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West Coast Times. FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1878,

A full public meetiug called together to hear Mr Button, one of our members, express his views on matters political, last night arrived at such a decision, and passed such a resolution, that Mr Button has no option but to resign his seat. There is no doubt that a large majority of the electors regret this necessity, and therefore the mover and supporters of the amendment were expounders of the views of the constituency when they affirmed that for political and not personal reasons, they thought it would be well for Mr Button to give place to a supporter of Sir Q-eorge Grey, for that was really the meaning of Mr Chesney's amendment, which was carried by a considerable majority. We are still, of opinion that it would have been wiser had Mr Bui ton resigned his seat directly, instead of indirectly. He expressed his views so strongly, and showed so unmifctakeable a determination to oppose Sir G-. Grey's Ministry, that he left the meeting no option but to carry the amendment. We suspect that Mr Button is better pleased at the result, than are a goodly number of the electors. If he really wished to keep his seat, we believe he could have done so even without sacrificing his political constancy and opinions. But he ran so counter to what he knew was the present political faith of the majority of his hearers that he could not have been surprised at the result. The fact seems to us that Mr Button wished to resign. He has resigned, but iv a peculiar fashion. It would, we think, have been pleasanter for both represented and representative, if he had simply done what other gentlemen do when they find legislative duties irksome. He might have accepted the Chiltern Hundreds with a little less fuss. Still it must be confessed that his resignation is a loss to the constituency, is generally regretted, and that his place in the House will not be easily filled. Our hope now is that the constituency may be able to secure as good a representative as Mr Button.

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West Coast Times. FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1878,, West Coast Times, Issue 2846, 17 May 1878

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West Coast Times. FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1878, West Coast Times, Issue 2846, 17 May 1878

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