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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20

[introduction]

The operations of your Committee have been somemwat hindered in consequence of the changes that have taken place in the Convenership of the Synod's Mission Committee during the past year; firtt, by the appointment of Mr. Kirkland in room of Dr. Copland, who had from the beginning of the mission scheme so ably filled the convenership; and, secondly, by the translation of the Rev. Mr. Kirkland to another Church.

By the transference of Mr. Blake from the Mission to the ordinary field of the Church's work, your Committee has been constrained to content itself with a somewhat circumscribed sphere of labour. No successor has been found to take Mr. Blake's place, and do the work that was done by him among the native population of the Province. All that the Committee have been able to do has been to continue the arrangement sanctioned by the Synod, of employing the native Bartholomew, who has rsgularly held divine service at the Heads. Your Committee would recommend to the Synod that the Dunedin Presbytery be instructed to make arrangements whereby Mr. Blake may be enabled to visit the Heads once a month.

Though unable in respect of the Maori Mission to report progress, your Committee have abundant cause for thankfulness to Almighty God in the continued success that has followed the Synod's operations in its other Mission fields.