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TO THE EDITOR. Sib,—Permit me through your columns to give the explanation which I was bo boisterously prevented from giving at yesterday's meetiDg of the above Presbytery. I may state that I had no intention of being present at all, and only attended because the person who forwarded the memorial was informed by the clerk of Presbytery that it would be proper for some one or more to bo in attendance in support of it. 1 accordingly attended as one of a deputation for that purpose. A very serious blunder was made in reading the names to the petition, and no one seemed to see it, or at least to understand how to rectify it. I rose simply to explain tho sequence of the signatures, but was refused a hearing. Tho impropriety of this refusal, not to speak of its meanness, is seen from the fact that, though Mr Will stumbled at the reading of the names, he deliberately put a construction upon the document which he must have known was absurd. Now all I wanted to say was: " Bead the signatures in the right-hand column first." This would have made the matter plain. I suppose, however, my offence was unpardonable. The fiev. Mr Cameron is evidently well posted up in church practice, I shall therefore thank him if he informs the memorialists as to how they could have appealed to the Synod in the matter of Mr Smith's motion. I know of no such way. Had there been a right of appeal, I, as one of the memoralists, would certainly have taken that course. The action of the Presbytery has been, as far as possible, to stifle complaint. Mr Borrie's ideas of " base insinuations " are original, outside a Presbytery at least. I suppose most persons against whom it is necessary to petition are ready to allege "base insinuations." Wc, however, were ready to give proof of our insinuations ; but that was exactly what Mr Borrie and othere did not want.

I am glad to see that in describing Mr Smith's conduct Mr Will stopped Bhort at " gentlemanly" ; he did not venture to say "Christian," "Gentlemanly" is as you

look at It { duelling,, at bne tithei was considered a gentlemanly pastime. Your readers will remember thtj Celebrated description bf a Russian, which they can apply fbr 1 themselves': "Scratch, oft the veneer aha you. will find a Tartar beneath." —lam, etc., J. Wood. ,t Dunedin, September 5.

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DUNEDIN PRESBYTERY., Issue 8006, 7 September 1889, Supplement

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DUNEDIN PRESBYTERY. Issue 8006, 7 September 1889, Supplement

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