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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 24

[List of Agents]

The following unique specimen taken from an official list of Agents issued from the Agent-General's office, shows the extraordinary hash made of Irish page 27 addresses in that office, and proves the absurdity of their taking the Irish correspondence out of the local agent's hands :—
Name. Business or Ordinary Occupation followed while acting as Emigration Agent for New Zealand. Address. Town in which Resident.
Armstrong, W. S. Draper and Emigration Agent Ballebofey Company, Donegal Balleybofey
Allen, David Money more Company, Tyrone Moneymore
Beattic, Rev. R. Clergyman The Manse Convoy Company, Donegal Convoy
Brownlee, Thomas Postmaster, Science Teacher, and Organist Killylea Company, Armagh Killylea
Berry, Ambrose New Town Limanady Company, Derry New Town, Limanady
Cochrane, James General Grocer, Provision Merchant, and Postmaster Derrvgonnelly Company, Fermanagh Derrygonnelly
Davidson, James Dewock Ballymoney Company, Antrim Ballymoney
Dillon, P. Stamp Distributor and Commissioner for taking affidavits Castlerea Company, Roscommon Castlerea.
Fynn, James Grocer and General Emigration Agent 2, Victoria Place & William Streot, Galway Galway
Foye, George Ageut to Staffordshire Fire Office and Subeditor to newspaper Lurgan Company, Down Lurgan

In December, 1874, while I was still in Ireland, Mr. John Williamson, the then Superintendent of Auckland, sent me an authority to act as agent for the Province of Auckland, enclosing at the same time a copy of the 44 Auckland Waste Lands Act, 1867,"under which he appointed me. I replied, accepting the appointment. Six months afterwards he wrote me, telling me the clauses in the Act under which he had appointed me had been repealed, but they would be restored in the Waste Lands Act before the Provincial Council, then in session, and by the Assembly, shortly about to meet. Meantime I was to continue to act as agent. These clauses were restored and passed in the "Auckland Waste Lands Act, 1874." I never heard again from Mr. Williamson. Subsequently, after having acted as Provincial Agent for eighteen months, entirely at my own expense, I returned to New Zealand. On my return I applied to Sir George Grey, who was then Superintendent of Auckland. for payment of my salary and expenses for the eighteen months I had performed the duties of agent. He informed me that, as the Provincial Council would not again meet, and as Provincial institutions would shortly be abolished it was impossible for the Province to deal with the claim, and that my only course was to petition the House of Representatives.

I did present a petition during the session of 1876, and gained nothing by it, except a bald report from the Committee that my appointment from the Superintendent was illegal, but that I had some claim upon the Province.