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WESLEYAN CHURCH.

' YALEDICTOBT MEETING.- ' ' Last evening the members and friends of the Wesleyan congregation met in Trinity Church 1 to bid farewell to the Eev Mr Smalley. Mr Stone, the senior circuit warden, occupied the , chair. . . ■ , The proceedings opened with prayer , and the singing of a hymn. • : The | Chairman then addressed the meeting. He commenced with relating' a dream of the late William Naylor, which he/ considered had some bearing oir the position of the Wesleyan Church in this district. Mr Naylor "dreamed, that he stood upon a platform, whence he could see' the past, the present, and ttie future. The past was dark, very dark ;" the present was thick and misty ; but the future was, light and bright. So it was "with their Churph. in this district — the past had been dark; -the present was somewhat misty, and the sky was not so clear as he might like, but the future was bright. There was a good time coming, but they need not depend upon the preacher to bring it about. There Would need to be more consecration to Christ. Mr Stone then referred ia feeling terms to the Rev. Mr Smalley and the work that had been done by ' him and his partner in life — Mrs Smalley. He was glad that the Conference would njot grant Mr Smalley's request to be allowed to go home. The colony could not lose such a man. He was gratffied that Mr Smalley, in leaving them,, was going to a good, district, and he was also pleased that this district had been able to get so able a man as the Rev; Mr Berry.. (Applause.) . " After ia song by two ladies', the Chairman presented to Mr Smalley the following address illuminated in gold and colors in medieval style, with scriptural illustrations, by Mr Percival Bear):-r. . "To i/te Rev. Joseph Smoult Smalley. "Dear sir^ ..,,.:' . . " On behalf of the members* congregation, and 'friends of Trinity Wesleyan Church, \ Cliye Square, we respectfully ask you to accept this testimonial of our affection and esteem. f "We acknowledge with heartfelt sincerity the many acts of kindness received from you during a period of three years as our pastor, spiritual adviser, and friend. "Your name will be ever associated with the origin of our church in Napier ; ever remembered by your congregation for | the liberality, zeal, and ,#iety, which characterised your religious teaching * and ever: cherished 'by the many who have ;experiencedl'tybur" urbanity, uniform good nature, and. sincerity.

" Tour career in this district has left ia ( is the fullest sense of your integrity and sterling worth," both 5 " ais a : ChtostiknT ninister, and as a man. .sVIn. the face of unusual difficulties, tig trection of our handsome and commolibus sanctuary, and the present general jfficiency'of the various departments of ;Ke church are alike mainly due to your in'tiring exertions. Z. 1 ' W# desire also to record our high appreciation of the Jabor. of Mrs Smalley in ■■■■* < the Sunday- school andthe Ghoir, as well 7 as d£ hei co-operation: With yourself' a** the pastorfil. work of the church. : / •■ - •- '■*■ J'ln making this acknowledgment of our' regarpl, we beg you will receive the ac-> companying present, permitting tis to ", - ," "1a<|d; an earnest hope that your future and ' thai for Mr* Smalley may: be prosperous i# and., happy, and that, you*., , ~\ • latfprs^ '■ "& ihe, causes of. Christ ..may '*){ be? at last, f e'wa'Med by an .abundant •'-.; entrance into the lifetlmtnorMl.... ck:,; <' ' " Napier, Hawkers Bay|Ne% Zealand. ' February 17, 1877?' : ~ ; ; •, , ... «: . The Chairntaii" also, presented^ ibr Mr •!* Smalley, ; for M-rs Smalley, a':iarge';album <_> filled! with". photographic views of New" Zealand 'stfener'y\" " ,j . . z h The Bey. ; Mr. Smalley. said- he'fw^s 'd unable to speak at any length, from the *I oppression 1 of feelings that Werfi incidental •<" to .Buch..an ! occasion^-'- 1 He" ; pegged «tcj : ' express hia thanks for the address",' aM fef the beautiful- present given ; to; C: Mrrf ; ' Smalley., He had .not .expected "to have , receiyed-such'a 'recognition;' Thje,tew'ara : f he "had looked fqr : was the sympathy the . co-operation, antf "the^edification',' of &$ « | congregation— in the gen'eralc;fiuc4es|^dlt £ r /his endeavors hetloo&ei'.fo.ETbjls. tejitatji&& Still, it was gratifyinVtS^inJ/^^l^S -;| 'sure it was also to MrsSmilley, to-ri(e^ 05 with such marks o£ their o:i worti and to ,find.that::it Hadcnot been 0i ■;^rerk| in vain. They mustfexcuse -his making his thanks brief, for their kindness G " had unnerved him • it was his nature 16 -- ; be braced up with r opposition, but i to be ""' disabled by kindness.-* Mr Satajley' then r gave! a brief, sketch of : r his ! rcarefe :'- --and -referred to' "the three j^yeafs ' he ha;d been in Napier as the happiest .of „" his life, and he felt sure that-they would " -always be so regarded. by him. 7 ?He then ■■■ expressed ;his high; appreciation of-the >• services rendered.by the office-beaters,, tp -, whose assistance and sympathy 'he . F wi's •much] indebted.. He had also ? t6 ; than* the community of thedistrictgerierally for the 4beral -assistance they were alwayi - r>adyL to give to religious or benevolent objects. He should go sway with if tKe J pleasing conviction that there were fetf 7 communities, so ' generous^ as that oi :. Hawkes' Bay. -A^me'etingi such :as;tiiat '' then being held touched tHeliearistrings. , v .He.:, looked . around him and he Tsasr '?, familiar" faces— some "he had" married, some the- : ha4 t christened, and the-Jriend* 3Dfcmany he ha"d buried. ..; He wasjnoved ..to'thitiktthat that ivas, their last ineetmgi I But pure friendship never died ; it might he separated, but never. lost.- - Be swW^ going from them>.bukthe link of : friend^ lI ship you\d still keep them joined 1 . 1 Mil them,; therefore, -strike a- more 'cheerfal '' note, and instead of regarain^tbe-partr „ ing, lettKem look' upwards, discirding J the carping acares of eartt, : ' aiid '!riie V above, the'cover of fine'dust'of caMand "' fear. \ Mr Smalley then ref erred.to 'ifo f!f , representatives .pf r o &« .phurchfis ; b>uig £- present, and' menjfipning, that his: parents £ .had been members ; of ', the » Episcopal ! ' Church, he said honored i that ;i and I ;j every, ChurcH.thM proved itself Ito /be 61 1 God. |If they were not to retrograde there must |be broader, teaching in the pulpit, 1 - : discarding all. those narrow views —that kept them back from holding the right * ;: hand iof fellowship '■• to. all.- ; It wasa 1 "• -cheering: fact that An these days; while ;- ;there: were less -of c the- formalities 6f cA 'superstition, there was an encouragemeiit . , given >to the of benevolence, anct ; ' to" the' sympathy that was of the- spirit of Christ; breaking down the forms'- that V* had been regarded as necessary for .salyar, ■h tion, and giving; their hand to the putcastj 7* the wanderer, the wayward, the sick, and ■> the destitute, . He irusted they » would ; give a hearty reception to the : Rev. Mr- • Berry; he.was an excellent preacher,-and ■ a warm-hearted, true man and friend. He rejoiced that the Church' and the ' town' ' had secured such a man. He hoped the congregation- would be lenient 1 to Mr ' Berry. 8 faults, and give him their best sympathy,- He implored the blessing' of " God oh all the Churches. He could; pee. already that thej-e was "an awaken-" /" ing, among, them, and it wouldgrow and extend so that more churches^ wouldlhave to be built. i'Theaccqmmodation they .had npyir, was quite insigqifi^\ ; cant to what woulabe required^for th^ -f i must remember- that there ! ; were. <many",; that did not go to'church, and'there were many tha.^. only^ent; pnceja/day.olt.hadi. been one-bf.His^jre^t teialartoisee so bad .an atj;endance~ at--"cfiurch -on Sunday - mornings. He fervently^ hoped L that «would 'be amen t dedlia.th©lfiit'ure,'anJ that-i' they would fjollqw the gqod, ; and admirftblel' 4 practice off' ■ fhe^Scbtch ; I?^ that) respqclt * Mr Smalley 'concluded amids^ muj?hvap" plause,! with fervently, blessing^thejoon-' r: gregat^on, and all the jOhurches a^d' their. .. ministers. „; ,• ". .";"•" „'V /"./, \,.',;^ ? itli ; '.ThejEeV "Mr Marshail then' ■'•briefly' addressed the meeting.;, i; He .spoke .in> ; highlyj eulogistic terms of ; Mr. and Mrs> Smalley, aad wished them God speed. : i Mr Ehodes was the next. speaker. He.. said that the chapel in which they stood. > testified to the good work of Mr Smalley, : . : and would remain a memorial of his in-!, def atigable exertions". ~A£ ter;,spme. other , * kindly refrencesto Mr. Smaileyjs labors,^ . and some similar remarks" respecting: Mr. I. Marshall and Mr Sbblnsbiij Mr'Bihodeg concluded with a hearty farewell greeting. ■ ■to Mr Smalley.. (Applause )"„ :j; • .£ „ .- ., t. . -^ ne P®T* S.. EQbinspn said, it was with sincere j regret" tliat he^parted .with 1 Mr Smalley,' and" he hoped he would succeed as well ! in.Chrißtcburch,as he had here.: 7 After referring to his indebtedness to. the writings of John /Mr Bobinson wished . Mr. Smalley* Gpd:speed,iand,exr pressed the hope to b.ejas friendly with Mr Smalley's ' as' he; had been : I with Mr Smalley.' / f . : : n .-•■'. ■- .* > Mr Davis having addressed the meeting, : :". •Mr Sroalley spoke in acknowledgment of the kindness he had met rwitb, ■ and ' ' announced that he would leave Napier, on .1 the f olldwing (this) day by the. afternoon train. He would be glad to receive any : one who wished, to see him before four o'clock,; and if they came ttf Christchurch they would find as hearty a welcome as in Napier. I He prayed God to bless them a 11..' •."..•:',-•■ The Chairman having again addressed, the meeting, ' . ■ : "''',, •Mr Knight suggested that some onp - should give expression. to the,. sentiments of the ladies of the congregation. -■'-' -7' ■-■'■ The Chairman accepted the suggestion, * and called upon Mr Rees. , Mr Rees delivered a very ■ eloquent '_ speech, and was greeted at the eonelariQaV • ' with grelat applause. J ••■-••- • Mr..Tuxmore spoke briefly in praise qV Mr and Mrs Smalley, and testified to. the excellent qualities of the! Eev. Joseph ; Berry. . --'■.■ : | The Doxology and the Benediction/ concluded the meeting, ''...... ?'

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WESLEYAN CHURCH., Hawkes Bay Herald, Volume XX, Issue 3860, 28 February 1877

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WESLEYAN CHURCH. Hawkes Bay Herald, Volume XX, Issue 3860, 28 February 1877

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