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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 24


On arrival in England I at once reported myself to Dr. Featherston, who informed me he saw no way of utilising my services. Subsequently he requested me to proceed to the North of Ireland and do what I could to procure emigrants from that part of the United Kingdom. The whole time I was working under Dr. Featherston he systematically thwarted and obstructed me in every possible way, by delaying or neglecting altogether to answer my letters, and by not keeping me supplied with the information necessary for carrying on my work. Dr. Featherston would not allow me an office or any office expenses: all my office and travelling expenses were paid by myself. No allowances were made me of any sort whatever. I appointed, with Dr. Fertherston's sanction, a number of sub-agents in various parts of the North of Ireland. These sub-agents were paid by capitation fees. I instructed them in their duties, supervised them, and was responsible for their work. When I had succeeded in getting things in fair working order, Dr. Featherston took the control of these agents entirely out of my hands, and insisted upon their all corresponding with him and looking to his office for instructions and information instead of to me. I wrote the two annexed letters to try and get him to reconsider his determination, but to no purpose.