The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 2
25th October, 1872.
Referring you to that portion of Dr. Hector's report upon the coal mines of the Colony in which he recommends that assistance should be given from the funds available for that purpose to the Collingwood Coal Mining Company, to enable them to make a certain drive, in order further to prove the existence of coal in quantity, I have the honour to add my urgent recommendation that the sum of £750 be advanced from the fund referred to. The drive specified is estimated to cost about £1,500, and the Provincial Government have contributed £250, while the Company is prepared to find the remaining £500 which will be required.
The superior character of the coal, as reported on by Dr. Hector, the available nature of the port of shipment, added to the energy and perseverance displayed by the Company, which consists chiefly of working men with little or no capital but their labour, appear to me to form strong grounds for a claim to assistance from the page 26 Government, from funds devoted by the Legislature for the development of an industry of so great importance to the Colony.
Oswald Curtis,Superintendent of Nelson. The Hon. the Colonial Secretary, Wellington.