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We publish to-day a second letter ask" ing us to devote space every Saturday to the publication of sermons or other religious matter, and many verbal requests of the same kind have been made to us. We are desirous as far as in us lies, to concede to all seasonable wishes on the part of our readers, but, being a public newspaper, our conduct would be open to criticism by those of our subscribers who are not protestants were we gratuitously to devote any portion of our space to the dissemination of the Gospel as read by any particular body of Christians. -We are prepared, however, to put a column or more of our space at the disposal of the Ministers of the Gospel in Ashburton, or of the Young Men’s Christian Association, provided that all responsibility of editorship in regard to the election of suitable sermons is taken from our shoulders, and that subscriptions be raised by the various religious bodies in town and country to defrq&the cost of publication. The publishers prepared to afford the required space at a merely nominal figure, and the matter now rests with those gentlemen who desire to see a sermon pub- ! lished every Saturday. In adopting the course wo have indicated above, we are !

only following the example of other papers in the Colony, in Australia, and at Home, who publish sermons in their Saturday issues. To initiate the movement, we would recommend that a committee comprising the clergymen of the district, and such members of the churches as have the people’s confidence should take into consideration the subject of - compiling suitable sermons and raising; (subscriptions —the publishers will be fotmd ready to meet them in a liberal spirit; .

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 2, 30 September 1879

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