A social gathering wan held m the Primitive Methodist Ohuroh on Tuesday evening for the purpose of bidding farewell to Mr Isaac Soott, who leaveß by the lonio for the Oid Country: There was a good attendance, the Ohurob beiDg niooiy filled, and muoh interest waß created when it beoamo known that Mr J. W. Maidens, of Lauriston, and Mr J. Tresize, of Allenton, were about to accompany Mr Soott on his journey. After the meeting had been opened by singing and prayer, Mr Joseph Lloyd was oalled upon to preside, and m his openiog remarks explained the objeot of the meeting, special mention being made of Mr Soott's name on acoount of his being likely to Bettle down with his friends m England. Short addresses were given expressing regret at losing Mr Soott, and esteem for his oharaoter, by Messrs G. Aston, G. P. Hoaten, t H. Grayburn, R. Alaorn, and E. Watkins, the latter gentleman presenting Mr Soott with a beautiful illuminated address whioh had been prepared by Mr G. W. Wade, lof Timaru. It reads as follows :—
To Mb Isaac Soott, Dear Brother, — Wo, the offioials, members, and friends of the Primitive Methodist Church, desire to give you some little token of our esteem ere you depart from ub on your trip to England. During the 14 years you have been conneoted with our Ohuroh you have endeared yourself to all by your uprightness, genuineness, and kindliness, and you have ever been ready to aseiat by your advioe and aotive co-operation every branoh of our work, inoluding both Ohuroh, Sunday Sobool, and Band of Hope. In private we have fouud you to be a true friend and brother— or shall we say father— and the many happy hours spent m your company will be long remembered by thoae who .have known you most intimately. Wo trust you will have a favorable and prosperous journey, and that your health may be improved by it, and we shall be very happy if you return and spend the remainder of your days m our midst, until you shall be called away to a brighter and better Home above.
With Christian love, We remain on behalf of the above, Jesae Boothroyd, Minister ; Joseph Lloyd, Oirouit Steward; William T. Lill, Sohool Superintendent; George Aston, President Band of Hope ; Edwin Walking, for looal preachers ; William C. Davis, for Ohoir. Ashburton, New Zealand, April 80th, 1889. Mr Scott suitably replied, referring to the good feeling whioh had existed between himself and the members and offioials of the Churoh, and his regret at having to sever suoh oloae and happy relationships. Refreshments were then handed round, and after the meeting had been resumed short addresses were given by Rev J» Booth* royd, and Meßßrs Lili, Maideus, Robinson, Parker, Allan, Trevurza, Davis, Bawle, and Andrews.
DuriDg the evening a number of pieoes vi bb rendered by the ohoir m good style ; the most successful items were "Beyond the swelling flood," " Meeting of tho loved ones," "We'll stand the storm," and "Good-bye brother."
The meeting was dosed m the usual way.
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