The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84
The Temuka Leader, December, 1885. says :—The National Bank question is still gaining ground. We have now a pamphlet before us written on this subject, though its title would scarcely lead to that conclusion...........Its literary style is certainly very clear, incisive and pleasant. Every sentence shows that it has been written by an educated, able, well-read man, capable of reasoning closely, and of putting his thoughts in an intelligible manner before his readers It is well worth perusal, and we hope to sec it widely circulated."
The Evening Herald, Dunedin, January 5th, 1886, says:—The writer of the pamphlet advocates very strongly the establishment of a State Bank of Issue, and points out the manifold resulting advantages, especially as regards the farmer. The pamphlet is smartly written, and the facts referred to set out in a quaint and vigorous style........His remarks are terse and pungent, and well worth perusing by all concerned."
The Marlborough Express, January, 1886, says :—"The question of State Banking has long been a matter of interesting theoretical discussion, and anyone who has read the Hon. Mr. Bathgate's pamphlet on the subject cannot, fail to see that it is becoming a matter of practical pounds, shillings, and pence importance to every settler in the colony.........The work of education is being well done by such pamphlets as that, before us, and we hope it will have a great circulation."