Cox, Alice Fanny and Rev G D Cox

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Cox, Alice Fanny and Rev G D Cox.

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REv G. D. Cox was a Baptist Minister reports in papers of the time

In 1893 he was Chair of the Baptist Union of New Zealand

FAREWELL TO THE REV. G. D. COX. Hawke's Bay Herald, 7 September 1899, Page 4
The Baptist Church was crowded to excess last night, the gathering being for the purpose of taking farewell to the Rev. G. D. Cox, on his removal to Oamaru. In the unavoidable absence of Mr M. Lascelles the chair was occupied by Mr Roy. A letter of apology was read from Bean Hovell, who expressed hi§ regret at the departure of such a faithful and able minister from Napier. After prayer by the Rev. H. W. Miller, the Chairman briefly addressed the meeting, on behalf of the congregation bearing testimony of the faithful ministrations of Mr Cox, and the active part taken in the affairs of the church by Mrs Cos. The Rev. J. A.-Asher, as representing St. Paul's congregation, expressed regret at the departure of Mr Cox. Not long since he (Mr ABher) was in a similar position, and was consoled by being told that Napier was the wickedest town in New Zealand - a character which he had happily found to be a calumny. He knew a good deal about Oamaru and the churches there, and he could assure Mr Cox that he would find a very active spiritual life there. Personally he was very sorry that Mr Cox was leaving Napier, but ho would find in Oamaru another St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, which would welcome him as sincerely as he had always been welcomed at St. Paul's in Napier. Mr Eice, as representing the Christian Endeavor Society connected with the church, said that thoug-h the parting with Mr Cox and his family was a cause for sorrow, there was some antidote to Borrow in the exceedingly happy terms on which they parted. Mr Cox was no mere figure-head, but a most active leader in all branches of the church's organisation, and the Endeavor Society would sorely miss his wise counsels and active assistance. Mrs and the Misses Cox had also been most useful active workers, and the gap their departure made would indeed be hard to fill up. Mr Houlder, as representing the Prohibition party, spoke of Mr Cox's participation in the movement, and read a resolution framed at the late meeting of the League. He felt that Mr Cox's departure would not merely be a losa to the Baptist Church, but a loss to Napier. The Eev. H. W, J. Miller on behalf of the Congregational Church, and of himself, expressed the keenest regret at the departure of Mr Cox and his family. In all Christian work the two churches has worked as one - indeed, there was not much difference between them, for they were only separated by a strip of water. (Laughter.) Mrs Cox had truly been the right hand of her husband, and a minister's wife could do much to help in the work of the church. Mr Miller read a minute from the proceedings of the last meeting of the Congregational Chuwsh, placing on record their high appreciation of his labors in Napier. The Chairman, on behalf of the church and congregation, then presented Mr Cox with a purse of sovereigns, and in wishing him many years of faithful service said he but voiced the wish of every member of the church. The Eev. G. D. Cox, in acknowledging the gift, briefly expressed his thanks for the way in which he, Mrs Cox, and their daughters had been referred to. His ministry in Napier had been one of unalloyed happiness and pleasure, and he could not but regret his departure. He felt that it was a distinct call from the Master whom he served. His heart had been gladdened by the -receipt of many letters and personal expressions of appreciation of the work he and his family had done in Napier, and they would always have the kindliest feeling for the many friends in all branches of the church they were leaving behind. Mr M'Naughton, as vice-president of the Christian Endeavor Union, read a resolution passed by the council of the Union, and supplemented it by a warm expression of personal esteem. The Eev. Mr Miller, as vice-president of the Union, then presented Mr Cox with the last edition of Chambers's Encyclopedia in ten volumes. Mr Cox, in returning thanks, said he had been wanting just such a thine; for some time past, and though he had not said a word to anyone the Endeavorers seemed to have read his thoughts. The Rev. W. G. Parsonson, in the name of the Wesleyan Church, said they had learned to love and esteem Mr Cox and his family, and they would feel their departure as a great loss. Mr Cox in the widenesß of his sympathies and his energy had been a power in the community, and his influence for good had extended far beyond his own ohurch. He (the speaker) had been stationed in Oamaru, and could speak feelingly of the kindliness and warm-hearted people there. The more formal proceedings were then suspended, and the company were served with refreshments, and social intercourse was the order of the evening. Between the speeches the choir, under Mrs Eeid, gave several acceptable items, and solos were contribted by Mrs Prime and Miss Cameron (with violin obligato by Mr Briasco). The piano used was lent by Mr Richardson. The proceedings dosed with the customary votes of thanks and Benediction pronounced by Mr Cox. He left the Whanganui congregation for Oamaru in September 1899.

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