Ottawa Citizen, 23 April 1867, page 2
The Penny Reading last night, at New Edinburgh, was largely attended, fully two hundred and fifty persons being present. The room was crowded almost to suffocation, and the speakers must have found great difficulty in enunciating distinctly. The principal feature in the entertainment was, of course, Carroll Ryan’s reading. Although labouring under some disadvantages in the small size and heat of the room, his performance was met unbounded, and well-merited applause. The penny readings have hitherto been most successful, and the people of Ottawa would do well to take pattern from their enterprising East-enders.