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SWISS COTTAGE, OMATA.
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SETTLERS AND SOLDIERS
The War in Taranaki
INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SETTLER.
A. W. BENNETT, 5, BISHOPSGATE WITHOUT;
HOULSTON AND WRIGHT, 65, PATERNOSTER ROW.
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THE following pages have been written under the pressure of a sorrowful and heavy heart, amidst difficulties to which it is not now necessary more particularly to allude.
I trust I shall be understood when I say I have no other desire than to show (however imperfectly I have fulfilled my task) the impolicy as well as the unchristian character of all war. And this little narrative, taken in connexion with what it may now be presumed is well known of the manner in which the war in Taranaki has been carried on, will only afford another proof that as a nation we have yet to learn the true spirit of the Great Teacher, who said, "If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight."
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I have studied simplicity and accuracy more than originality in my statements of facts; and if my reflections seem somewhat complaining, I must throw myself on the candour and kindness of my readers.
I have to acknowledge my obligations to an English gentleman, and to Miss Nicholson (a lady in the Rev. H. Brown's family), for the accompanying sketches.
That the blessing of God may attend this little book--that it may not wholly miss its object--but that it may help in some small measure to put the general mind in action, under the pressure of the present "war spirit" to think righteously and soberly of the real genius of Christianity; and be influenced by its guidance "to follow peace with all men," is the sincere wish of the Author,
Nelson, New Zealand,
November 10th, 1860.