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The Lyttelton Times.

Wednesday, Dec. IS). On Tuesday at noon, a meeting of the electors of the town of Christchurch and of the Christchurch Country District, was held according to notice in the Market place, Christchurch, to elect members to represent them in the House of Representatives, in the General Assembly of New Zealand. Mr. C. C. Bowen, the returning officer, said that as it seemed to be the general wish of the candidates, he would commence business by proceeding to the election for the Country District. The writ having been read, Mr. C. Pcrcival proposed and Mr. .Parkinson seconded Mr. Ollivier as a fit and proper candidate ; Dr. Moore. M.P.C., proposed and Mr. Thomson, M.P.C., seconded Mr. D. A. Brittin; Mr. J. W. Russell proposed and Mr. Wilson seconded Mr. Crosbie Ward; Mr. Field proposed and Mr. C. W. Bishop seconded Mri J. Hall. The candidates then addressed the electors in the order in which they came before the public. A show of hands having been call"d for, the Returning Officer declared it lobe in favour of Messrs. Hall and Ollivier. A poll was demanded by Messrs. Ward and Brittin. The polling will take place on Thursday, the 20lh instant, at Christchurch, Lyttelton, aud Kaiapoi. The writ was then read for the election of a member to represent the town of Christchurch. Mr. Packer proposed and MivSW. Wilson seconded Mr. Sewell. as a fit and proper person to represent Christchurch. Mr. Sewell, in addressing the electors, stated his gratification for the unanimity with which he had been requested to defer his departure to England, and to represent the electors of Christchurch again. No other candidate coining forward, the Returning Officer declared Mr. Sewell to be duly elec'.ed to represent the town of Christchurch The day's proceedings thus terminated. We express no opinion as to the probable event ofthe election for the Country district. With respect to the Town Election, we again [congratulate the Electors of Christchurch and of the Province in having secured the services of a man who deservedly holds so high a political standing in the colony o New Zealand, and who is likely to do important service to this settlement in the adjustment of the Financial affairs of the Colony.

To the Editor of the Lyttelton Times. Archdeacon Mathias presents his compliments to the Editor of the Lyttelton Times, and will feel, much obliged by his publishing at an early opportunity, in his journal, .the subjoined letter from the Provincial Secretary. Sib,—l have the honor by direction of His Honor tbe Superintendent to acquaint you, that the Provincial Government have thought it right to bring under your notice the probability of the Educational Grant being withdrawn for the ensuing year, owing to the possibility of no funds, being at the disposal of the Government for that purpose. You are aware from the published statements of the public accounts, that, the ordinary Revenue of the Province falls short of the ordinary public expenditure, and that all the funds for Educational purposes have hitherto been supplied from the Land Fund ; but owing to the existing financial relations between the General and Provincial Governments and the impossibility of anticipating with any certainty in what position the Province may stand after the next meeting of the General Assembly in respect to the land fund ; taking also into consideration the peculiar nature of the fund itself, the Government are of cpinion that it would not be consistent with public faith, that any fixed and permanent engagements should be left outstanding which can only he met by a fund of so varying and uncertain a character. therefore, the Government do not at present finally determine not to propose a vote for Educational purposes to the Provincial Council next session, they think it right to communicate to you in time the possibility of their being unable to do so, in order that you may not be led upon expectations, which may not be rea-. lized, to make or continue engagements for the maintenance of schools under your superintendence, and in v-rder that (he Government may be enabled to receive from yourself and others interested in promoting Education in the province any suggestion for the establishment and maintenance of schools of some less, uncertain and fluctuntinglsource'of revenue than that by which they are atpresent maintained.

His Honor the Superintendent therefore desires that every publicity may be given to tins letter. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your very obedient servant, [ Joseph Brittan, Provincial Secretary. The Venerable Archdeacon Mathias.

The following*; petition to Her Majesty, together with oue to the Archbishop of Canterbury, has been handed to us for publication. A press of advertisements has comnelled us to postpone the address to ihe Archbishop of Canterbury till Saturday. To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. The Petition of the undersigned Church Property Trustees of the Province of Canterbury, New 'Lealand, and other Members of the United Church of England and Ireland, resident in, the said Province. Humbly Sheweth, — That the Canterbury Association for founding a Settlement, in New Zealand, in connexion with tbe Church of England, incorporated by your Majesty's Royal Letters Patent, bearing date November, 13ih, 1849, did publicly put forward the foundation of a bishopric as one of the most prominent features of their undertaking, uud as one of the first steps contemplated by them in order that the Church of England might be planted in its integrity in the new Settlement Iroui the commencement thereof; that your Majesty's principal Secretary of State for the Colonies assented to the establishment of such bishopric, only requiring from the «aid Association a sufficient guarantee that an income of nol less than £600 per annum would he provided by them for the fining support and maintenance of such bishop. That the public announcement of this intention and of the assent of your Majesty's Government thereto, formed a chief inducement to very many of your petitioners and others to adopt the Canterbury Settlement for their future home. That certain difficulties connected with tlie legal separation of the previously existing diocese of New Zealand inteivened, and prevented ihe immediate accomplishment of this design. That such difficulties were, however, removed by an Act of the 15ih and l(>ih years of your Majesty's reign, cap. SB, entituled an " Act to remove doubts as to the Constitution of the Bishopric of Christchurch, in New Zealand, and to enable her Majesty to constitute^ such Bishopric, aud to subdivide the diocese of New Zealand." That various delays and difficulties have since intervened to protract the settlement 'of the affairs of the Canterbury Association, and the transfer to some competent body of trustees in the colony, ofthe funds held by the said Association for ecclesiastical and educational purposes, and as forming part thereof the fund provided for tbesupport and maintenance of a Bishop. That however by an ordinance made and passed by the Superintendent of the Province of Canterbury, by and with the advice ofthe Provincial Council thereof, entituled tbe " Church Property Trust Ordinance " Sess. 11., No. 3, certain persons therein named and {their successors were made a Body Corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal by the style and title of the Church Property Trustees, and by the same Ordinance, the Canterbury Association and all persons holding in trust for th' m, were empowered to transfer and convey to the said Church Property Trustees all the real or personal property held by the said Association for Ecclesiastical and Educational purposes within the said settlement ; That the agent of the said association has accordingly transferred lb your Petitioners, the Church Properly Trustees, together with other Property for ecclesiastical and Educational purpose!*, the title to certain landed estates, situate within the Province of Canterhury,producing at the present time a net annual lic-ntai of more than six hundred Pounds (dEfo'OO), such estates to he held by tbe said Trustees, subject to a first charge thereupon of at least six hundred Pounds (£b'oO) per annum for 'the income of the bishopric of Christchurch. Your Petitioners therefore submit that.no impediment now exists to the immediate appointment aud consecration of a bishop, and they beg most earnestly to represent that the interests of ihe Church are suffering grievously from the delay, and that it is even doubtful whether, since the legal separation of the Diocese by the Act of tbe Imperial Parliament before recited,' ihe diocese of Christct.urch i g

under any Episcopal superintendance whateverUnder these circumstances your petitioners humbly beseech your Majesty to issue your Royal Mandate for the appointment mid consecration of a bishop of Christchurch, at a? early a period as may be connisleni, with your Royal pleasure ; and that your Majesty will be also graciously pleased to regard llie wishes nf your Petitioner*, so far as to appoint the Rev. Henry John Chitley Harper, M.A., Vicar of StratfieldMoitimer in the county of Berks, and Diocese of Oxford, and formerly Conduct of Eton College, to be the first Bishop of the see of Christchurch. And your Petitioners will ever pray, &c.

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The Lyttelton Times., Lyttelton Times, Volume V, Issue 327, 19 December 1855

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