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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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ANGLICAN SYNOD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889

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ANGLICAN SYNOD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889

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