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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76

Errata and Addenda

Errata and Addenda.

Page 12.—Deighton, Samuel.—

Line 16 from bottom of page, end of line, "in the Upper Rangitikei River," should be "On the Upper Rangitikei River."

Line 13—beginning of line—delete word "River," and after Rangitikei add—"Te Rakihou"—also known by the euphonious name of "Mingiroa" (a pretty flowering native shrub).

Page 48.—Roberts, George.—

Line 15 from bottom . . . "and had he had the advantages of a good education, I have not the slightest doubt" etc., etc., etc.

Since my "sketch" of Mr. George Roberts was put into type and printed off, I have learnt from one of his daughters here that I am in error as regards her late father's early education. She informs me that he received an excellent education at a first-class boarding-school up to the age of 18 in London where he was born and bred, and that whilst residing in this district was at one time engaged in teaching in private families. I gladly make this correction now, and have no doubt whatever that, had Mr. Roberts made politics his pursuit or profession, he could, and most likely would, have taken a leading place amongst New Zealand politicians in shaping the destinies of his adopted country. Again, further on in my page 82 "sketch" where I relate the incident of the farewell banquet given just before Mr. Roberts went Home to England, and what he said of the Wanganui River when returning thanks for the "toast" of his health, etc. Mr. Roberts was a man of ready wit and brimming over with humour, and when he referred to the river as having been as good as £3000 (sic) to him whilst in business at the "Ship Hotel," he no doubt meant to imply how frequently he had been compelled to draw his water supply from it, as most people were compelled to do in those days when there was no water supply from either Virginia or Westmere Lake; when well water was quite unfit for use, being brackish and foul, and impregnated with iron, and when, as frequently happened in dry weather, water-butts and tanks ran dry. The front part of the hotel was only a few yards—perhaps 12 or 15—distant from the river in those days, so that water could easily be conveyed in buckets or barrels from it on to the premises which was used for all sorts of domestic purposes.

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