The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 24
His Honor the Superintendent, Auckland, to the Hon. the Minister for Immigration. Auckland, November 15, 1873
My services have not been recognised, although I did succeed in accomplishing the work, and even in the matter of my disputed accounts with Dr. Featherston, in which my figures were proved before the Public Petitions Committee to be correct, I was not paid in full, being:, in point of fact, awarded the sum of £8 6s. 8d. less than I ought to have had paid me by Dr. Featherston in London, and this after having to come to Wellington, and remain a whole session, to prove my claim.
The following letters show that Mr Stewart and the original promoters of the special settlement scheme fully appreciated my exertions in the matter:—
November 15, 1873.
Referring to certain correspondence (semi-official) which I had the honor to submit to you during last session of the Assembly, from Mr. H. W. Farnall, relative to special immigration from the North of Ireland, I have now the honor to annex copies of letters received by me per last English mail from G. V. Stewart. Esq., of Ballygawley, and also from Mr Farnall.
From the former you will see that the first instalment of Mr Stewart's party would probably leave last month, and that they expect the block of 20,000 page 19 acres in which they are to settle to he set apart for them prior to arrival. This should, therefore, be done without delay. Though in a few days I shall cease to be Superintendent of the Province, my services will be gratuitously at the disposal of your Government for the purpose of making the required selection on being informed of the lands at the disposal of the Government. I would suggest the Tauranga district.
On the disagreements between Mr Farnall and the Agent-General I presume to offer no opinion, save that they seem to be very unfortunate for the progress of a very promising scheme of immigration to this Province.
Thomas B. Gillies.The Hon the Minister for Immigration, Wellington.