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A History of the English Church in New Zealand

A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH IN NEW ZEALAND

To the RIGHT REVEREND WILLIAM LEONARD WILLIAMS, sometime Bishop of Waiapu.

THIS BOOK

is respectfully dedicated in memory of the eminent services rendered to the New Zealand Church by himself and others of his name.

[Illustration: REV. SAMUEL MARSDEN.]

A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH IN NEW ZEALAND

by

H. T. PURCHAS, M.A.

Vicar of Glenmark, N.Z. Canon of Christchurch Cathedral, and Examining Chaplain to the Bishop.

Author of "Bishop Harper and the Canterbury Settlement," "Johannine Problems and Modern Needs."

Simpson & Williams Limited Christchurch, N.Z. G. Robertson & Co. Propy. Ltd., Melbourne. Sampson Low & Co. Ltd., London. 1914

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_BY THE SAME AUTHOR_

Bishop Harper and the Canterbury Settlement.

_PRESS NOTICES_

Original Edition.

"We are glad to welcome this book. It has been very well written; it is interesting throughout; one's attention never flags; it is exactly what was wanted by churchmen, and should be on the book-shelf of every churchman in at least this Colony.... We simply advise every one of our readers to buy it and read it, and let their boys and girls read it too." _Auckland Church Gazette._

"One reads it as eagerly as though it were a novel." _N. Z. Guardian_ (Dunedin).

"Just the book to present to any young clergyman who wishes to have the life of an ideal pastor before him." _Nelson Diocesan Gazette._

"A valuable addition to our growing library of historical literature." _Lyttelton Times._

"In many respects the book is a model biography." _Evening Post_ (Wellington).

"A very valuable contribution to the early history of New Zealand.... Throws considerable light on the pioneering days in Canterbury." _The Outlook._

REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION

"To some extent re-written.... The additions considerably exceed the omissions.... Generally, in all respects in which the book is fuller it may be said to be more full of interest." _Guardian_ (England).

Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd. - Publishers

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PREFACE.

If asked why I took in hand a task of such difficulty and delicacy as that of writing a History of the Church in our Dominion, I can really find no more truthful answer than that of the schoolboy, "Please, Sir, I couldn't help it." From boyhood's days in the old country, when a copy of the Life of Marsden fell into my hands, I felt drawn to the subject; the reading of Selwyn's biography strengthened the attraction; the urging of friends in later years combined with my own inclinations; and thus the work was well on its way when the General Synod of 1913 committed it to my hands as a definite duty.


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