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Colonial Gazette (Newspaper) - April 1, 1840, London, Middlesex
No 71.1 the f prick six pin of. London wednesday april 1, 1810. Published at tiie office of tiie Spectator. Convict colonization of new zealand by France. Sipline in the immediate neighbourhood of native tribes and British settlements. It is Only in a desert country like new Holland where Bush ranging is the Way to death by starvation that the inexplicable proceedings of the government with respect to convicts can be retained in a state of Dur Anee. In new the colonization of new zealand have had even a worse result than those anticipated who foresaw much of their evil tendency. An expedition has sailed from Floe fort for the purpose of forming a French Colony in new zealand and not Only a French Colony in what was Long deemed and treated As a 44 dependency of the territory of new South Wales and therefore part of the British dominions but a penal Colony in the neighbourhood of the spot zealand they would escape with impunity would mix with the natives and our own runaway convicts from Australia and would soon if they wore not shot Down like wild beasts Render the islands a hell upon Earth. But they would he destroyed by the organized British settlers. Perhaps that is Louis Philippe s object for it is said that he contemplates sending to new zealand the political prisoners who overfill his gaols. Here where the body of the Queen s subjects who emigrated last year a oui be further occasion for War Between the nations. But sup Are probably by this time established. Posing even that French convict colonization could be maintained our information on the subject is too precise and authentic to in new zealand without War Between this country and France admit of doubt. It appears that immediately after the Publica Tion of a certain Treasury minute bearing Date 19th july 1839, see colonial Gazette no. 37, whereby the sovereignty of the British Crown in new zealand was repudiated the Public press of a shame Fulfand a blessed thing so that probably the Southern Forth be the 44 Dunghill " of France Only but at ence what a Prospect for All that part of the world As if we had not sufficiently polluted it by our own system of penal transportation Well it is presumed1, that our government is about to abolish the 44 shameful France abounded in Calls upon the government of that country to Lam s will h imitate our own by endeavouring to obtain a cession of territory and a of vents tie convict colonization of new zealand by France will Sovereign rights from the native chiefs that to these Calls the be a memorable even t in the history of the British Umpire. Government of France gave a ready ear while our own was throwing every possible obstacle in the Way of the British subjects then about to emigrate that a company has been formed at Jia vre for the purpose of colonizing new zealand and has obtained. From the government a Grant of Money a number of men picked from the Bishops and Tiik clergy Reserve question. Tin ministerial papers desirous of course to get credit to the the Royal Navy and a commission to Reserve As the site of a penal government for what is termed or. Poi Kyt Thomson s 44 Settle settlement a fifth of any lands which they shall obtain. One ship ment of the clergy unnerve question Are exceedingly indignant belonging to this company has already sailed and it is said that at the opposition of the Bishops to that measure and assuredly others will follow presently. Their destination is Banks s Benin if the act passed by the Assembly of upper Canada were a Settle Sula in the South Island where it is alleged that a Captain Lan ment of the question the Bishops would deserve All the abuse that Glois one of the company is the proprietor of a considerable is lavished on them by the government organs this is the subject territory purchased from the natives. We learn finally that her which has been without t exception the most fruitful source of strife majesty s ministers have been for some time aware of these facts and disaffection in upper Canada and which most requires to be but have taken no Steps in consequence. It is not our present purpose to inquire whether the very same performed at the same time As those which converted new kid to Wales Vandiemen s land and Norfolk Island into de ocies of the British Crown which is the Case for British sovereignty in new zealand really established a British Dominion disposed of before the Colony can be ruled in peace those therefore who would impede its settlement Are the worst enemies of the Colony and of the colonial connexion. But such a character is not properly attributable to the Bishops in this Case. They oppose governor Thomson measure but they do not oppose a settlement of the clergy Reserve question and for this simple Zient of in the latter islands unquestionable by foreign Powers according to reason that governor Thomson s measure is not a settlement the Law of nations that is a subject which must be discussed in the question. It is a i nere pretence at disposing of the subject parliament. Nor shall we Here venture to opine to what extent a Sham settlement which h would perhaps occasion More instead of subsequent acts of the government May have amounted to an less discontent than heretofore and those whose Sanction of it is abandonment of such sovereignty for the mystery which the co described As that of the people of a ppr Canada Are in fact a most Jovial office has observed in this matter As yet deprives the Public unpopular body notoriously representing but a Small minority of of sufficient information Whereon to bund a . But the colonists an Assembly whose existence is an usurpation urns this we May now say with the Assurance of general sympathy that much As it has beep prolonged in themselves beyond its Legal term if in truth France has acquired by acts or omissions of the British and who Are sure to be replaced at the next election by a body who government a right to colonize new zealand the British government has been enormously negligent of the Public interests confided to its care. For now let us briefly note the evils which must inevitably result from the establishment of a French penal Colony in new zealand. Would have instantly rejected governor Thomson s measure. It is an unpopular plan recommended by a very unpopular Assembly. If it become Law the question will be As Little settled As Ever. That question is one of the first whatever May be done with governor Thomson s measure that will occupy the United be those islands May be said to command the Southern Pacific. Gis lature of Canada. Hether it pass into a Law for want of they lie in the direct track of vessels homeward bound from the australian colonics. An enemy secured in the Possession of a Good Harbour there might either Cut up a valuable and rapidly increasing Branch of our Trade or would put us to the expense of a feet for its Protection. That any foreign Power there established would soon become an enemy seems More than probable when one recollects How Manv wars have been occasioned by the a rivalries and disputes of neighbouring colonies planted by different nations. Such colonics have invariably quarrelled about bound a Aries by land and sea and have drawn their Parent states into hostilities. The Rich soil of new zealand abounding in exportable products with the prolific fishing grounds of its neighbourhood would give room for innumerable disputes not to mention another element of discord in the aboriginal tribes generally at War among themselves and sure when they get into collision with one it of colonists to be aided by the other. The chances Are that before the end of this session of parliament the French and the Jel Glish will be quarrelling in new zealand about Laud or water or Ini dunce with some native tribe and that they should Long maintain distinct nationalities in so Small a country so peopled without coming to blows is utterly impossible. The French government May not know what is the fact that the natives of new zealand have been taught by the Vagabond English who have Long inhabited French. A. R of the country the most hostile feelings towards the massacre of the first body of French settlers by the natives set on and assisted by runaway Sailor and convicts is an event that should Surprise nobody. Wished then comes the impossibility of maintaining convict Dis but suppose the French Colony Esta opposition Here or he disavowed by the Crown on an address from either House of Larli Amei it is a matter of indifference As respects the future. In either Case the clergy Reserve question will still he the " duration o f questions in Canada. But As or. Thomson has attempted to set.1 if thin question it is not to matter of indifference to him or the whether his plan be accepted or rejected. It would be a Grea t Point for both of those parties to pass off a Sham settlement of the quest Ion for a real one though but for twelve months. This is All t hat the Lii shops will prevent if they procure the disallowance of hat he would said Long go do Hiram s recommendations. We 14 Burn his fingers if he touched the clergy at serve question whether or not his plan of two established churches instead it oui
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