The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 57
Via Adelaide, S.A., November 20, 1884
November 20, 1884.
My Dear Sir,—I read with much interest the details of your project for a tour through America, Britain, and Europe; and much regret that I have no sons old enough to participate in such an interesting and instructive expedition. From my knowledge of you for so many years past, I can safely say that to any "young fellows" placed under your charge, you will prove a much better "conductor" than any of the leaders of Cook's tours I have ever met. The terms you propose are very moderate; and such an amount so laid out would, in my opinion, be money very well spent.
I am somewhat out of the world up here (Hergott Springs), where I am now Resident Engineer of the Railway to Primrose Springs, a 150-mile section of the Trans-Continental Railway to Port Darwin, else I might be able to find one or two for your company in this colony.
Wishing you success, believe me, yours very truly,
J. Randall Mann, A.M. Inst. C.E.
Malcolm M. Irving,Esq., 19 O'Connell Street, Sydney.