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COLONY OF THE FREE CHURCH
PRINTED IN THE SCOTTISH [portion of page missing]
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LIST OF MEMBERS OF THE LAY ASSOCIATION OF THE
FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,
FOR PROMOTING THE SETTLEMENT OF A SCOTCH COLONY AT OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND.
The Right Hon. FOX MAULE, M. P.
Sir JAMES FORREST, Bart., of Comiston.
Sir WILLIAM C. SETON, Bart., of Pitmedden.
Sir JOHN C. FAIRLIE, Bart., of Fairlie.
Mr. Sheriff SPEIRS, Edinburgh.
Mr. Sheriff MONTEITH, Edinburgh.
JAMES M. HOGG, Esq., of Newliston.
JAMES HAMILTON, Esq., of Ninewar.
GEORGE M'MICKEN TORRANCE, Esq. of Threave.
PAT. B. MURE MACREDIE, Esq. of Perceton.
ADAM ROLLAND, Esq. of Gask.
WILLIAM H. CRAUFURD, Esq. of Craufurdland.
GEORGE SMYTTAN, Esq., M. D., Edinburgh.
JOHN HAMILTON, Esq., Advocate, Edinburgh.
ALEXANDER ROSS, Esq., Edinburgh.
JAMES B. M'COMBIE, Esq. of Gillybrands.
JAMES WYLD, Esq. of Gilston.
JAMES MELLIS NAIRNE, Esq. of Dunsinane.
HENRY DUNLOP, Esq. of Craigton (Chairman of Glasgow Committee).
JOHN BAIN, Esq. of Morriston.
WILLIAM CAMPBELL, Esq. of Tillichewan.
WILLIAM BROWN, Esq., Merchant, Glasgow.
WILLIAM WHITEHEAD, Esq., South Bridge, Edinburgh.
WILLIAM JOHNSTON, Esq., St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
JOHN BLACKIE, Sen., Esq., Glasgow.
WILLIAM BUCHANAN, Esq., Glasgow.
JOHN BLACKIE, Jun., Esq., Glasgow.
ALLAN BUCHANAN, Esq., Glasgow.
ALEXANDER RANKIN, Esq., Glasgow.
GEORGE TAYLOR, Esq., Ayr.
DAVID CAMPBELL, Esq., Mounthamilton, Ayrshire.
JAMES M'ILRAITH, Esq. of Auchenflower.
WILLIAM BROWN, Esq., Banker, Maybole.
ARCHIBALD BURNS, Esq., Banker, Perth.
DAVID CRAIGIE, Esq., Banker, Perth.
THOMAS ANDERSON, Esq., Banker, Hamilton.
ROBERT PETER, Esq., Banker, Aberfeldy.
WILLIAM MACFIE, Esq. of Langhouse.
CHARLES SCOTT, Esq. of Hawkhill.
ROBERT ROXBURGH, Esq., Greenock.
JOHN KER, Esq., Greenock.
ANDREW MUNRO, Esq., Greenock.
GEORGE MUIR, Esq., Greenock.
NEIL JAMIESON, Esq., Provost of Rothsay,
ARCHIBALD M'INDOE, Esq., Rothsay.
CHARLES M'KINLAY, Esq., Rothsay.
DUGALD MUNN, Esq., Rothsay.
Rev. THOMAS BURNS (late of Monkton), Minister, to accompany the first party of Settlers.
[portion of page missing] ASSOCIATION IN EDINBURGH--21, SOUTH ST. ANDREW STREET. [portion of page missing] OFFICE IN GLASGOW--189, BUCHANAN STREET.
[portion of page missing] ALDCORN (of Oban), SECRETARY.
[ADDRESS?] FOR THE SETTLEMENT (New Zealand House, London.)
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IN introducing to public notice the proposal of establishing a Scotch Colony at Otago, in New Zealand, the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland would refer to the several documents contained in this pamphlet, as setting forth the grounds on which they conceive such a proposal to be deserving of the confidence and favourable consideration of the people of Scotland.
I. The extract from the records of the General Assembly of the Free Church is a sufficient testimony of their approbation of the general principles on which this Colony is founded: of the value of this testimony there is no need to speak, for all must be aware of it.
II. General observations explanatory of the Scheme.
III. Remarks on New Zealand as a field for British Colonisation; and (as the authorities for these remarks), extracts from Parliamentary documents, and other publications; showing the great advantages of this Colony.
IV. Description of the district of Otago, the site of the Colony.
V. Extracts from official documents relative to the Purchase and Land Title to Otago District.
VI. Arrangements for the establishment of a Settlement, and for the disposal of the Lands of the New Zealand Company, at Otago.
From these several documents, then, it will appear, that it is proposed to select, with the utmost care, an entire section of the Free Church, with its due proportion of labour and capital, and provided with its own minister and schoolmaster; and to transplant this section, so organised, to a locality, most carefully selected, i.e. New Zealand -- a country equal in extent to the [corner of page missing] Britain and Ireland, with all the smaller Islands. [corner of page missing] unrivalled in climate of extraordinary [corner of page missing] mineral treasures -- indented throughout [corner of page missing] coast with numerous harbours--ad [corner of page missing] both to the feeding of sheep, and [corner of page missing]
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of grain--and destined, in all probability, from its commanding position in reference to the great Asiatic and South American Continents, to become at some future period the great commercial emporium of the South Pacific. Whilst such an enterprise, therefore, presents no ordinary claims as a safe and good money investment, it in reality assumes a character far loftier and more important than any mere pecuniary speculation, however extensive; for, the success of such an undertaking cannot fail, under God, to exert an influence of the most valuable and enduring description upon the great cause of Christian Missions on the one hand, whilst on the other it would set a most salutary example--long and urgently wanted -- of a sound and satisfactory system of British colonisation.