ELEOTION OF PRIMATE.
(PBE PBK63 ABSOOIAriOir.)
Dunbdin, February 26.
At the Anglican General Synod the Rev. Mr Fitohett moved that the customary fees for marriage licenses be dispensed with. He laid that statistics obtained from the Registrar-General showed that for 1887 there were 3665 marriages for the colony, of which 2737 were solemnized by ministers and 828 by Registrars. Though the Ohnroh of £< gland population was 229,757, and the Presbyterian 130.000, yet the Presbyterian ministers soiemnlzad 873 marriages to 770 by the Oho rob of England, The motion was negatived after disonsslon. A vote of thanks was passed to the Bishop of Nelson for his services as clerical Seorelary to the Board of Theological Studies, A Select Committee was appointed to consider matters contained m a petition from the parishioners of St. John's, Roslyn, as to disputes there In conneotlon with alleged rltuallstio praotloes, The Synod this eveolog proceeded to the eleotion of a Primate to snceeed BUhop Harper on his resignation. There was no nomination, and no speaking except to the question, shall the vote be now taken 1 After half-an*hour occupied m voting, the scrutineers reported no eleotion. After discussion, the Synod resolved to disclose the names and numbers. It appeared that the voting was as follows : — Bishop of Kelson : Bishops, 3 ; clergy, 5 ; laity 12. Bishop of Wellington : Bishops, 3 ; olergy 11 ; laity, 5. Bishop of Auokland : Bishop, 1; olergy, 3 ; laity, 6. Bishop of Duuedin : Clergy, 1.
Tbe voting was again taken, the result being : -—Wellington : Bishops 5 ; olergy, 13 ; lafty, 9. Nelson : Bishops, 2 ; clergy, 6; laity, 13. Auckland: Clergy, 1; laity, 1. The third and final ballot was as follows: —Wellington : Biahopa, 4 ; olergy, 13 ; laity, 14. Nelson : Bishops, 2 ; olergy, 7; laity, 9. Auokland : Bishop 1,
The result was therefore that the Bishop of Wellington was efeoted Primate by a majority of all orders. The Primateelect made a short addrets,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889
ANGLICAN SYNOD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889
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