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Reports of meetings on Māori Church matters, 1872-1888

Appendices. — A.—Letter of Introduction Given to the Bishop of Nelson

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A.—Letter of Introduction Given to the Bishop of Nelson.

To the Members of ihe Church of England, resident in the Islands of Fiji, Samoa, and the adjacent Islands of the Pacific

My Dear Brethren in Christ,

At a meeting held at Auckland in January last, at which were present all the Bishops of the Province of New Zealand, commonly called the Church of England, with the associated Bishop of Melanesia, and the Primate of Australia (then a visitor in New Zealand), a letter from His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury was laid before them, requesting their consideration of the expediency of making some provision for the episcopal supervision of the English congregations in Fiji, Samoa, and other adjacent islands, and it was resolved that an arrangement be made, if practicable, for the visit of these Islands prior to any arrangement being make for their permanent supervision, and that for this purpose they should be visited by one of the Bishops during this present year.

At a subsequent meeting, at the earnest request of his Brethren, the Right Rev. Andrew Burn Suter, Bishop of Nelson, undertook this visit, and on behalf of the Church of New Zealand, which by a resolution of its General Synod has expressed its thankful concurrence in this action of her Bishops, I now commend to your favourable acceptance and welcome our beloved Brother, and invite you to take counsel with him with a view to a more permanent arrangement for the ordering of the Church of which you are members and her ministrations among you. Assuring you of the deep interest taken by the Church or New Zealand in your spiritual welfare, and of her desire to assist your efforts in furthering it to the utmost of her ability,

I am, my dear Brethren,
Your Brother and Servant in Christ,

H. J. C. Christchurch,

Primate of the Church of the Province of New Zealand. Bishopscourt, Christchurch, New Zealand, August 2, 1886.