1842 - Ward, J. Nelson, the Latest Settlement of the New Zealand Company - [Front Matter]

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  1842 - Ward, J. Nelson, the Latest Settlement of the New Zealand Company - [Front Matter]
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Printed by STEWART and MURRAY,

Old Bailey.


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OUT of the mass of information contained in the report of missionaries, collected from visitors to and from the more recent colonizers of New Zealand, might be formed a work deeply interesting to the general reader as well as to the future colonist. Such, however, it is not the intention of the present writer to undertake, his attention being principally confined to the consideration of one newly-formed Settlement in those islands, in the progress of which he candidly confesses to feel much sympathy and interest, both on account of its own individual welfare, and the influence upon future colonization involved in the progress of such Settlements. The latest application of what has been called the Wakefield principle to the settling of new countries, this colony offers a fair subject for consideration in all matters that affect the well-being of a young people in connection with their present happiness and future destiny, which it is very evident will depend much upon the tone and character given to the early proceedings of the first colonists.

In the great struggles to advance what is generally considered as worldly prosperity, namely, increase of wealth, rank, and power, it is to be feared that quiet, rational, and enno-

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bling enjoyments are much lost sight of, and thus the advancement of society in a right direction is retarded.

Removed from many sources of anxiety respecting the means of living and of keeping a station, (things very difficult to acquire in a country of excessive competition,) it is plain that the colonist of New Zealand will find much time and opportunity, after the first strenuous efforts at establishment are over, for relaxation. Upon the proper use of this advantage, will depend the true welfare of the present and succeeding generations of colonists and natives. Together with general reasons for the preference given to New Zealand over other colonies, will be found some reflections upon the means of social happiness, which it is hoped may find acceptance with many who are intending to make a new home for themselves and their children. Rather extensive wanderings in newly-peopled countries, leading to an acquaintance with their capabilities, deficiencies, and requirements in the means of conferring happiness, and a watchful attention to the progress of events in New Zealand, have induced the writer to consider the present as a favourable moment to extend such views as are contained in the following paper.

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