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THIS little work is the diary of the late Captain Mackenzie, of Glenkenich, Otago, giving a graphic and interesting account of a journey made by him overland from Auckland to Wellington and Christchurch in the year 1853. A perusal of it will enable the reader to realise the substantial progress the colony has made since its settlement. Captain Mackenzie being a keen observer, and having, too, as keen a sense of the ludicrous, the narrative is not only instructive, but amusing also, and the reader's interest is kept up to the very last page. By the author's relatives these pages will be treasured, and by his friends they will be welcomed as a memento of his life. How kind, how benevolent, how generous, and how true a friend he was those who knew him best can testify-- ever ready to help, and never sparing himself to do a kind action to any one in need. His name will not soon be forgotten by those among whom he spent so many years, and who so sincerely mourn his death.
The present opportunity is taken gratefully to acknowledge the kind assistance of Mr S. Percy Smith, Surveyor-General; Mr C. W. Adams, Chief Surveyor; and Mr George B. Bett, whose aid in preparing the following pages, and in revising and correcting the Maori names, has been invaluable.
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"Sometimes God turns our bitter into sweet,
Sometimes He gives us pleasant water springs
Sometimes he shades us with His pillar-cloud.
And sometimes to a blessed palm-shade brings.
What matters it? The time will not be long,
Marah, and Elim will alike be past;
Our desert, wells, and palms will soon be done--
We reach the city of our God at last."