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disorder, outrage, drunkenness, and bad morals, threatened to
overflow the land. Like our Australian gum-tree, in its remedial
qualities, the Church was a means of purifying in a pestilential
atmosphere, and a purveyor of health in some death-dealing regions.
The districts where it was planted, were all the better for its
presence, and notably where moral miasma was rife. EXTENSION.
CHAPTER VI. The wheels of time and of the itinerancy had gone
round, bringing a new Minister to the head of affairs in Melbourne
in 1855. Mr. Butters had departed to Adelaide in the month of
March, bearing with him flattering testimonials to his Ministerial
worth, and the hearty prayers of the people for his prosperity in
his new field of labour. His successor had arrived in the person of
the Rev. D. J. Draper, who was every way fitted to rank beside him
in shrewd sense, and careful management of men and things; but was
scarcely as effective in his pulpit services. Nevertheless,
surrounded by good men, trained in a good school, habituated to the
direction of Methodist affairs, which had prospered very greatly
under him in South Australia, Mr. Draper wisely directed the
machinery and measures of the Church, and was largely the agent of
its consolidation and increase in the immediately succeeding decade
of years. He had attended the first Australasian Conference, in
company with his compeers and brethren, which had been held in
Sydney in January of this year of grace, 1855. That had been a
memorable Conference, which affected materially Victorian Methodism
in the arrangemeut of stations, and in the first exercise of
self-governing control and power in the newly-constituted Church.
Nevertheless, as it was not held within the bounds of this colony,
this reference to itmay suffice. It made the tra...
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