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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

At St. Paul's Church on Sunday the Ven. Archdeacon Edwards preached from Revelations iv, 8: "They rest not day and night, saying Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." The Archdeacon said inter alia in reference to the late pastor of Knox Church:—"I wish to say a few words about that striking figure that has passed away. Of course I refer to Dr Stuart. During the many years I have been in Dunedin I have been present at several public funerals which have been largely attended, but not one to be compared with his, when so many of all classes, rich and poor, high and low, were to be seen in the procession; and they were there not because they had been requested to attend, but because they were mourners indeed. Now, why was this? Because Dr Stuart had endeared himself to them by the many noble and Christian qualities that adorned his character. His whole life was spent, not only in doing good to the souls, but also to the bodies of men. He was ever ready to rejoice with those that rejoice, and weep with those that weep. As to his generosity, it was boundless. As I walked in that enormous procession that followed him to the grave, my thoughts reverted to a public funeral which left this church nearly five and twenty years ago—viz., that of Mr Patterson, an eminent civil engineer, who was drowned in a small stream near Oamaru. He was a member of the English Church. Mr Balfour, also a civil engineer (a shipmate of his from Scotland, where they had been schoolfellows and dear friends), hearing the news of Mr Patterson's death, was hurrying from Christchurch to attend the funeral when he too met the same fate, being drowned off Oamaru when landing from the steamer. His body, being recovered, was brought to Dunedin, and, being a leading member of Knox Church, [unclear: than] was a Presbyterian service, at which I was [unclear: prese] and at which Dr Stuart officiated before [unclear: star] for the cemetery. At the request of his [unclear: fris] I willingly consented to allow his body [unclear: to] by that of Mr Patterson. Dr Stuart accompanied me to the cemetery, where I [unclear: read] service at the grave. I mention this to [unclear: s] the large-hearted Christian liberality which marked the whole life of Dr Stuart. [unclear: lu] add that it is gratifying to me to [unclear: make] following quotation from the published [unclear: hi] of Knox Church:—'Archdeacon Edwar[unclear: ds] from first to last maintained the most [unclear: pleasent] and kindly relations with the minister and [unclear: gregation] of Knox Church, and has [unclear: o] manifested his sympathy by his [unclear: presen] among them on occasions both of rejoicing mourning.' Dr Stuart has gone to [unclear: that] remaineth to the people of God, and has left in the hearts of those that loved him memory that will never die."