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   Sir, - As I cannot make a formal reply to the presentation of the splendid testimonial which has been made to me, I shall be glad if you will kindly allow me to express my appreciation through your columns.  It was cheering to my heart as it was unexpected, and it is a tribute of which one may be worthily proud.  Its magnitude makes it most valuable, but even that is overshadowed by the affection which is expressed by it.  I knew I had many friends  in the fight for reform, but I am grateful for this testimony of their love.  It is inspiring indeed and I shall cherish it as a very precious possession, more valuable to my spirit than even the tangible manifestation.  I may say that the testimonial will go to make more adequate provision for my wife and daughter (which,  needless to say, gives me great satisfaction and comfort), and not to my own financial benefit.
    Will  you also permit me to thank those who have written to me, and whom I have been unable to reply to, and to let my friends know that during the last fortnight I have rallied  considerably, and am much freer from pain, although there is no change in general conditions.  And in case another opportunity does not come to me, I would also like to urge my friends and those who have laboured so abundantly with me to keep up the fight for social reform in all its branches.  The need is so great.  I can conceive of nothing finer than to be given opportunities for helping one’s fellow creatures, unless it be the taking up of the opportunities. Time will never in Australia bring bigger opportunities for doing lasting good to commonwealth than are present with us in our young nationhood, for we are in the foundation-laying days when work accomplishes much more than even greater work can do when national habits are formed.  May I also be permitted to thank you for your constant courtesy and assistance - Yours, & c.,

Camberwell, Oct 13

From  THE  ARGUS  16th October  1911        page 8


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