The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 57
From the Hon. E. E. Townshend, Auckland. Bayfield, Ponsonby, January 5, 1885
January 5, 1885.
My Dear Irving,—You may certainly add my name to your list of referees, if you think fit. I am quite sure that whoever is lucky enough to take part in the tour you anticipate, will not only enjoy themselves, but, if they like to be interested in what I know you will take the trouble to point out in your travels in the countries named, they will also find it very instructive. I am confident that those who would like their sons to see the world in safety, would find it money well laid out; and with you as companion, could not spend it better as a means of education. I say this because it has been my good fortune to know you many years, and we have travelled together. I always found you an amiable and good companion, and I could wish my boy to be with you, were he old enough to go. Trusting you will have a pleasant journey, with kind regards, believe me always, yours sincerely,
Ernest E. Townshend.
M. M. Irving,Esq., 19 O'Connell Street, Sydney.