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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70

Mr Lawrie to Mr Dobson. Edinburgh, 26th September, 1892

page 23
Mr Lawrie to Mr Dobson. Edinburgh,

After much and repeated discussion following your cablegram saying "yes" to my proposal, and after what my brother Directors of the Colonial Investment Co. may perhaps consider an amount of forcing on my part, I have pot them to agree, and you will be hearing from Mr Moncrieff with the needful authority to take on hand the management of the Company with a view to its speedy termination consistent with prudence and economy. It may with perfect propriety be said that this result has been brought about solely by me, and I consequently feel the gravity of the responsibility thrown upon me. But I remember that the subject you have to handle is not unknown to you from your having already reported on each individual case. That you will carry out with skill, experience, energy, and integrity the serious work entrusted to you, and that you will enter on it untrammeled by a feeling that might weigh with others of having brought about the mess, and of there being no need of undue haste in revealing it.