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Last evening upwards of 400 persons connoctod with St John's Church, Ashfield, ass rubied in the Ashfield School of Arts for tho dual purposo of bidding farewell

to the Rev Dr J C Corlotto who ha» for a tim.,

undertaken the precentorsbip of Goulburn Cathedral, and of formally welcoming the Rev W Hough, of Randwick, to the position of locum tcnen* lho building was gai I v decorated with bunting, pro- minent amongst which wore the mottoes " God-speed " and " Wele »me " Amongst many other clergvmen pre- sent were the Revs John Auld, M A (Presbyterian), Canon Morton, C Saber, John Vaughan, G Mao- arthur, and H Dunlop Mr G W Rowsell occupied the chair, and on behalf of the churchwardens and parochial council addressed a few words upon the losa the diocese would sUBtam bv the removal of Dr Corlette. Mr W Rogers, as a churchwarden, reviewed the progress made in the parish during Dr Corlette'» ministry Mr Russell trusted that the reverend gentleman would be enabled to effect a settle- ment of the long-standing church disputo at Goul- burn, and on behalf of the congregation tendered a hearty welcome to Mr Hough Dr Corlette was cordiallv received, and returned thanks m feeling terms He recognised many shortcomings in his ministrations, and at times these had occasioned auxtou» thoughts, still, be took a delight in the work of the great Master

(Hear, hoar ) He had laboured in that sphere for over 30 years, and during that time there had been an im- mense increase in the population, no less than fiv e parishes bad bom formed out of the original He thanked them most heartily, and hoped to return to his parish to resume in an invigorated way his parochial duties The Rev. Mr Hough was also cordially received He would not make many promises (laughter)-hut would endeavour to do his dutv-(ap- plause)-and to that end would put forth his best endeavours, and would give the services of a Christian man and a Christian priest He would, however, re- mind them of the need of mutual aympathv, which waa conduoivo to thorough Christian spirit Ho thanked tbem for the welcome which had that night been ex- tended to his wifo and himself. (Applause ) The company then resumed social amusements, and at a later stage the members of the choir met Dr Corlette and presented him with a handsomely illuminated address, in token of the interest shown by him in the work of psalmody Dr. Corlotto briefly acknowledged the sentiments expressed in tho address.

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