To The Independent Electors of the Borough of Newark. George GREY.

To The Independent Electors of the Borough of Newark.

Saracen's Head, Newark: Weaver, 25 March, 1870.

Printed broadside, 505 x 380 mm.

"our Colonies would be regarded as the natural outlet for our excessive population…'

A most unusual survival: a political broadside from the later career of Sir George Grey, seeking to capitalise on his Colonial experience.

A most unusual survival: a political broadside from the later career of Sir George Grey, seeking to capitalise on his Colonial experience.

Although fresh from his ignominious recall from South Africa, Grey here announces his principles to the voters of Newark (Nottinghamshire), noting that 'as one to whom Her Majesty has repeatedly confided the important task of great dependencies, I take a deep interest in Imperial questions. I am opposed to the views of those who would advocate the severance of the Colonies from Great Britain, believing that they add to her strength, wealth, and glory… I have striven to initiate a policy of Emigration, by which… our Colonies would be regarded as the natural outlet for our excessive population…'.

Grey, an explorer and politician, made his first Australian exploration in 1838 (having cadged a lift on HMS Beagle), and went on to have a long and important career in the colonies. He was the Governor of South Australia from 1841-45, of New Zealand from 1845-53, and of the the Cape Colony from 1854-68. The present document dates from his abortive attempt to force his way into the British Parliament in 1870 as a Gladstonian Liberal who, rather perversely, was not supported by Gladstone himself (the British Prime Minister came out in full-throated support for his opponent Sir Henry Storks). The failure of Grey's bid decided him to return to New Zealand the same year.

Price (AUD): $1,250.00  other currencies Ref: #4106536

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