H. E. Partridge Esq
I had the great pleasure at yesterday's meeting of this Committee
to inform them of your most princely donation in aid of this Fund.
The Mayor proposed the resolution which was carried by acclamation
thanking you for this and a formal minute will be forwarded to you
in due course.
A committee comprised of the Executive of this Association was
formed to wait upon you and ascertain the method which you wish
followed in connection with this gift, and they will wait upon you
on my return from Rotorua about Tuesday week 9th.March and you will
be advised of the due date later.
I might mention that Mr. Parr privately informed the Committee that
he would advocate, not £1000 from the City Council as I told you
yesterday, but £2000, and I think with a little pressure it would
be increased considerably over that amount.
I also approached the Mackelvie Trustees, prior to the meeting, and
though Mr. Bankhart who is one of the Trustees, at our meeting
stated he did not think they would subscribe towards this gift,
with a little pressure I think it is probable.
I have the honour to remain,
Your obedient servant,
Acting Consul for Belgium
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