The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 12
(No. 8.—Hon. Sec. to Town Clerk.) Dunedin Athenæum and Mechanics' Institute, Dunedin, The Town Clerk, Dunedin, Sept. 15th, 1868
Referring to your Communications of 7th and 10th instant, I have the honor to inform you that having brought the same under the consideration of the Committee of this Institution, I have to state that it appears to the Committee that the Reserves Committee of the City Council are entirely ignoring or overlooking the purport of my Communications of July 29th and August 14th, to which their attention is respectfully recalled.
I am to add that to surrender the unexpired term of the Lease, &c., being equivalent to the foregoing of £1,500, the Committee are not disposed to accede to it, inasmuch as the Resolutions of the Provincial Council provide that a "free site" should be furnished without any such condition as that sought to be attached thereto by the Reserves Committee of the City Council.
While the Committee of this Institute recognise the fact "that during the last ten "years the Institution they represent has "benefited largely by having a lease of a "Municipal Section in the heart of the City, "at a nominal rent," yet I am to remind the Reserves Committee of the City Council that the citizens of Dunedin, and the inhabitants of the Province in general, have thereby been placed in possession of advantages that no City or Province in the Colony has been enabled to afford its inhabitants.
Chas. Smith,Hon. Sec.