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TO the editor. Sir,—At the request of Mr Henry God f rey, I, along with Captain Thompson of the Underwriters' Association, went up to his houße in High street to give an opinion on some works of art he has prepared for the Exhibition. These were a model of the ship Philip Laing, which brought the first shipment, properly speaking, of the Otago settlers. Not being a judge of marine affairs my opinion of this model is not of much account; hut I can certify that having been on board the ship at Greenock in 1847, and having then as interest in the Otago Association, my impression is that the resemblance is

very good. The captain, however, after a ' most minute examination, found little to object to in every detail; indeed, he exEressed his surprise that one professing to e neither a sailor nor mechanic could have bo exactly carried out so complete a representation of a ship of her period. Mr Godfrey was Hot in the voyage to Otago, but sailed in her for nearly live years afterwards as cook and then steward, and had made himself quite familiar with every part of her. To contrast the hull and spars and rigging of this vessel, built over fifty years ago, with the models of those of the present day, which will also be on view, will be in itself a valuable lesson.

Another design which Mr Godfrey has completed is a bush hut of the early days [ and a modern farm dwelling, with the surroundings of both in the clearing alongside —also a striking picture to look at. Mrs Godfrey has also been busy in her preparations, having capital collections of ferns, lycopods, mosses, and sea flowers and shells, artistically arranged and neatly displayed in different sized frames. It may also be noted that the frames and cases for the different exhibits are Mr Godfrey's handiwork, Borne of them being finished about as well as the most proficient artisan could work out, and almost everything connected is of New Zealand growth or production. Pew private exhibitions will exceed this collection in interest.—l am, etc., Jamks M'lndoe.

Dunedin, October 22,

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MODELS FOR THE EXHIBITION., Issue 8044, 22 October 1889

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MODELS FOR THE EXHIBITION. Issue 8044, 22 October 1889

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