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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70


page 57


I cannot but feel sensible that this long paper is diffuse and somewhat rambling. It is, however, intended as a comprehensive collection of data connected with this subject, and I have made it my chief endeavour that it shall be as complete as possible, at the risk of rendering it interesting only for purposes of reference. No doubt there is a great deal of repetition; but my excuse for this is that I thought it most desirable that these Transactions should be made the receptacle for authentic original matter rather than matter made readable. I am fully aware that in some departments it must prove very defective. The history and traditions concerning objects of greenstone in the North Island ought to form the subject of a paper of a more poetical description than this, and ought to be collated with closer regard for chronology, Let me hope that I may have succeeded in Inciting some North Island scholar to write it. My paper is rather a work of South Island researe h and observation. All this kind of work must be done soon, before the material dies with the dying generation of "authentic fellows." Let me express a hope, too, that I may excite such friendly criticism as will lead to the correction of errors and the procuring of additional information. I shall be only too pleased to receive communications on this subject from any quarter. This applies to Europe as well as the Pacific, for I am almost wholly unacquainted with the literature which the "Encyclopedia Britannica "tells me exists on this subject. It is of too special a character to be found either in ray native island, Aotearoa, or in Wai Pounamu, where my home now is, civilised as they both are.