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OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF SYNOD.

(Per favor of the, 'Evening Star.')

Fathers and Brethren,—ln absence from the Synod I take the liberty of addressing you in this manner about the appointment of committee on Confession of Faith. On Thursday, in consenting to unanimous adoption of Mr Finlayson's motion, I stated that it was essential that the Committee should now be a representative one. Accordingly the terms of Mr Finlayson's motion were changed from the form "reappoint the Committee " to the form " appoint a committee." Thisnewformof words was dictated by meand by Mr Ferguson at the same moment, when men were casting about for an expression to represent the Synod's avowed mind. This was with Mr Finlayson's cordial express consent. On behalf of those in favor of my motion, it was agreed, in conference with him, to propose to the Synod that members of'this Committee should be elected by presbyteries in a manner familiar to our practice. It was agreed at that conference that the convener of this Committee should now be an outstanding man, representative of the whole church; and the two men who were spoken of as having this qualification were, the Moderator officially, and Dr Stuart personally. In seconding Mr Finlayson's motion, on Friday evening, for an election of members of committee by presbyteries, I said, that in the fame line, of making tho Committee manifestly representative, the Synod might directly elect the clerks of presbyteries, the clerk of Synod, and the law adviser of the church to be in the Committee along with those elected by ' presbyteries. That motion was rejected on Friday evening by what we will call an accident; those in favor of the defeated proposal—to send the U.P. Act to presbyteries and sessionsbeing present in apparently organised force, while those representing the prevalent mind of the Synod were dispersed, some gone off to their homes in the country, all in the confidence of an honorable understanding, or, one might say, of a brotherly covenant, entered into with a solemn Synodical thanksfiving to God for the peace into which he ad brought us. 1 I now appeal to the Christian honor of all members, of Synod, claiming that every memoei'Who trtfl"in Synod on Thursday is bound as a gentleman and in covenant faithfulness to see to it—(l) As to purpose, that this Committee be made a really repre-

Bentative one. (2) As to process of election, that no man be recognised as having a special claim to be put on this Committee on account of his having been in the past year's Committee whose one proposal has been rejected by the Synod. Ordinarily a committee would consist of those concurring in that rejection. The parti have taken on this occasion is not of my seeking. Personally, I wished to be absent from the present Synod, but I deferred to strong representations from various quarters, perceiving that my absence might be construed as the result of shrinking from personal pain and toil. This is my apology for the liberty I take in thus addressing you. A sudden pathetic call of pastoral duty confirms my purpose not to go back to tho Synod this week.—l am, etc., James Macgbkgor. Oamaru, November 4.

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OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF SYNOD., Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF SYNOD. Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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