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The following extracts (says the ' Press 1 ) from a letter which has been received from Archdeacon JuHub by the Very Rev. the Dean of Christchurch will be read with geseral interest. Writing under date Ballarat, October 18th, the Archdeacon says : I received your three kind letters on my return from a tour in the Archdeaconry. As my movements were uncertain, I was unwilling to have the letters forwarded to me; hence some delay in my answer. My telegram has already conveyed to you my acceptance of my nomination by the Synod to the bishopric of Christchurch. My answer was very brief, and, indeed, there is no need of many words ; this is to me a time rather of thought and prayer than of speech. You will understand, dear Mr Dean, without my saying much about it, how profoundly thankful I am for the unanimity of the election and for the confidence reposed in me by so many to whom I am a stranger. How great encouragement and comfort this will give me at the very outset of my work, and yet, cm the other hand, how it deepens my sense of responsibility and of my personal unworthiness of so high a place in the Church of God, and my fear that I cannot adequately fulfil the duties of so great an office.

I can bnt assure you, dear Mr Dean, and the clergy and the laity, that I will endeavor, by the help of God, faithfully to discharge the sacred duties which devolve upon me, humbly desiring, as I do now with all my heart, the prayers of the church for tho blessing of God in my behalf. Pending the decision of the General Synod in respect of the. Primacy, and in order to avoid delay, I enclose to you my written declaration of assent to the constitution of the Church of the Province of New Zealand, requesting that you will be kind enough to forward the same to the Primate or the Senior Bishop as the case may be. As to the time of my consecration, the date fixed by the bishop for his retirement isquite convenient to me ; but as the consecration must take place on a Sunday or holy day, I presume that Sunday, April 13, will be the most suitable. If the failing health of the bishop requires an earlier retirement, I might be able to come in February. Earlier than this it would be impossible for me to leave my charge, and to make necessary preparation. I am glad to learn that the clergy and laity of the diocese are generally averse from my paying a preliminary visit to Christchurch. This entirely accords with my own feelings on the subject. Indeed, it would be difficult for me to make such a visit even were it advisable, and I am satisfied that, by the kindly promised help of yourself and others, the choice of a house can be made in my absence.

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THE BISHOP ELECT OF CHRISTCHURCH., Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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THE BISHOP ELECT OF CHRISTCHURCH. Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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