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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 2

Mr. Webster to the Hon. the Minister for Public Works

Mr. Webster to the Hon. the Minister for Public Works.

Collingwood Coal Mining Company, Registered, Nelson,


In acknowledging the valuable aid the General Government has rendered this Company, in assisting them to prospect their page 37 mine with a Government tunnel, I beg to advise you that the cost per foot has increased considerably since the commencement of operations, having started with a contract at 30s., and we are now paying 40s. As it was hinted to Dr. Hector before the drive was commenced that assistance to the amount of £750 would be required, I am instructed by the Directors to inquire if the Government will make a further advance of £250. The £500 advance is not quite exhausted, but I make this application now to enable us to finance for finishing the drive.

The drive up to the present time has cost—say

75 per cent, of contract, management, piping, &c. for air £512
25 per cent, of contract held by Directors as security 100

Estimated cost to finish drive, £900.

I have, &c.,

The Hon. E. Richardson,

H. M. Webster,

Minister for Public Works, Wellington. Legal Manager.