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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 26

Wellington, 7th November, 1874



I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of this day's date, enclosing a copy of an article appearing in the Otago Daily Times, of the 30th ultimo, purporting, as stated by you, to be a description of the contents of the Report of the Commissioners appointed to hear and report upon charges against me, and in which you inform me that the Report not having been accessible to any person but myself outside the Civil Service, Dr. Pollen desires to be informed "by what means a series of statements so scandalously untrue found their way into the public prints." In reply, I have to inform you that I am not responsible, either directly or indirectly, for the article in question, or for any other article on the same subject that may have appeared in the newspapers.

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I have shown the Report alluded to by you to my friends, who were naturally anxious to learn, the result of the enquiry, and in so doing I apprehend that I was not only justified, but in duty to my relatives I was bound to satisfy them that the serious charges which had been made against me by the Government had proved to have been preferred without the slightest foundation.

I have, &c.,

E. Brandon.

The Hon. the Colonial Secretary, Wellington.