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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70

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The "late Members of the Local Board of Advice "have issued an address in which they tell you that I am about to sacrifice your assets, and play havoc with your Company.

The Otago Daily Times inserted a leading article upon the subject, and the demand for the pamphlet became so great that the supply has run short.

For your convenience the address is republished herewith, so that you now have the whole story under one cover.

The "late Members of the Local Board of Advice" think that they ought to see "the substance of a private correspondence between Mr Lawrie and Mr Dobson."

I publish the correspondence herewith; it will amuse them.

When you have read this amended pamphlet you will perhaps conclude—

First.—That Mr Dobson's "offer," referred to in the Edinburgh Minute of 28th September. 1892, was the acceptance by him of Mr Lawrie's offer.

Second. That the Edinburgh Directors acted wisely, and strictly in accordance with the usual custom in removing their unsuccessful attorneys.

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Third.—That the Edinburgh Directors did not wish to pull the seats roughly from under the "the late Members of the Local Board of Advice," so they thanked them for their "faithful" services, and provided a buffer in the person of "a Mr Robert Dobson, of Napier."

Fourth.—That the "late Members of the Local Board of Advice" declined the friendly help so offered them, and have, in consequence, sat down rather heavily.

I am, Gentlemen,

Yours faithfully.

Robert Dobson.