Selected Speeches of Sir W. Molesworth on Questions Relating to Colonial Policy

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J. Murray, 1903 - 520 psl.

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441 psl. - Orders of the House, examined the matters to them referred ; and have agreed to the following REPORT: Your Committee...
470 psl. - ... stated in the evidence, that most persons in this country, whether belonging to the criminal population, or connected with the administration of justice, are ignorant of the real amount of suffering inflicted upon a transported felon, and underrate the severity of the punishment of transportation. Nor is this to be wondered at, when it is considered that the penal colonies...
xix psl. - You must renounce the habit of telling the colonies that the colonial is a provisional existence. You must allow them to believe that, without severing the bonds which unite them to Great Britain, they may attain the degree of perfection, and of social and political development, to which organized communities of free men have a right to aspire.
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464 psl. - Let a man be what he will when he comes here, he is soon as bad as the rest ; a man's heart is taken from him, and there is given to him the heart of a beast.
464 psl. - I said a few words to induce them to resignation, and I then stated the names of those who were to die ; and it is a remarkable fact that as I mentioned the names of those men who were to die, they one after another, as their names were pronounced, dropped on their knees, and thanked God that they were to be delivered from that horrible place, whilst the others remained standing mute. It was the most horrible scene I ever witnessed. Those who were condemned to death appeared to be rejoiced.
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361 psl. - The necessity of a senate is not less indicated by the propensity of all single and numerous assemblies to yield to the impulse of sudden and violent passions, and to be seduced by factious leaders into intemperate and pernicious resolutions.
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470 psl. - ... doing mischief than of giving pain. Our present system, on the contrary, causes much more pain than terror, and incomparably more mischief than pain. Those who are thriving in the colony beyond what they could have ever hoped from honest industry at home, and those, again, who are suffering severely, the drawers of prizes and the drawers of blanks in this strange lottery...

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