Speeches of Sir William Molesworth, Bart. M.P. in the House of Commons during the Session of 1850, on the Bill for the Better Government of the Australian Colonies. TRANSPORTATION, Sir William MOLESWORTH.
Speeches of Sir William Molesworth, Bart. M.P. in the House of Commons during the Session of 1850, on the Bill for the Better Government of the Australian Colonies.

Speeches of Sir William Molesworth…
Speeches of Sir William Molesworth, Bart. M.P. in the House of Commons during the Session of 1850, on the Bill for the Better Government of the Australian Colonies.

London: James Ridgway, 1850.

Octavo, 76 pp.; in recent half green cloth, marbled boards.

Important speech on transportation

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.

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.

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.'

From the Bonython collection, with bookplate, and later from the library of Dr. Robert Edwards AO.

Ferguson, 5461.

Condition Report: Very good.

Price (AUD): $800.00

US$622.09   Other currencies

Ref: #4107106

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