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AS IT WAS AND AS IT IS.
"Welcome, my friends, to a home, that is better perchance than the old one."
EDWARD STANFORD, 6, CHASING CROSS.
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"TO BE A SUCCESSFUL COLONIST, A PERSON MUST EITHER POSSESS CONSIDERABLE CAPITAL, BE SHREWD, STEADY, AND NOT FASTIDIOUS IN HIS HABITS; OR HE MUST BE POSSESSED OF STRONG ARMS AND A STOUT HEART, ABLE AND WILLING TO WORK, SOBER AND HOPEFUL: SUCH MEN I HAVE NOT KNOWN TO FAIL."
Correspondent of the "New Zealander."
The profits (if any) of this edition will be given to the fund for the relief of the Taranaki sufferers.
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MY object in writing the following pages was to give intending settlers, especially those of the working-class, such information about New Zealand as might perhaps be of service to them in settling their plans for the future. This, as far as the matter is concerned, has repeatedly been done, and well done, by former writers; but I cannot call to mind any who have condescended to do what I now attempt--I mean, to tell a homely tale about New Zealand in homely words, for the use of unlettered men. This is the only excuse I can think of for having added one more to the multitude of works on New Zealand.
The substance of what I now publish was delivered in the form of a lecture at Stamford in Lincolnshire; and was listened to with attention, and, I would fain hope, not altogether without benefit, by more than seven hundred persons, most of whom were either mechanics or agricultural labourers. The details of the native war have been obtained from papers published by authority of the Colonial Government, and from private information which I am sure is trustworthy,
27, Bury Street, St. James's, April, 1861.
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