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REVISED, AND RE-PUBLISHED BY REQUEST
HINTS TO COLONISTS:
A Series of Letters,
INTENDED CHIEFLY FOR NEWCOMERS,
AND ORIGINALLY ADDRESSED TO THE "NEW-ZEALANDER" NEWSPAPER,
NEW ZEALAND.--COLONIZING.--CHARACTER IN THE COLONIES.---THE MORALS OP A PEOPLE.--TO NEW COLONISTS, 1. 2.--TO OLD COLONISTS.--THE "CADUCEUS."--THE LAND GRANTS.--INTENDING EMIGRANTS.
PUBLISHED BY W. C. WILSON, SHORTLAND-STREET,
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PRINTED BY W. C. WILSON, "NEW-ZEALANDER." OFFICE.
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THE short Papers collected in the following pages were originally written at intervals, and published at Auckland, during the present year, in the form of Letters addressed to the New Zealander Newspaper, without any intention that they should be re-issued in their present shape. The simple, and, he trusts, the single-minded object of the writer was to give--in plain language and a sincerely friendly tone--a few practical suggestions to persons recently arrived in the Colony, on subjects the importance of which, to their personal and social prosperity and usefulness, can, he thinks, admit of no question. The hints are founded on the results of considerable Colonial experience under circumstances which afforded rather extended opportunities of becoming acquainted with the trials and difficulties the temptations and responsibilities in which persons, especially young men, find themselves more or less involved on their entrance on colonial life; and, whatever misgivings the writer may have as to his own mode of stating them, he feels confident that the views he advances are substantially sound, and calculated to promote the best interests of those who may steadily act them out in every day life. In this humble confidence he has been strengthened by the reception which the Letters have met, not only in New Zealand but in other places, --one of them having been circulated to the extent of some thousands of copies in a neighbouring Colony.
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Many judicious persons have expressed a desire that the whole should be issued in the more permanent form of a pamphlet, which may be conveniently circulated, or placed in the hands of intending settlers on their landing on our shores. The same motives which led to the first publication now induce the writer to comply with this desire. His end will be answered, and the best wishes of his heart gratified, if some of those for whom these counsels and cautions are primarily designed should be led by their perusal to enter upon the duties and engagements of colonial life, with a braver spirit of energetic self-reliance, --a more circumspect, though not less frank or honorable, watchfulness in the formation of associations and engagements, -- a firmer purpose to exemplify here in every relation and circumstance in which they may be placed, the practical developement of the principles of Christian citizenship in which they may have been trained at home, --and, in the onward and upward movements of a true progress,
"So to act that each To-morrow
Finds them farther than To-day"
Auckland, 10th July, 1859.