[We are in receipt of the following letter from a member of the Board of Lectureship and we gladly endrose his views.—Editor.]

An excellent article, regarding the relation of the churches and the lecturers, by a member of the Board of Lectureship, appeared in the Sentinel some weeks since. This article covered the ground quite thoroughly, but there is one point that was touched, among others, that needs added emphasis. This has to do with the promptness of the correspondence between the churches and the lecturers. It is frequently the case that after a lecturer, or several lecturers, have submitted dates to a given church, that a meeting of the official Board of the church, and often a business meeting of the church is held, to decide on the lecturer and the time, and so it is frequently a matter of two weeks or more before a reply is returned to the lecturer. This, manifestly, should not be.

The clerk or lecture committee, who are to look after the matter of securing a lecturer, should be so authorized and instructed that, when they have received a reply from one or more lecturers, they shall have authority to act immediately. The only delay should be in ascertaining when a hall will be available, which could usually be done in an hour, and then a reply should be immediately gotten back, and the request of the former article, referred to above, was that the reply be by wire.

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September 7, 1907

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