Presentations are common enough from a congregation to a pastor, but the one which took place last Sunday in Her Majesty's gaol at Lyttelton was one of a novel kind. It came from the prisoners of the gaol to the Rev. George Bond, Wesleyan minister, of which the following is a copy :— "To the Rev. Geo. Bond, from the members of his congregation in Lyttelton prison, 30th March. 1890. Dear Mr Bond, the members of your congregation here, on this, your last day amongst us, uuite in wishing you a regretful and affectionate farewell. We all part from you with sorrow, and.we will long remember you. There are none amongst us who have ever failed to markyourconstantand unvarying sympathy with us, and we feel that in parting from you we are losing a friend who will not be easily replaced. Nor can we lightly forget that for the three years you have been amongst us you - have preached the Gospel in a way that has ennobled and beautified our conceptions of it. Your manly and loving earnestness and attractive and often^ inspiring eloquence has made your stay amongst us one that will be surely remembered. We wish you farewell. We cannot do so in any impressive way, or we gladly would. We can but unite, as we do, in saying, as you have often said to us, 'God bless you.' — Approved — M. M. Cleary, Gaoler.,' The printing work was exceedingly neat and the whole was enframed in a choice selection of New Zealand woods, the work being done by the prisoners.—("Telegraph.")
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Novel Presentation., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890
Novel Presentation. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890
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