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[from oub own correspondent.] One of the beat gatherings ever in this district took place on Friday evening last, the occasion being the presentation of an address and purse of sovereigns to Mr T. E. Tomlinson, the master of the Mount Somers School, prior to his leaving the district for Christchurch. On Mr Tomlinson’s departure becoming known it was decided by the School Committee and various friends to have a tea meeting and present him with a testimonial and address, in recognition of the many services he has rendered, and -as a token of the esteem in which he is held by all in the district. At a public meeting held recently at Mr John Hood’s hotel, an influential committee was appointed to carry out the wishes of the people of the district, and the inhabitants of Mount Somers and Alford Forest responded to the appeal in a very substantial manner, and the consequence was, as I have stated, one of the most successful meetings ever held here. In order to make the demonstration of esteem as general as possible, the members of the Presbyterian Church decided to hold their soiree in conjunction with the meeting got up by the Testimonial Fun i Committee, and so take advantage of the occasion to acknowledge the services Mr Tomlinson, and to testify to the esteem in which they are held by the adherents of the church in the district. The tables were sumptuously provided by Mesdaraes Harvey, Hood, Rutherford, Taylor, and Tomlinson, who were assisted in their endeavors to supply the wants of visitors by Mesdames M‘Limont, M'Eae, M'Leod, M'Gregor, Lambie, Patton, Miss Hicks, and others. After those present had done full justice to the good things provided, the tables were cleared, and the public meeting was held, Mr A. M'Farlane, being voted to the chair (in the absence of the Rev. Mr Westbrooke), and ably presided over the meeting, supported by Mr \V. H. Puddicombe (chairman of the Testimonial Fund Committee), and Mr T. E. Tomlinson. In opening the meeting, the Chairman briefly stated the object for which they had met, and regretted very much Mr Tomlinson’s departure from their midst, but was exceedingly gratified to see so many present at the meeting, and the beautiful things all laid out before them, all testifying to the general esteem in which Mr Tomlinson was held. Mr Puddicombe was then called upon to present the address and purse of sovereigns. In making the presentation, Mr Puddicombe said it was a most pleasing duty he had to perform, and referred to the undoubted,abilities of Mr Tomlinson as a teacher, stating that, having a large family attending the Mount Somers schpol, he could speak from experience, his boys having made great progress under Mr Tomlinson’s tuition during the short time they had been at the school. He regretted very much Mr Tomlinson’s departure, and could heartily endorse every word of the address. He felt sure that wherever Mr Tomlinson was located he would make a great many friends, as he himself was a very friendly gentlemen. He (the speaker) had always found him most obliging and ready and willing to do all he could for the benefit of those with whom he was surrounded. The following is a copy of the address :

To Mr T. E. Tomlinson. —Dear Sir— ln consequence of your removal from the Mount Somers School to the College at Chris! church, we, your friends in connection with the Mount Somers School Committee and district, feel that we cannot allow this opportunity to pass without showing in some way our full appreciation of your services during the two years and a half you have been in charge of the above school, and test hying to your zeal and ability as a teacher, and also as a promoter of the interests of the community in this district; and further beg your acceptance of this testimonial, together with the accompanying puree of sovereigns, believing as we do Jiat your labors amongst us have not been in vain, and with earnest wishes for your future welfare and prosperity, we have the honor to be your sincere friends. Signed on behalf of the subscribers, W. H. Puddicombe, Secretary of the Testimonial Fund Committee.—3oth June, 1881. The address, which was neatly framed, was very chaste, and was accompanied by a handsome purse containing twenty-eight sovereigns. Mr Tomlinson replied in a few wellchosen words, saying he felt it was one of the happiest moments of his life. He had always thought the people of Mount Somers very friendly, but never before thought he had made so many friends. Whenever he looked upon that address, which he felt sure he would often do, it would remind him of the happy past. He begged te tender a thousand thanks for the great kindness that they had showed to him ever since he had been in their midst.

The Chairman then rose on behalf of the Presbyterian Church Committee to present Mrs Tomlinson with a handsome silver teapot. He trusted she and her good husband would live long to enjoy the good tea he felt sure would be produced therefrom. Mr Tomlinson, on behalf of Mrs Tomlinson, thanked the Church Committee for the very handsome present; he assured them it would be ever treasured by them both, and the happy history therewith. The meeting was enlivened by various songs and recitations which were creditably rendered, especially the reading by Miss Stewart, of Ashburton, which received well-merited applause. Votes of thanks were then passed to the ladies and friends who had come forward, to the chairman, to Miss Stewart, the subscribers, and to all who had

helped in any other way. The chairman then proposed a vote of thanks to Mr W. H. Puddicombe for the energy that gentleman had put forth, and the very active part he had taken in the whole of the proceedings. The vote was carried amidst cheering.

The room was then cleared and the younger members of the community commenced the enjoyable dance, which was kept up until the small hours of the morning.

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PRESENTATION AT MOUNT SOMERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 392, 11 July 1881

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PRESENTATION AT MOUNT SOMERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 392, 11 July 1881