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ELECTIONS.

CITY OF CHEISTCHtTECH.

The election of a iriember to serve in the next General Assembly for the City of Christchurch took place at the Town Hall, on Thursday, the 31st ult., at rioori. : l ■

. The Returning Officer having read the writ, and initiated the proceedings, Mr. John 'Cjucuoft Wilson was proposed by Mr. W. Wilson, and seconded by Mr. W. Thomson, as a fit and proper person to represent the constituency of Christchurch in the House of Representatives. ',■.'.' A' , r '

Mr. Moorhouse then proceeded to ask Mr. J. C. Wilson to inform the electors of his views on the four principal questions of the day, viz.: The. division of provinces;. the existing apportionment of provincial revenue; the maintenance of the present price of land in the province of Canterbury j and, the native war.

Iri'answer to the first question, Mr. Wilson said that in his opinion it could only be m a very extreme case that separation would be at all advisable. Touching the second, ho thought that no compact could rightly be broken without the distinct and clear assent of all parties thereto, so that he could not consider it right to upset the existing arrangement between the General and Provincial Governments touching the revenuesof the latter. As regarded any alteration in the price of land in this province, he could only say that he had himself been a land purchaser to some extent at the present rate, and that any reduction therein would be a direct injury to him. On the question of the native waiy ho thought that the treaty of Waitangi; which had conveyed a promise^ that the natives should be treated as British subjects, had been a mistake, as it was folly to talk of treating as a British subject a man, to serve a legal; process on whom it required a large military force. The treaty of Waitangi had never been carried out, and could never be until the Maoris were brought into subjection, and that would not be till after a considerable amount of blood letting. There being no other candidate, Mr. Cracroft Wilson was declared duly elected, and after a vote of thanks to the Returning .Officer, the meeting separated. There were about thirty persons present at the nomination, chiefly consisting of the most respectable class of residents in and around Christchurch. '■'AVON; •■'•.; Mr. Alfred Richard Creyke, candidate for the General Assembly, and Mr. Wm. Thomson, for the Provincial Council, were elected yesterday. Mr. Creyke proposed Mr. Thomson, and vice versd, Mr. Swinbourne seconded both. The Returning Officer declared them duly elected. No one else was present. .

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ELECTIONS., Lyttelton Times, Volume XV, Issue 859, 2 February 1861

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ELECTIONS. Lyttelton Times, Volume XV, Issue 859, 2 February 1861

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