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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20

Session X

Session X.

The Synod met and was constituted. The Moderator in the chair.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and sustained.

Mr. Todd gave notice that he would move, "That in view of the desirability of the nature of the business coming before the Synod being known by the members as early as possible, and for the better conducting of the same, all overtures, petitions, reports, etc., be transmitted to the Synod Clerk, care of Mr. E. Smith, General Treasurer, not later than the Monday preceding the meeting of Synod, and that the following committee be appointed to print the same so as to have all papers on the table of the Synod the first day of meeting, viz.—The City ministers and representative elders, with the Synod Clerk; the Clerk to be convener."

In terms of resolution of forenoon sederunt, the Synod met in conference in private, to consider report of committee on the state of religion. The report having been read, and the convener heard in support of the same, it was resolved to adjourn the further consideration of the report, and to meet in private at sederunt of tomorrow forenoon for deliverance upon the report.

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Remit, from the Presbytery of Dunedin, anent the employment of students, etc., was read and laid on the table. After lengthened deliberation, it was resolved to send it down to presbyteries for further consideration, and to report to next meeting of Synod.

It was agreed, that in the event of a congregation receiving a minister from home, said congregation shall pay at least one-fifth of the passage money, which may be paid in two annual instalments.

Adjourned, to meet in this place tomorrow at 11 o'clock a.m., when the Syned resolved to meet in private.

Closed with prayer.