Remarks on New Zealand, in February 1846

Remarks on New Zealand, in February 1846

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...southern settlements, although it answered expectation in the north, --and after a trial it was abandoned; a return to the custom house system having become imperative, --partly owing to the failure just described, --but chiefly because of the altered state of the colony. Early in October the decisive step was taken of allowing natives to sell land direct to settlers, without any concurrent fee to government, (except an almost nominal one to cover the expenses of legal documents): and perhaps no measure emanating from the government, since it was established, gave so much real satisfaction to the native people. Under the existing circumstances of New Zealand, it is desirable that all the land in the vicinity of settlements, excepting native reserves, should pass into the hands of settlers. Many sources of quarrel may be thus removed, and the natives themselves kept farther from continual temptation. Much sensation has been caused in the colony by thus allowing natives to sell land to private persons; some residents fearing that it will lose much of its value, others dreading that the total deprivation of the natives may be caused: but in reply to these it may be stated that the more land becomes the valid 'and available property of settlers, the sooner will all land rise in value. Doubtful neighbours now prevent much that is claimed by settlers from being valuable. Neither the mission property, nor any other lands in the interior now surrounded by native possessions, will be worth anything considerable.until they have civilised and industrious neighbours. The natives are not disposed to sell land which they really want for themselves, though they do not usually regard their children's interest. The sooner all disposable...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236934679
  • 9781236934673