Speeches of Sir William Molesworth… on the Bill for the Better Government of the Australian Colonies. Sir William MOLESWORTH.
Speeches of Sir William Molesworth… on the Bill for the Better Government of the Australian Colonies.

Speeches of Sir William Molesworth… on the Bill for the Better Government of the Australian Colonies.

London: James Ridgway, 1850.

Octavo, 76 pp., original brown printed wrappers bound in, owner's name and stamp for "W.B. Rhodes", in red crushed morocco by Sangorski.

From the library of a New Zealand settler

A heated address to parliament delivered by Sir William Molesworth, a radical English M.P. who significantly contributed to the demise of transportation to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land. From the library of a prominent whaling entrepreneur who first sailed for New South Wales in 1834.

A heated address to parliament delivered by Sir William Molesworth, a radical English M.P. who significantly contributed to the demise of transportation to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land. From the library of a prominent whaling entrepreneur who first sailed for New South Wales in 1834.

Author of the famous 1837 report condemning transportation, Molesworth consistently advocated political self-determination for the colonies. In this speech he speaks in stark terms of the consequences of denying freedom to the Australian colonies while continuing convict transportation en-masse. He eloquently surmises their frustration: 'many of the colonists, unfortunately believing their rulers to be selfish and faithless, have begun to despair, and in despair ask one another how they can redress their grievances'. Molesworth then warns that the Canadian rebellion and agitation at the Cape Colony are openly discussed in Australia as viable alternatives to the present status quo.

Directed against recalcitrant members of the Colonial Office, Molesworth's speech draws upon the British loss of American colonies to stress the need for urgent change: 'we ought to maintain our colonial empire; because we knew that discontent prevailed throughout our colonies; because we believed that a train of errors, similar to that which lost us the United States, was endangering the colonial possessions that remained… because we despaired of any such reform coming from the Colonial Office.'

This copy was owned by the South Seas whaler and New Zealand settler William Barnard Rhodes, by the time this work was published having established his reputation as the "millionaire of Wellington".

Condition Report: Old tape repairs marking the wrappers, but an excellent copy.

Price (AUD): $900.00

US$676.12   Other currencies

Ref: #4107058

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