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A Good Bishop.

11l tho course of an appreciative review of Canon Curteis's ' Bishop Selwyn,' evidently written by someone an fait with all the facts of the good man's life, the ' St. James's Gazette' says :—" Bishop Selwyn was not the man to understand physical lassitude or moral languor. He began life with extraordinary muscular vigor. At Eton he waß always the man to pull the laboring oar, in the antediluvian seven-oared boat, which everybody else tried to avoid ; and his experience served him in good stead when he pulled in the first Oxford and Cambridge race in 1829. ' Selwyn's bush' i 3 still pointed out on a high bank of tho Thamee, for it is famous as the spot where he used to take a flying header over bush and bank. He could walk from Cambridge to London in thirteen hours without a break. All these active accomplishments came into full play when he was Bishop of New Zealand. The Governor observed that he did not see the good of a bishop ' when there are no roads for his lordship's carriage to drive on.' But he did not know his lordship. There was no carriage, but only a pair of legs and a twenty - ton schooner. On the former the bishop made his visitations inland walking, for instance, 140 miles from Wellington to Taranaki, or crossing the North Island from east to west, ovur swamps and rivers, wading or swimming, with a Maori for sole attendant carrying his gown and cassock in a bag. There was no hardship or danger that he did not court. And when he steered his little schooner among the reefs and shoals of the most treacherous sea in tho world, he displayed such consummate seamanship that a skipper said it almost made him a Christian and a churchman to see the bishop bring his schooner into harbor. He had no notion of ecclesiastical proprieties when work had to be done. He and his pupil, tho late Bishop Patteson, plunged into the sea at Auckland to pull out throe horses that were floated off with a cart, and called it the * first lesson in mud-larking.' And when he was made Bishop of Lichfield, in this decorous Old Mother Country of ours, he thought nothing of stopping to shovel an overturned load of coals into an old woman's cottage, or helping a shepherd boy to lift a sheep over a stream, or getting another bishop to cross hands and make a sedan chair to carry an invalid woman over a railway line."

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A Good Bishop., Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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A Good Bishop. Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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