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Sir, —Kindly give space in your columns to point out to your readers that the heading of your report of Synod stating that union was carried on the first vote taken by a majority of thirty-Bix is apt to convey a wroDg impression. What was carried by a majority of thirty-six was only a motion to oonsider the articles of the proposed basis analogous to a motion for the first reading or introduction of a Bill into Parliament Apart from the Union Committee's defeat oh the first article of the doctrinal basis, the whole crux of the question is the retention or destruction of the Otago Synod as an ecclesiastical court. The unionists' majority on that motion went down from thirty-six to ten, the figures being 50 for its destruction and 40 against, solid and resolute! Further articles have to be considered, and. the " third reading" carried, when the result will speak for itself—l am, etc, R. R. M. Sutherland. Dunedin, Ootober 30, [With reference to the latter portion of our correspondent's letter, it is only fair to say that, though the unionists' inajority went down to ten, the anti-unionists show no inoreaae in number, and it is only reasonable to assume that the deoreasa in the sifce of the Vote was caused by the absence froni the Synod at the time the, vote was taken of. many members that arestaunohunioniata, and who would have supported motion. Mr Sutherland is wrong when'he says the unionists were defeated on the first artible in the basis of union. Mr Gibb agreed to accept Mr Cumming's amendment, but was prevented from so doing by the Rev. Mr FinhjysoD, who objected. The unionists almost without exception voted for Mr Cumming's amendment.—Ed. E.S.]

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PRESBYTERIAN UNION., Issue 10458, 30 October 1897

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PRESBYTERIAN UNION. Issue 10458, 30 October 1897

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