Excerpt from Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 1 of 2
The loyalty of the colonies is very strong. In England, to speak the truth, we do not know much about loyalty. We believe in our form Of govern ment; we believe in the Crown and in Parliament; and we believe in the practical sense Of the people at large. We are satisfied that we are doing well, and we think that should we make any material change, - such as would be the substitution Of a democratic republic for the monarchy we possess, - we should improve ourselves not at all, and might injure our selves very much. We value trial by jury, primo geniture, and an hereditary House Of Parliament, because they have helped to make us what we are; and we are generally contented with our position. This may be better than loyalty, but it is not loyalty. Now and again some spring may be touched, as when the Queen's household was attacked, or when the Prince was lying ill but the feeling thus induced is not the normal condition Of the British mind. England's greatness is too near to us at home to create senti ment - but in the far Antipodes loyalty is the con dition Of the colonist's mind. He is proud Of Eng land, though very generally angry with England because England will not do exactly what he wants. He reconciles this to his mind by telling himself that it is the England Of the past of which he is proud, and the England Of the present with which he is angry. But his hopes are as bright as his memories, - or, at any rate, less dim than his insight into the evils Of the day, - and he still clings to the prospects Of Eng land in the future. He does not like to be told that he is to be divided from her. He is in xmmm'ya.
He always speaks Of England as home. He remem bers the Queen's birthday, and knows the names Of the Queen's grandchildren. He is jealous Of the fame of Nelson and Wellington; and tells you in praise Of this or that favourite colonial orator, that - he would be listened to in the House Of Commons. All this is true loyalty, - which I take to be an adherence to cer tain persons or things from sentiment rather than from reason.
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