A special meeting of the German Church Committee was held on Saturday last at Barrett's Hotel. There was a good attendance.
The following letter of thanks to Prince Bismarck was brought up and approved by the meeting, Mr Nees being requested to write it on behalf of the committee :—
" German Protestant Church Union, " Christchurch, New Zealand, " May 2, 1873
" Sir, —We have been informed by the Imperial Consul here that the War Minister, in reply to our respectful application of the 26th September last, has graciously placed for the use of the German Union in Christchurch fifteen or twenty cwt of gun metal, to be cast into bells, the cost of casting and transit to New Zealand to be paid by us.
" Permit mc, by the request of the German Protestant Church committee in Chrietchnrcb, to thank your Excellency and the brave warriors of our Fatherland for your magnificent gift, which will be to us and our successors an everlasting memorial.
" The sound of the bells cast from the cannons taken from the French in the glo-
nous defence of our Fatherland, will our own and our children's hearts raise with love and admiration for our birthplace, and that we may pray for happiness and long life for our most gracious Imperial Kaiser, and Family, and may God Almighty add longevity amongst other blessings upon this earth to God, so that you may long enjoy the laurels so gallantly won.
"We beg your Excellency will hand this, your uoble present, to our President, Mr J. G. Ruddenklau, wl o is at present in Germany, and he will attend to all necessary arrangements. " I beg to remain, M Your Excellency's most humble '• and obeoie it servant, '• li. G. 0. Sees, " Possessor of the Royal Hohenzollern Medal of Merit, Royal Artillery and Engineer, Berlin. '• His Excellency the Lord High Chan- " cellor of the German Empire, " Berlin." It was resolved that a ote of thaoks be
recorded to the Imperial Consul at Christchurch, Mr liassal, aud that a letter be written to Mr J. G. Uuddenklau, the lato President with a request that he will act for the committee at home.
The secretary, Mr A. Thiele, was requested t<> insure the church.
The meeting theu adjourned
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GERMAN CHURCH., Press, Volume XXI, Issue 2435, 26 May 1873
GERMAN CHURCH. Press, Volume XXI, Issue 2435, 26 May 1873
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