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1 li re was a large gathering of representative business men at the Otago Club this afternoon to formally say good-bye to Mr J. F. Harper, for seme time interim manager of the Bank of New Zealand at Dunedin; who is leaving for Invercargill to take the position of manager of that branch. Mr J. Bosh (Sargood, Son, and Erven), in making tho pieecntation, said: Gentlemen, we have met here this afternoon for tho purpesi of bidding a formal good-bye and Go ’-spe d to our worthy friend Mr Harper, the intimation of whose transference to the management of the bank’s branch at Invercargill has been received by his friends In Dunedin with mingled feelings of gratification and regret; tho former because of bis preferment to the important position be ir now appointed to, and the" latter from our losing one wno during his stay in our midst has, by his uniform courtesy and kindhearted disposition, made many frierds both commercially and socially. It was therefore felt that we could not allow him to take his departure without giving some expression cf the high estimation and esteem entertained for him, at well as some tangible token thereof. The very hearty and cordial manmr in which this proposition was received is sufficient evidence that had further time b.en at our disposal this meeting would have been a more r. presentative or e ; in fact, many wo know cf will be much disappointed in not having had the opportunity of joining with us, as in Mr Harper’s business capacity his many exoallent qualities have gained him the respect of all Who have had tho pleasure of coming in contact with him ; in fact, I may say that ho possesses in a maikcd degree what is of immense importance to a man of business, and especially a banker —the happy knack if doing pleasantly what in many cases are deemed unpleasant duties; and further, I feel sure that you will agree with me that in every respect Mr Harper has provid himself a thorough gentleman, a good citizen, and a capable man of business. In his new eptere o' action we are confident that he will give every satisfaction and quickly secure the esteem of the good citizens of Invercargill. It is needless for me to further eulogise our friend’s many good qualities, which are done better justice to in the address just handed to me, which will bo engrossed and signed by all those interested, and afterwards forwarded to him. I have now the pleasure, Mr Harper, of handing you this purse of sovereigns, which it was thought best to leave to yourself to got something appropriate with, as time would not permit cf our doing to. I have also to hand you thi< bracelet for Mis Harper, who in her own sphere of action is equally respected with yourself,; and would just finally assure you that you bath carry with you the good wishes of all for your future welfare, happine-s, and sucees -. The address read as follows: - Dunedin, August 10. Dear sir,—Hearing that you are about to leave this town lor luvorca cill, wo cannot allow yi u to go without expressing the sincere regrot which we, as friencli of yours, who have been intimately associated with you in business and oihotwDo during your icn yea's’ residence in Dunedin, foci at losing you During vour residence here you have acted as one of the principal officers of the Bank of New Zealand, wi-h great credit tn (hat institution and yourself, end have earned the goodwill and respect (f its curiomcrn, and gained many friends. Wo arc sure that your sterling character and straightforward businesr ways wi 1 ensure your success in your new position ai mar.agrr of Ihrt bmk at Invercargill. Asa mark cf our esteem and good fellowthip, wo would ark you to accept the accompanying present, which tho short notico wo have bad of your intended departure alone prevents from better. [Here fcl'owed a large number rf signatures of the bark’s cuttomers and prirata friends. |

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PRESENTATION., Evening Star, Issue 7987, 16 August 1889

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PRESENTATION. Evening Star, Issue 7987, 16 August 1889