The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 2
Lambton Kay, Wellin'ton, June 30th, 1880
June 30th, 1880.
I'm in a milancolly mood agin this week, for that mane ommadhaun, Bryce, has been backbitin' Johnry Sheehan, so he has. Jist bekays Johnny is a janial ginerous boy that loves the darlints, an' small blame to him, Misther Bryce thries to make out that me former collaige miss-o-propriated the funs, keepin' the Maori girls quiet. Some o' these could-blooded in-dovijuals that niver filt a glow av love's young dhraime cannot rayilise the posishun av a warm-hearted boy like Johnny thrown into the society av a crowd o' half-castes an' hole-castes. I've no patience wid such min, so I've not, an' more be token, I'll give Misther Bryce a bit o' me mind the nixt time I meet him up at Jack M'Ginnaty's on the Kay. I'm goin' to write a long haroic an' ipic pome on the subject o' Johnny an' his Maori loves. Ye'll glain be the folloin' specimin that I've adopted Misther Longfellow's style, though av coorse my varses are much shuperior to the Ameri-can pote's:—