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CHRISTCHURCH.

POST OFFICE NOTICE. Mails per Lord Woraley, for England, India, tLe Australian Colonies and Northern Ports of New Zealand, will close on Friday the 6th September, at Lyttelton at 5 p.m., and at Chrietchurch st 3 p.m. Late letters can be posted at Christchurch untd 6 p.m. on the same day, and at Lyttelton until 9 a.m. on the 7th September, upon the payment of an extra sixpence in stamps on eac i etter. WRIGHT, Postmaster. The nomination of the Superintendent, and of tha Representatives in Council for the City of Christchurch, took place in front of the Town Hall yesterday at 12 o'clock. Mr. Ollivier proposed Mr. Moorhouse as a fit and proper person to be Superintendent of Canterbury. Mr. Waitt seconded the nomination. No one else having been proposed, Mr Moorhouse was declared duly elected. Mr. Moorhouse in a short speech thanked the electors for the honour which they had conferred upon him In referring to the new powers conferred upon the Council by the Provincial Audit Act, Mr. M. declared that be should be ready to bow to the will of the Council. If the Council should differ materially with him he should at once retire into private life.

In answer to a question from one of the electors, Mr. M. said that he had hastened the dissolution of the Council in order that the Appropriation Bill for the ensuing year might come before the new Council. Mr. Ross asked whether the report was true that Mr. Moorhouse was aware before going to Auckland that Messrs. Smith and Knight intended to decline the Railway Contract. He (Mr. Ross) had asserted that this was the case, before the existence of'The Press' newspaper, on the authority of Mr. Baines himself. Mr. Baines's expression was "We told His Honor that we should decline the contract. His Honor said, Do not do so now. It will interfere with my passing the Bill in Auckland." Mr. Moorhouse replied that he could show that it was impossible for Mr. Baines to have said so. On his return from Auckland he had given an entertainment at which he had explained the course which he had taken with regard to the Railway. On that occasion he had pricked Messrs. Smith and Knight very hard upon the subject of their having declined the contract. Mr. Baines could then have disclosed anything which he knew, to his (Mr. Moorhouse's») disadvantage. He declared upon his honour that until after his return from Auckland, just before that entertainment, he had had no notice official or un-official of the disclaiming of the Contract. What had occurred before his going to Auckland was this. Mr. Baines, in the presence of himself and two of the Executive Council, had produced a specimen of the rock, and stated that if it was all like that specimen the contractors would require an advance on the original price. To which he (Mr. Moorhouse) had replied that they should not get one sixpence beyond the original contract. Mr. Ross said that Mr. Baines had told him before the breakfast took place, and therefore he had not attended on that occasion.

The Returning Officer read the writs for the return of four members for the City of Christchurch. Mr. J. Bealey nominated, and Mr. E. Mincliin seconded the nomination of Capt. Westenra. Mr. S. Bealey nominated, and Major Hornbrook seconded, Mr. Joseph Brittan. Mr. W. Wilson nominated Mr. J. C. Wilson, Mr. E. J. Wakefield seconded the nomination. Mr. E. B. Bishop nominated, and Mr. J. Ollivier seconded Mr. Isaac Luck. Mr. Rowland Davis proposed, and Mr. J. Rowley seconded Mr. W. D. Barnard. Mr. W. Wilson nominated, and Mr. Alport seconded Mr. G. Willmer. Mr. R. Packer (who was received with hearty cheers) proposed, and Mr. J. Anderson seconded Mr. F. Thompson. Mr. Wakeßeld nominated, and Mr. Buxton seconded Mr. R. Taylor. Mr. G. Allen nominated, and Mr. Willis seconded Mr. Reeee. , Mr. J Ollivier proposed, and Mr. R. Waitt seconded, Mr. I. T. Cookson. The Returning Officer called fora show of hands, when the following candidates were declared to have the majority, Messrs. Cookson. Thompson, Brittan, and Recce. A poll was demanded, and appointed to take place to-day at 9 o'clock a.m., poll to close at 4 o'clock p.m. The several candidates then came forward to address the meeting, and the proceedings terminated.

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CHRISTCHURCH., Press, Volume I, Issue 15, 31 August 1861

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