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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48

Hereford Street, Christchurch, N.Z., 25th November, 1879. H. Selwyn Smith, Esq., New Zealand Shipping Company Office, Hereford Street, Christchurch

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Hereford Street, Christchurch, N.Z.,

H. Selwyn Smith

, Esq., New Zealand Shipping Company Office, Hereford Street, Christchurch.
Dear Sir,—We beg to bring under your notice the following copy of a resolution passed this day at a meeting of the Board of the Directors of the Company:—

"The Board having before it the letter of Messrs. Harper, Harper and Scott of the 7th instant, with the draft agreement prepared by them, but which Mr. Smith has declined to sign, the Board decides to terminate the engagement with the General Manager, in terms of resolution of the 17th February, 1879, and that the Solicitors be instructed to give the necessary notice." Carried unanimously.

In pursuance of the terms of the foregoing resolution, and acting under the instructions of the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Shipping Company Limited, we hereby give you notice that your engagement with the Company as General Manager thereof is to terminate at the expiration of twelve months from this date.

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We are also instructed to give you notice that the Board of Directors require you forthwith to cease acting as the General Manager of the said Company, and that they do not require the continuation of your services as such during the said ensuing period of twelve months from this date.

The Board are prepared at once to pay or credit you with one years' salary in advance, subject to adjustment of accounts between yourself and the Company.

We are, dear Sir,

Yours faithfully,

Harper, Harper and Scott.