The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62
"The Treasury, September 1st, 1886
September 1st, 1886.
"Sir,—I have the honour, by direction of the Colonial Treasurer, to enclose herewith statements giving statistical information asked for in your letters of 4th June and 21st July last, and at the same time to express regret that it was not found possible to send you the figures at an early date. There is an immense amount of labour involved in compiling both the Census and the Property Tax Returns, which cannot be done in a month or two, and even now, as you will observe, some of the figures given are only estimated. It is thought, however, you may rely upon them as being pretty nearly accurate. The gold export and general import and export returns are not included, as they are published quarterly in the Gazette, in which probably you have already seen them. It is hoped the information is not supplied too late for your purpose.
I have, &c.,
J. C. Gavin,Secretary to the Treasury.