this toast was on that day, received
with loyal enthusiasm by millions
of our fellow-subjects throughout
Her dominions; but that in no
part of the Empire would it be
received with more genuine feeling
than in the great and rising
Colony on which Her Majesty has
been graciously pleased to bestow
her own royal title.

4. In giving "Prosperity to
Queensland," I remarked that I
proposed this toast not merely as an
aspiration for the future, for the
prosperity of this Colony was already
a great fact. At the first commencement
of its career, it at once took
the twelfth place among the
forty-eight colonies of the British
Crown.

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Crown. After some details in proof of
this assertion, I concluded by observing
that, with regard to the great question
of the future, it was impossible to use
more appropriate language than that
of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, at the
celebration in London last year of the
anniversary of the foundation of the
Australian Colonies. It was to the
following effect:— "The time may come
when these new Colonies of ours will
be great States and nations; when
they will find it more easy to raise
armies among them than they now
find it to raise a police; when
they will have in their harbours
forests of masts, and in their waters
a navy of their own. It may so
happen at that distant day that
England may be in danger. It may
so happen that the great despotic
Powers of old Europe may then rise up
against the venerable parent of many
free common wealths. If that day
should arrive, I believe that her
children in Australia will not be
unmindful of the tie which unites
them to the dear mother-country;
but that to her rescue across the
wide ocean vessels will come thick
and fast, among which there will
be but one cry: "While Australia
lasts, England shall not perish.
"

5. The sentiment contained
in these words was received by my
audience with an emotion, second
only to the enthusiasm elicited by
the preceding toast to the health of
the Queen.

6. According

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