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523 One of the most remarkable triumphs of organization and energy THE JUBILEE FESTIVITIES.
was the removal of all the fittings and decorations from the Central THE arrangements for the celebration of the lawyers' Jubilee festival Hall on Monday night. The banquet was over by about eleven may be described as the result of a succession of " happy thoughts." o'clock; the workmen instantly commenced operations, and by 4.30 It was a happy thought to seize upon the Jubilee year to return the
on Tuesday morning every vestige of the banquet was removed, so hospitality which for many years has been bestowed on the London that when the courts met for business at 10.30 not a trace of the members of the Incorporated Law Society by the country solicitors ;
festivities remained. it was a happy thought to fix the date of the festivities early in the
The strange operations which had been in progress for some days season, before the great mass of celebrations take place, and at a
at the Chancery-lane front of the Law Institution betokened extentime when London is most attractive both as regards natural sive and elaborate preparations for the ball on Tuesday evening. As features and amusements ; it was a bold and, in many respects, a
the event is now over, and it is too late for anyone to apply for an interhappy thought to appropriate the great hall of the Royal Courts for locutory injunction, we may venture to suggest that we have failed to the banquets; it was a happy thought to secure the presence at the first discover in the society's charter any authority for the construction of banquet of a Lord Chancellor who has introduced a Land Transfer Bill huge wooden projections on that gloomy façade-more especially of upon which important suggestions have been sent in by the council of one so designed as vividly to suggest a series of valuable, but usually the society. But the happiest thought of all was to bring together at less conspicuous, domestic arrangements. These unsightly structures such a time as the present the London and country solicitors, and to
were necessary to provide stairs for the downgoing throng from the afford them opportunities for discussion and free interchange of supper room. Every part of the large building, including even the sentiments on the momentous question which is now before the pro-ing, and the barest rooms had been more or less elaborately decorated
secretary's offices, was made available for the purposes of the evenfession.
Whatever else may be said, it must be admitted on all hands that, for the festivities. How many of those present ever dreamt, when in point of magnificence, the entertainments were worthy both of the passing weary hours in the examination rooms, that they would one great body by whom they were given and of the occasion to which day see the place given over to a ball? How many of those who they owed their origin. That means should have been provided entered the profession a quarter of a century or so ago can have by private subscriptions for festivities on such a scale does the then imagined that a day would come when a Lord Chancellor, highest credit to the public spirit of the London solicitors, or,
an ex-Lord Chancellor, a very learned Lord Justice, and two or three rather, of the 600 guarantors among them. Their liberality in
of the judges, would be seen at a ball given by solicitors to solicitors ? placing something like £7,000 at the disposal of the grand com
Of the ball itself everyone seems to speak in terms of satisfaction, mittee was well seconded by the indefatigable exertions of the despite the crush occasioned by the enormous number of guests, and executive committee and officers of the society. It is bare justice
the laments of certain unhappy men who had to go away withto them to say that in the matter of careful and elaborate
out their hats and coats, of which, however, they obtained possession arrangement nothing was wanting. We believe it is
on the following morning. sidered by the most experienced managers to be no ordinary
The performances at the various theatres were apparently generally feat to provide a dinner for nearly 800 guests; to get them enjoyed, but it was remarkable how often the particular theatre into their places without confusion, and to insure the proper to visit. Quite a brisk exchange of tickets was set up, and it is to be
allotted to a guest happened not to be the one he particularly desired carrying out of the programme. there are added those arising from a hall and offices not designed hoped that ultimately everyone gɔt to the play he wanted. and never before used for the purpose, some idea may be formed of the formidable obstacles in the way of success. We think that the committee are to be heartily congratulated on the way
THE FIRST BANQUET. in which they were overcome, and Mr. Williamson and his staff, to The festivities opened with a banquet on Saturday evening in the Central whom the successful carrying out of the arrangements is due, have Hall of the Royal Courts. The floor space of the great hall was carpeted, earned the gratitude of the profession.
and a long table, stretching, on the west side, from the south to the north The banquets were singularly successful considering the cir- end, and raised on a dais, was appropriated to the principal guests cumstances under which they were held. Mr. Street's cathedral and tho members of the council. Twenty-three tables were placed at nave has, no doubt, in some respects once more proved its right angles to this table for the accommodation of the other guests. In want of adaptation to any useful purpose, but its chief merit, floor and plants, and the tables were profusely decorated with cut flowers. The
the bays of the hall on either side were grouped palms, flowering shrubs, space, happened to be the one thing essential for the recent hall was effectively lighted with the electric light, which behaved well, as banquets; and it must certainly be said that the lofty pro- a whole, on the occasion of both banquets. On the first evening the nine portions of the hall, if they dwarfed the decorations and orten arc lights which hung high overhead burned brilliantly throughout the rendered the speakers inaudible, imparted dignity and evening except in two instances, and in one of these the lamp, after reimpressiveness
the occasion which other available maiuing extinguished for a time, burst into brightness, apparently upon bailding could have done. There was, too, an obvious appro- its own accord ; and on the second evening only one of the lamps refused priateness in holding a great lawyer's festivity in the very
to perform its proper functions, but the hall was so brilliantly lighted that midst of the courts. There were, of course, the usual small mis- the loss of Illumination thereby occasioned was scarcely noticeable. The adventures to particular guests occurring in the best managed huge electric light was certainly prominent for one useful quality, for the hall dinner, and from which even the feasts of the Corporation of London remained in a delicious state of coolness each evening. The band of the are not exempt. But with the exception of the extraordinary difficulty charmingly throughout the banquet and until the toast of "The Queen.”
Royal Artillery was stationed in the South Gallery, and discoursed absolute despair, and resulted in the loss to the world of several Behind the chairman on each occasion were a couple of trumpeters, clad presumably valuable and one apparently very amusing speech, we in the regulation brilliant scarlet and gold tunics, and these heralded each venture to say that never were dinners of such magnitude given with toast by a blast on their silver instruments. The difficulty, or, rather, so much general satisfaction.
The after dinner speeches were, generally speaking, worthy of not unnaturaly was the cause of a good deal of noise, arising from the
of the flight of stairs, by the course of an admirable address he spoke of the sacredness with the respective chairmen on the two evenings. The most effective which solicitors observe the confidence reposed in them, and con- piece of decoration was in the North Corridor, entering from Jareyhandges to show the respect which they felt, and which everybody through all its length, into an exquisite bower of palms and flowers, belt, for the profession to which the great majority of those present the floor was carpeted with red baize, and the lighting was managed by with sympathetic delight by a certain learned judge of the Chancery from the main corridor towards the refreshment rooms was similarly bolonged" - an observation which no Teattwäsritead nezado enorming incandescent electric lights in different coloured glasses dispersed over the Division. Perhaps it would have been as well if the list of toasts decorated, and provided with chairs and tables for after-dinner coffee. much of the vocal music ; but we imagine it was difficult for anyone of ever.effield and the view of the great hall, was most striking and beforehand to conceive the utter uns hitness Motion the hall for publie charming. The architectural features of the "corridor lend themselves
specially well to the purposes of floral decoration, and probably never was
have amongst them as their guests to-night the members of the country of him-in fact, to stand sentinel over the globe. Le surrounded it with
to add a few words because he was privileged to join with the toast the the delegates of the country law societies. He trusted that the cordial name of the present holder of the high office of Lord Mayor. The name relations which the London members maintained with their country of Sir Reginald Hanson not only appealed to them as one of civic honour, brethren, and the aid and assistance which they at all times gave them, but from all sorts of aspects. To many of them not the least of his recom might long continue. mendations was that he was an old Rugbeian, and that he was well known The PRESIDENT of the LIVERPOOL Law Society (Mr. Kenion) responded. in the Surrey cricket field and at the London Athletic Club, but that was He said that it had been the humble effort of the country law societies to far from being the reason why he wished in this hall, and in this receive the Incorporated Law Society in the provinces. They had done year, to speak of him. Sir Reginald Hanson was, he believed, the only their best from time to time to render the visits of the London members Cambridge man who had filled the civic chair, and if he (Mr. Lake) was to the provinces worthy of the dignity of this great society. They had not much mistaken the University of Cambridge was about to give the Lord heard from the president to-night, as they had heard on previous occaMayor the highest honour it was in their power to bestow, that of sions, that the provincial efforts had been acceptable, and that they might Doctor of Civil Laws. There was one honour he ventured to think the be considered worthy of the occasion; but he thought it was a happy idea Lord Mayor would even pride himself still more upon, and that was that of the London members of the Incorporated Law Society, in celebration he occupied the unique position-certainly in this reign-of having of this Jubilee year, that they should return, in some measure, the obligations received his august sovereign at the Mansion House as his guest. He had they had felt they were under by asking the provincial solicitors to meet received her Majesty on the occasion of one of those gracious visits which them in this Jubilee year in the greatest city of the empire. He felt that she had been paying more often lately than perhapsduring the last few years this was a very adequate response to all that the provincial societies had had been possible, and he had received as a fitting reward of his loyalty done, and, on behalf of the provincial societies, he begged to tender in the and of the loyalty of the city which he represented the hereditary honour most hearty manner their siucere thanks to the president, to the Incorand dignity which he now wore, and, in the hope that he might enjoy that porated Law Society, and to the profession in London, for the very hearly dignity for many years, and that he might hand to his
manner in which they had welcomed them. unimpaired the privileges and liberties of that great city of which he was The LORD MAYOR gave the bealth of the President of the Incorporated the worthy representative, he called upon them to drink the health of Law Society, who represented their host here this evening. He did not the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor.
think it necessary to dilate on the greatness of the Incorporated Law The Lord Mayor, in acknowledging the compliment, said that the Society, or of its president, their excellent host; but he could tell the Attorney-General and Lord Hobhouse had expressed what appeared to be great number present to whom it was an utter impossibility that his the views of many of those present-namely, that they were very much speeches could have been audible, that those speeches had been most exercised as to what was the possible use of this hall. Their president à propos, and that he had never heard better speeches given by a president and the Incorporated Law Society had recently discovered a very good at any dinner, especially to such a distinguished company as this. Per. use to which to put it, and he was quite certain that all who were their sonally he had known the president for a great many years, and he could guests would appreciate it, and hoped that this would be by no means the venture to congratulate the Incorporated Law Society on their president last occasion on which the ball would be put to such a use. He would and on the work they had done, and especially on the exceedingly happy venture, however, as Lord Mayor, to say that an earlier use had been dis. thought of celebrating the Jubilee of her Majesty by giving this magnifi. covered for the hall, even from the very time when it had been first cent entertainment, because they in the City thought that any good opened, the time of his predecessor in office Sir Henry Knight. Since his work could not be better celebrated than by having a very good dinner, time it had been the passage room through which, on every succeeding when all differences of opinion and any asperities which might have been 9th of November, the then Lord Mayor had passed to receive some words felt were smoothed down. By the courtesy of the Incorporated Law Society of advice from the Lord Chief Justice of England. Doubtless many of they had had the opportunity of enjoying this evening a splendid enterthose present had been in that interesting but somewhat barbaric tainment, for which, in the name of those present, he would render his country Spain, where the chief amusement was the bullfight. But they best thanks to the society and to the president, Mr. Parker. treated the bull with the highest honour and respect, and before he was The toast was drunk upstanding, and with three cheers. taken into the arena to be baited he was paraded before assembled multi The PRESIDENT, in responding, said: I rise to offer the warm thanks of tudes, his horns were gilt, he was decorated with wreaths and ribbons my colleagues and of myself for the kindly words with which the Lord and regarded as worthy to be slain with honour. Such was the position Mayor has introduced the toast of the Incorporated Law Society. of the Lord Mayor on the 9th of November on his way to the Queen's Although in its terms the toast is addressed to me as president, I accept it Bench. There he was addressed by the Lord Chief Justice on many sub- in the collective sense in which it is intended, as applying to the council jects, some of which he understood perfectly well, and of some of which, over which I have the honour to preside, and to the society whose affairs if he were a vain man, he might say he knew better than some other we administer. For the Incorporated' Law Society I may say that, people, and upon many other subjects which were of vast interest to the although it is not yet sixty years old, it has been steadily increasing in woria in general but which did not perhaps so intimately concern the importance and influence throughout the whole period of its career. The City of London or the Lord Mayor. He (the Lord Mayor) had had the Legislature has intrusted us with the most important functions with opportunity of hearing from the Lord Chief Justice the whole history in respect to the discipline and the education of our profession, and every a very compendious way of all the jubilees which had taken place in year our work and our influence are increasing. Although we do this work England. That was six months ago, and, notwithstanding the serious for the whole body of the profession, yet, speaking in round numbers, of warning given to him, he was surviving in very good health, and he the 14,000 solicitors who are upon the roll, a little more than one-third of believed the Corporation of the City of London was surviving and was them are inrolled within our ranks, and I consider it is essential to the held in the same estimation as ever. Mr. Lake had been good enough to say development and to the furtherance of the objects for which our society it was, and he believed he would be able to hand over the trust committed was incorporated that every solicitor upon the rolls should be inrolled to him to his successor and his successors for many years, in as good a
within our ranks, and I look forward to the day, and that day may not be condition as when he had received it, and unimpaired in the estimation of far distant, when this great fusion will be accomplished ; and then, and the citizens of London. In the minds of all thinking men the corpora.
not until then, will our society be that grand representative body of the tion, was represented in a great degree by the guests who were here whole profession which it ought to be, and in the end, I venture to say, to-night, because he knew that the guests of the Incorporated Law must be. Society were from all parts of England, and many of them were con The proceedings then terminated. cerned in local self-government, and he thought ihey had perfect confidence in leaving the management of municipal matters in the hands of
THE SECOND BANQUET. those to whom they were intrusted year by year in the month of Novem The second banquet took place at the hall of the Law Courts on Monday, ber by those who elected their representatives all over the kingdom. It evening, Mr. G. B. GREGORY presiding. Among the guests, was a great distinction to the City and to him, as its head, that her Majesty Lingen, the Right. Hon. Osborne Morgan, Q.C., 11. P., Rear Admiral Field, should have visited the Mansion House, which was an event unparalleled the Lord Advocate, Sir John Mowbray, Bart., "Sir Gabriel Goldney, Sir E. during her reign, and he believed during that of any other sovereign, and Watkın, M.P., Mr. Sta vely-Hill, Q. c., M.P., Sir W. Hardman, Sir Whitthat her reception there had been carried out to her satisfaction and to taker Ellis, M.P., Sir J. Parker Deane, Q.c., Mr. J. W. Lowther, M. Pur that of the Royal Family, as he believed, from her Majesty's statement and from what he had heard from other members of the Royal Family, was M.P., Mr. T. Milvain, M.P., and Mr. Elton, Q.C., M.P.
Mr. Lockwood, Q.C., M.P., Mr. Dixon-Hartland, M.P., Mr. Maclean, Q.C., honour her Majesty had been pleased to confer on him he was not vain present to drink it, remembering that they were there as solicitors of hide enough to take to himself. He knew it was in honour of the ancient City Supreme Court, and they were there assembled in this great palace, which of London and the way in which it had supported her and her family. the Queen of this country had herself dedicated to the administration of justice.
Professor TIRDALL responded, humorously remarking that he was "sorry members of the Royal Family," which was followed by that of the most rehat science had not had more to do with the construction of this haly, which, Navy, and Auxiliary Forces," in giving which the chairman pointed out there
Sir J. D. LINTON, P.R.I., and Mr. warene Besave disorreturned thanks. Public spirit of this counry, and it was supported by the reserve forces which The PRESIDENT proposed the health of the Provincial Law Societies, and
were entirely dependent upon that public spirit. The British soldier when Feciprocate the pleasure which they had torthern and treats teeperhentia of Aldershot. That was this destiny cánth his duty. That destiny be acceptando
done well in changing the snows of the Himalayas for the blinding sands during their visits to the provinces, where the most lavish efforts had that duty he fulfilled. They all know their Obligation to the Navy, and
law societies, and many of the most useful members of the council were tions.
The LORD ADVOCATE_OF SCOTLAND returned thanks for the Army and Sir John MOWBRAY, Bart., replied for the House of Commons, referring the Reserve Forces. For the Army he might say, from his own ob- particularly to the intimate connection which existed between the legal servation, that never during this generation had it been filled by better profession and the two Houses of Parliament. The House of Commons was men in physique than it was at the present moment, and they had recruited in its most illustrious members from the legal profession-from the only to cast their memory back to the events of the last three or four most able and energetic members of both branches of the profession. He years in order to satisfy themselves that that physique was used bravely would remind those who were disposed to criticise the doings of the House in the service of the country. For his own branch of the service he returned of Commons, that the present was a very unfavourable year. But there hearty thanks that they had done them the honour of coupling it with the was the unprecedented fact that the House of Commons, representing Army, and he assured them that if they had any confidence that they could all shades of denominational and religious opinion and classes and conbe of any use for the defence of their country, it was solely because they ditions of men, had repaired to St. Margaret's Church--the first time such a believed and knew that they belonged to the same race from whom our regular ceremony had taken place for a thousand years—to celebrate the Jubilee of Army was recruited, and therefore they felt that, if properly led by the an English Sovereign; and, for the first time, on Saturday evening, a officers of the Army, they might be able to do their duty. He rejoiced to banquet had been given to the legal profession in the Palace of Justice. On see that every day the union between the two branches of the Army, the behalf of the House of Commons he would say that this, too, was an unindispensable Regular Army and the equally indispensable Reserve Army, precedented year. The House had sat ever since January-nearly five was becoming closer and more intimate.
months-and they had passed one rule of procedure and two clauses of a Admiral Field returned thanks for the Navy, observing that there was no
criminal Bill. The guests this evening had drunk to the House of Commons, rivalry between the Army and the Navy, except as to which should serve the
which for more than 600 years had conferred great benefits upon the people, country best. Lawyers, until of late, had been permitted to be present at
and he looked upon it with peculiar hope for the future. There never had court martials only as a friends of the prisoners.” They had now a legal intelligence who formed the members of the House of Commons, and if the
been a time when there were a greater number of young men of ability and status there, and he did not know that there was any difference, except in the length of the proceedings.
House would only proceed to work, great things might be expected of it.
This was also the Jubilee year, in a sense, of the Chairman and himself, because Mr. W. MELMOTH WALTERs gave the toast of "The Houses of Parliament,” it would be fifty years next November since Mr. Gregory and he had had speaking of the opening of the Hall by her Majesty, and remarking that they the pleasure of commencing the study of the legal profession in the chambers were there to-night in a fitting way, it seemed to him, in commemoration of of an eminent conveyancer, Mr. John Tyrrell, in New-square. her jubilee. He had great pleasure in proposing the toast on behalf of the legal
Mr. R. Ellett (Cirencester) proposed the health of “The Bench and the profession. They considered that they of the legal profession were, as it Bar.” This was an age in which institutions were apparently undergoing a were, the handmaids of the Houses of Parliament. The Houses of Parliament process of deterioration, but when they looked at the Bench of England had made their laws, and had entrusted to them the execution of them. The they saw it maintaining its wonted dignity, its excellent purity, and its Houses of Parliament, beyond trusting them to that extent, had now let unswerviog equity, and whether as English lawyers or as Englishmen they them free and given them this magnificent hall to run in. Then, he said,
were proud of it, and they sought to do honour to it. The bar was a it was fitting that there they should propose their health. They, as lawyers necessity of the bench, and if the bench were wise and good it was because as well as citizens, owed much to the Houses of Parliament, for their liberties the bar was so. He ventured to say that there never had been a time during and their rights were owing to them. From them they derived Magna the whole history of the English Bar where it was more fertile in the Charta, from them they got the Bill of Rights, and it would take a long production of distinguished men, men of great honour and ability, and the time to enumerate the benefits which flowed from the action of the Houses bar had never at any time been more productive of men qualified to fill of Parliament. He liked the House of Lords, not merely as a matter of high offices as judges and as statesmen, and of men whose weight and fancy, but he liked because of the value of
debates, because of the high eloquence enabled them to maintain worthily the traditions of the bar. pitch of eloquence to which it aspired, and because of the decorum which
That this was no fancy picture was well illustrated by the history of the prevailed there. He liked the House of Lords not simply because, like most right hon. gentleman whose name he was authorised to couple with the Englishmen, he had got, perhaps, a sneaking partiality for a lord, but also toast. because he believed somewhat in the transmission of virtues and talents by
Mr. Osborne MORGAN, Q.C., M.P., who was received with loud cheers, hereditary descent, and because, in addition to that, he found the House of responded. He said the Bench of England was one of the few institutions Lords was yearly recruited from amongst the best of our commoners, and of which the Englishman was still permitted to be proud. The judges of because he found the result of that to be that they had a second chamber in. England could vie in point of ability, in point of purity, in point of ferior to none in the whole world—one which they could destroy if they integrity, with the judges of any other country on the face of the globe. pleased, but which they could never build up again; and a feature which
If there was a single drawback to their happiness, a single bitter drop in made it independent, and that was a great feature in a chamber of that kind, their cup, it was because they were under the necessity of having to a chamber which was not driven hither and thither by the uncertain gale construe the nonsenso which unfortunate legislators enacted. But what of popular favour, but a chamber which deliberated and discussed matters would the bench be without the bar, from whom its distinguished members upon its own responsibility, and which came fearlessly to the conclusion
were drawn ; and what would the bench or the bar be without that which justice required. It had been said, What was the use of the House distinguished section of the profession of which this distinguished of Lords ? and there were those who cried, “Down with it; down with it society was, if he might use the expression, the incorporated essence ?
He even to the ground ! Had it gone down?. No. Recent events had made could never forget that the bench, the bar, and the solicitors were the three it grow in favour and in power; and he believed the day was far removed branches of the same profession-component parts of the same machine When they should hear any substantial echo of the cry, “ Down with the and the object of all of them was, or ought to be the same—the adminisHouse of Lords !” If they looked back, there was many a time when they tration of justice. had had occasion to say, " Thank God for the House of Lords."
The CHAIRMAN proposed the toast of "The Provincial Law Societies." He no concealing the fact that the House of Commons was suffering at the said : I have great pleasure in proposing the health of those who are here as present moment from a severe afliction. He did not know what the doctors
our guests to day; those who have accepted us as their guests for years before, called it, but he would be inclined to say that it was cacoethes loquendi, and and who, I hope, will receive us as long as we shall survive as guests again.
to say that independent critics had noticed a serious deteriora. We are all indebted to their hospitality, and we are all indebted to them for tion in its manners and language. In conclusion, he invited the members of following our example of incorporating members of the solicitor branch of the Houses of Parliament, if they wished to see how business should be trans- the profession into societies for the maintenance of discipline, for the preacted, to come to the Courts of Justice. But there were gleams of hope. servation of the conduct, and for the maintaining of the dignity and the He had faith in the ultimate triumph of good sense, and he believed that the honour of their own profession. That has been the duty of these afiljated present was but a passing phase which, carefully attended to, would pass law societies. That duty they have faithfully fulfilled. I venture to
way: He believed in the experience they had had in the past, and had anticipate a joke we may see in some of our favourite society journals, where faith in what was to come in the future, and that this would amply justify we may be compared to the octopus sending out our bloodsuckers in all him in asking them to drink the toast.
directions. Let them say it. What we are doing is to extend the honour of Lord LINGEN, K.C.B., returned thanks for the House of Lords, observing our profession, of maintaining its position of dignity in all parts of this that, as a second chamber, it held its position in the country greatly by it's country, and I say we are indebted to the affiliated law societies for assisting independence and greatly by its experience, and he felt tolerably 'safe in us materially in that direction. We are delighted to see them as our guests appealing to this assembly, which, more than any other, was connected to-day. Wo look to favours to come. We look to receiving their hospitality
I shall not be of the party, but many of us may be. country. The House of Lords, on the whole, was perhaps the richest body I cannot look forward to it, but perhaps I may live in the memory of some of that fact might be attributed the great influence which it rightly and justly destiny. I desire nothing higher. I desire nothing better as long as I am a bad in this country. And, further, its experience was a quality which it member of the profession. So long as I am remembered amongst you all so Sonat estates, the agricultural, urban, and mining interests, everything that satisfaction and with heartfelt gratification to propose the health of the thartituted the industry and the wealth of the country, was represented Provincial Law Societies, coupled with the name of the President of the
Bristol Law Society. House of Lords, that the interests of the country were thoroughly well The health having been enthusiastically received, considered in that House. Two of the first debates he had heard in the House of und das were concerning the governmentos Indiatand the government of Preland in returning thanks, said that the Provincial Law Societies hoped that they Governors-General in India of Lords- Lieutenants of Irelated. hadle Said meest inclined to think from changes of the law that they were threatened with Anhesitatingly that the interests of this country were a considered these extinction, and to look upon this magnificent banquet in the light of a funeral Hoiche would justify any confidence which the countrysmithin repose in the year's e profitable work and to be usef'ww to their generation and to this
he was sorry