Reading has given a cordial welcome to the Royal Agricultural Society, whose show opened in that town on Monday. The entries of live stock were numerous, and there was a good display of implements.
The annual meeting of the society was held on Tuesday afternoon in a large marquee—Mr. Dent, president of the society, being in the chair. There were present the Duke of Richmond, the Duke of Buccleuch, Lord Feversham, Lord Moreton, M.P., Colonel Kingscote, M.P., Mr. Duckham, M.P., Lord Vernon, the Earl of Lathom, Sir John Swinburne, and a large number of tenant farmers. In recounting the departments of the council's work Mr. Dent referred, amid cheers, to the chemical investigations of the society, and to the labours of their newly appointed lady entomologist, Miss Ormerod, to whom they were indebted for most valuable researches into the nature and habits of the various insect pests that are among the worst foes of agriculture. The Duke of Richmond and Gordon was appointed president for the corning year, when the annual show and meeting will be held at York.
Great preparations were made to give the Prince of Wales a hearty welcome on Wednesday, and all the main thoroughfares were gay with flags and banners. His Royal Highness was received at the railway station by Mr. Dent, chairman of the society; Colonel Kingscote; Mr. Shaw Lefevre, M.P.; and Mr. Palmer, M.P.; and the Mayor and Corporation. The Mayor handed an address of welcome to his Royal Highness, who returned a short written reply, and drove; to the show, loudly cheered by the crowd who had assembled along the road.
Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2254—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, July 15, 1882, p.62