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A DISTINGUISHED CLERIC.

[Special to the Star.]

WELLINGTON, June 28,

Dr M‘Gregor, of St. Cuthbcrt’s, who is on a visit to the colonies, and who left for the South yesterday, has preached and lectured here, and has won the admiration and friendship of all with whom he has come in contact. In a few hours after bis arrival he occupied the pulpit of St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday evening, many members of Parliament being present, and the church densely crowded. The sermon was a most powerful one. The doctor’s style is vigorous, and without any ostentation of scholarship, though it is impossible to listen to him without being struck with the acuteness of his intellect and strength. In conversation he has a quaintness of style that is very taking, and does not stand on stilts in the pulpit, but is as natural there as elsewhere. Some notion of bis freedom from conventionality may be inferred from a sentence or two in bis sermon. He said : “ When I want to know of the power of God in Nature I go to my friend Dr Macgregor here (referring to your late Professor of Mental and Moral Science), and to men like him; but when I want to know of the mercy and love of God (ho exclaimed in stirring tones) I come here,” and he struck the Bible with corresponding emphasis. Then, tco, throughout his sermon there was a spirit of hopefulness, of confidence, and of largehearted charity that was simply contagious. It would be difficult to convey a correct impression of the rev, doctor’s powers as a pulpit orator. As a lecturer he is equally successful, and there is a general and deep regrot that bis stay here was so brief. He hopes to reach Dunedin on Saturday even-

ing, and will probably be heard in First Church pulpit on Sabbath, and will lecture in Knox Church in the middle of the week.

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A DISTINGUISHED CLERIC., Issue 7945, 28 June 1889

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A DISTINGUISHED CLERIC. Issue 7945, 28 June 1889

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