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A deputation of Freemasons was received by His Excellency the Governor this morning. Mr Bishop, chairman of the Canterbury branch of the Masonic Union, addressed His Excellency, urging that hiß influence might be given in furtherance of the grand lodge movement, and advancing various reasons why the consummation was much to be desired. Bros. Mitchell and Kayo also briefly addressed His Excellency on other points. Lord Onslow in reply expressed a strong hope that with further effort practical unanimity would be secured, and dwelt forcibly on the desirability that economic management in the future should enable the craft to bring into existence those philanthropic institutions which were an essential part of it. The reply was regarded as highly favorable. His Excellency accepted an invitation to attend a Masonic concert on hi 3 return from tho South.

The following further lotter, under date October 29, was addressed by the Central Executive to Lord Onslow :—" Your Excellency aud Brother,—We acknowledge receipt of your letter of October 16, in reply to our communication of September 14. We note with pleasure that your Excellency regards the movement towards the establishment of a grand lodge in this colony with favor, although you counsel delay with tho view of bringing about greater unanimity than at present exists. We also feel deeply grateful to your Excellency for the kind terms in which you Bpcak of the manner in which the movement has heretofore been conducted. We are most anxious to ensure practical unanimity, and our best hope of securing it rests in your Excellency's hands. Wc respectfully represent that a continuance of the present growing feeling of antagonism for another twelve months would scaicely tend in the direction of promoting unanimity; but, at the same time, we are fully prepared to respond to any approach on what may be termed the "other side" so as to avoid schism. We arc anxious to avoid schism in any degree, although not prepared to abandon all that at great labor and cost we have succeeded in doing, during the last eight months, towards promoting tho object in view. We are glad to say, however, that wo believe the expression of your Excellency's views has had a beneficial effect on both sides in tho present movement, and that there now exists borne probability of greater unanimity being arrived at within a comparatively limited period. Under these circumstances we have, with the consent of the majority of the signatories to tho declaration of September 11, resolved to suspend the operation of that declaration until after the meeting of district and provincial grand masters convened by the Very Worshipful District Grand Masters Bros. G. S. Graham and Sir H. A. Atkinson for January next. Wc trust that meeting will result in the establishment of practical unanimity in favor of the self-government of tho craft in this colony, and we confidently rely upon your Excellency to render your best assistance towards promoting this end."

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THE MASONIC UNION., Issue 8058, 7 November 1889

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THE MASONIC UNION. Issue 8058, 7 November 1889

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