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THE ENGLISH CHAIR.

TO THE EDITOR. Slß,—l know that according to etiquette any remarks on the letter of " M.F. " in today's «Otago Daily Times' ought to be addressed to that journal; but to be of any use they must appear to-night—hence my turning to you. The very visible and opportune animus of that letter will probably be its best anßwer. I have only to say that the attempt to class Mr Wilson as one to be measured by_ what he was twenty years ago is both unfair and absurd. We are not here out of the world of letters; and probably no one has been more diligent to keep himself au cow-ant in matters of English literature than the rector of' the Girls' High School. If the subject is a new one, Mr Wilson has been learning, and by means of the Press, which ia übiquitous, may be as well " posted " as if he had been sitting at the feet of Mr Gilray's oral preceptors. One word more. There may have been abundance of testimonials in favor of the Scottish candidate, but we have evidence in regard to his rival that wo cannot have regarding any man whom we have not seen or known. We should make no leap in the dark by accepting Mr Wilson, and should run no risk of disappointment. We cannot say the same in regard to his competitor. And why rush this business ? At least, let us have the mind of the full Synod, who are the ultimate judges. That we cannot have to-night.—l am, etc., ViqikANS. Dunedin, September 17.. '

TO THK EDITOR. Sir,—Your leader of to-night expresses, I am sure, the opinion of such of Mr Wilson's pupils as have continued their literary studies. Having been for five or six years one of his pupils, I can testify to his entire sympathy with the subject _ of English literature, and to his power of imparting his enthusiasm to others. Under his able direction English literature would flourish at Otago University as it has flourished at Canterbury. Grievous errors have been made in the past—let the Board of Trustees look well to their action —I am, etc., Graduate. Dunedin, September 16.

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THE ENGLISH CHAIR., Evening Star, Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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THE ENGLISH CHAIR. Evening Star, Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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