The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 26
Colonial Secretary's Office, Wellington, 28th October, 1874
28th October, 1874.
With reference to the series of charges preferred against you as Chief Clerk and Accountant in the Stamp Department at Wellington, copy of which was furnished to you on the 10th September ultimo, and with reference to your letter of date September 12 th, in which you "deny the charges made in so far as they impute misconduct on your part," I have now, in accordance with the request made in your letter of the 16th instant, to forward for your information copy of the Report made to His Excellency the Governor by the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the truth of those charges.
His Excellency has been pleased to direct that the action of the Government in this case shall be guided by the opinion expressed by the Commissioners, viz., "that you should receive some punishment for the grave irregularities of which you have been guilty, but that dismissal from the Civil Service would be an unnecessarily severe sentence."
Accordingly it has been determined that you shall not be reinstated in your position in the Stamp Department, but that employment shall be found for you in some other office; that your salary shall be reduced to two hundred pounds per annum, at which rate you will be paid from the date of your suspension from office, and that you should be directed to hold yourself in readiness to proceed at short notice to any part of the Colony at which your services may be required.
Daniel Pollen.H. E. de B. Brandon, Esq., Wellington.