The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 24
In January, 1872, I found myself compelled to visit England on private business, and received an appointment from the Fox-Vogel Government to assist Dr. Featherston in his emigration work. The Government now repudiate the idea of this being a distinct appointment, although, at the time of my receiving it, I held a seat in the House of Representatives, and was requested to resign my seat on accepting the mission. This appears in annexed letter of appointment. Had it not been a distinct appointment, they had no right to call upon me to resign my seat, and I might have proceeded to England, transacted my business, and returned in time for the following session.