The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72
The following correspondence and a report of a public meeting concerning my case, with a few brief explanatory notes, are now published for the information of those who may be interested in knowing how and why it was that I ceased to be a Justice of the Peace and was removed from the list of Licensed Native Interpreters.
I have a tolerably strong conviction as to whether I acted fairly and honourably in the matter or not, and whether I deserved the treatment I have received. I will not, however, attempt to press my view upon others at this stage. My only object in bringing the facts before the public is to obtain (what every Englishman has a right to) a fair hearing before a competent and independent judge. And I have no doubt that the perusal of the following will enable the public to see whether primâ facie I have or have not reasonable grounds for demanding that hearing. If I have really merited the action taken by the Government I am now, in re-opening the matter, of course only bringing further disgrace upon myself. On the other hand, if I am innocent, I have no doubt the Government will rejoice with me that I have given them the opportunity of retracing their steps, and repairing in some small measure the injury done to me. And there I leave the affair for each one to judge independently, believing as I do that the spirit of Fair Play amongst us is not dead but only sleeping.