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THE PRIMACY

(Nspler "Dally Telegraph.") The Right Rev Henry J. O. Harper, Bishop of Ohrlatchmch, who resigned the c ffioe of Primate of New Zealand the other d«y, was born In 1807, and was appointed first BUh'.p of Chrlatohnroh In 1856 He had boen Primate elnoa 1869. The Bishop of Wellington, who baa been elected to the P.imaoy by the General Synod, wai bora m 1815, and though eight yean yonnger than Bishop Harper, is to all intents and purposes an old man. The Right Rev Ootavias Hadfield, Bishop of Wellington and Primate, «as educated at Chart it bouse and Oxford. He <^wm ordained, we learn from the "Otago Daily Times," doaoon la Sydney, and was the firat clergyman ever ordalaed In Australia. la the same year, 1838, Bishop Bronghton, Bishop of Australia, oame over to New Zaaland, when the Primate *as ordained priest, and wtl the fint clergyman ever ordained In New Zealand. It will thai be teen that last year Bishop. Hadfleld celebrated tbe jabllee of his ordination to the deaoonatt and priesthood. He was also the first bishop wl hln Har Majtsty's dominions oonseorated without letters patent from the Grown. In the early dtya of the oolony he suffered many hardships and dangers as a missionary to the Maoris, and Is one of tbe best Maori scholars In the country. Bishop Hadfield waa conBPorated Binhop of Wellington In the yeat 1870. Referring to his election to Primaoy lh> "Dunedin Star" conoelvss that a mistake has been made In passing over tbe Bishop of Nelson, not only the senior bat by far the most able prelate on . the New Zealand benoh, m favor of a Bishop who has a history, In regard to whloh as a qualification for the highest c ffioe In tne ohuroh there Is at least room for difference of opinion. It It 3 not to our purpose to disinter tbe past, and trace Bishop Hadfi aid's long career <n the North Island, bnt we cannot bat express surprise that tbe oonneotion of Hfs Lordship with the notorlons oase of Bryce v Rusden, and eipeolally the very trenchant remarks upon his evldenoe and oocduot by the presiding Judge, had not some loflaenoe with the members of tbe Synods It is unnecessary to refor to the particulars of the scandalous libels for whloh Rusden waa to heavily muloted, and we oannot forget, nor is It ever likely to be forgotten, that the defendant «a« In reality the soapegoat of f peraons Iq high positions, frbo esosped soot free, and who, for all that Is publloly knowo, left him to beat not only the odium of the oalumny but also the, pecuniary oonsequfanoas, ffhlob, notwithstanding Mr Bryoe'a foregoing the> damages, must have been very aerlou* indeed. Wbafc wd have said will, no doubt, be sufficient to Indtoate our line of thought m this matter; the publlo poialbly will be more outspoken. This mneb, however, we do affirm, and oar oonolasloa Is based on the stern logia of facts, thai the Synod In eleoting the Bishop of Wellington to the Primacy hsi committed a serious blunder."

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THE PRIMACY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2083, 9 March 1889

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THE PRIMACY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2083, 9 March 1889

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