The Police File
Private and Confidential
28th July 1890
Sub Inspector Back has spoken to me about the Roebourne murder case and endeavouring to discover the perpetrators of the crime and has mentioned that you had written him telling me to communicate with you.
I am willing to undertake the detection of the crime upon the strict understanding that no one is to know I am doing so and that all communications addressed to me shall be strictly private.
It will cost money to discover as I will if I undertake the matter be put to a great deal of expense which I cannot explain on paper but you would understand better at a personal interview.
If the government will allow me £10 a week and pay my passage money and expenses I am willing to go to Roebourne and take the [?] steps.
The amount I am asking may seem a large one but from what I know, in order to pin the crime upon the guilty parties it will be necessary to [?] [?]rather all expensive measures but as I have said this can be better explained to you at a personal interview than on paper.
If you feel inclined to accept this offer I think it would be advisable for you to let me know this week so that I can come to Perth and see you by the steamer going through on Friday. I should after seeing you be ready to proceed to Roebourne by the steamer leaving Fremantle on the 16th August.
I should have to return to Bunbury after seeing you as there is certain information which I would there obtain [?].
Geo. J. Malcolm Stevens
P.S. Mr Back I think has spelt my name “Stephens” it ought to be “Stevens”.