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The Episcopate At Kohimarama. 1866.
The removal of his much-loved correspondent did not long withhold the outpouring of
Bishop Patteson's heart to his family; while his work was going on at the College,
according to his own definition of education which was given about this time in a speech
at St. John's: 'Education consists in teaching people to bear responsibilities, and laying the
responsibilities on them as they are able to bear them.'
Meanwhile, he wrote as follows to Miss Mackenzie, on receiving the book she had
promised to send him as a relic of her brother:--
'January 1, 1866.
'My dear Miss Mackenzie,--I have this evening received your brother's Thomas a
Kempis, and your letter. I valued the letter much, as a true faithful record of one whom
may God grant that I may know hereafter, if, indeed, I may be enabled to follow him as
he followed Christ. And as for the former, what can I say but I hope that the thought of
your dear brother may help me to read that holy book in something of the spirit in which
he read and meditated on it.
'It seems to bring me very near to him in thought. Send me one of his autographs to paste
into it. I don't like to cut out the one I have in the long letter to the Scottish Episcopal
Church, which you kindly sent me.
'I found, too, in one of Mr. Codrington's boxes, a small sextant for me, which, being
packed with the Thomas a Kempis, I think may have been your brother's. Do you really
mean this for me too? If so, I shall value it scarcely less than the book. Indeed, I think
that, divided as I am from all relations and home influences and affections, I cling all the
more to such means as I may still enjoy of keeping up associations. I like to have my
father's watch-chain in use, and to write on his old desk. I remember my inkstand in our
drawing-room in London. So I value much these memorials of the first Missionary
Bishop of the Church of England, in modern days at all events, and night by night as I
read a few lines in his book, and think of him, it brings me, I hope, nearer in spirit to him
and to others, who, like him, have done their duty well and now rest in Christ.
'We are pretty well now (Jan. 20), but one very promising lad sank last week in low
fever; a good truthful lad he was, and as I baptized him at midnight shortly before he
died, I felt the great blessing of being able with a very clear conscience to minister to him
that holy sacrament; and so he passed away, to dwell, I trust, with his Lord.
'What a revelation to that spirit in its escape from the body! But I must not write on. With
many thanks once again for these highly- valued memorials of your brother,
'I remain, my dear Miss Mackenzie,