London, Printed by W. Clowes and Sons, 1835.
Octavo, 44 pages.
Original cloth (a little mottled), all edges gilt; three small holes in the inner margins where stab-sewn (as originally issued); a fine copy.
A rare item with the most exquisite provenance. This is a presentation copy, in what we take to be a presentation cloth binding, inscribed on the front flyleaf 'To Geo. F. Angas Esqre with Mr Manns respects'. Neatly folded over the cloth boards is a contemporary thick paper cover, signed and inscribed on the front panel 'George Fife Angas [written over his pencilled signature 'G.F. Angas']. On Thursday Sept. 10, 1835. Dinner given to Govr Hindmarsh at the Albion Tavern, Aldersgate Street, London. Report of Speeches &c'. Angas has also written on the spine, between a series of decorative inked double-rules, 'Report of Public Dinner. South Australia'. On the title page, after the words 'at a Dinner given', he has written in ink 'on Thursday Evening Sept. 10, 1835, at the Albion Tavern, Aldersgate Street'. On the evening in question, a 'very influential and highly respectable company, consisting of 110 gentlemen, sat down to an excellent dinner ... The Chair was taken by Colonel Torrens'. The report includes the various speeches, toasts and letters of congratulations, with the main ones being delivered by Torrens, Hindmarsh, and Angas himself. He had been called upon to propose a toast to 'The Welfare of the Aborigines of South Australia, and the Gentlemen who are forming Societies for their Protection and Benefit', and his significant contribution to the subject runs to four pages in fine print. The bulk of the report (24 pages) is given over to a rebuttal by Charles Mann of adverse claims about South Australia made in the July 1835 number of 'The Westminster Review'. His lengthy remarks were 'the substance of two Papers read before the South Australian Literary and Scientific Society' in the week before the dinner (on September 2 and 9). Charles Mann (1799-1860), was South Australia's first advocate-general; although he is not specifically listed as being at the dinner, doubtless he was present. Ferguson 1969.