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THE OPENING CEREMONY.
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Hampshire), who was abroad, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Southampton, and the Principal of the College (Dr. Richardson), whose sympathies were deeply interested in their work. The Hon. General Secretary had also received a large number of letters from others regretting that they were unable to be present.
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who was cordially applauded, in the course of his address said that he had great pleasure in acceding to the request made to him to open the Exhibition. He did not think anybody could have been better qualified to carry out the Exhibition than the Hartley University College. He fully concurred in the remarks made by the Chairman as to the educational form the Exhibition had taken—it was of high historic value, and it was not intended that the exhibits should be looked upon merely as objects of curiosity, but that they should be regarded from an educational point of view, and should serve the purpose of strengthening their knowledge and interest in the history of the past. The history of a county or the history of a town was part of the history of our nation, and unless we knew the history of the place in which we lived, unless we took an interest in that, it was not likely that we should take a wider interest in what concerned our county and our country as a whole. It had been said, he thought very truly, that the initial love of country and of patriotism began with attachment to one's own place and one's own county, caring for and valuing the things found in it. They had collected in that exhibition everything which could show them the history of this most ancient town and district from the earliest ages. Outside that exhibition they had the town itself with its objects of monumental interest siich as the ancient walls and the Bargate, and he hoped that these would ever be cherished and cared for as they ought to be. In past ages some of these objects were not cared for and were allowed to decay, but he believed that there was now an awakening interest in such matters, and he hoped that it would be developed in future generations. He should like to say how much they were indebted to various people for loans to the exhibition. His hand rested on a most magnificent monument of ancient Rome (the fragment of an entrance to a building from Clausentum) of the period when the Romans colonised this country and brought to the British the first arts of civilisation. His lordship enumerated many other notable exhibits, including the sword of Sir Bevis of Hampton, the old pictures of Sir Bevis and the Giant Ascupart, the interesting painting of the entry of Queen Elizabeth into Southampton (in which the Queen is shown as receiving the purse of forty golden sovereigns from the inhabitants of the town), the cradle of Henry V., the magnificent Spanish money chest with its lock of marvellous mechanism, which he thought was almost unique, the beautiful pictures by Bridell, the
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