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Signs of the Times in 1853 in The New Zealand Survey
- they rather / Display their genius in the wrong, / Browbeating justice, ’gainst a long
- Some petifoggers long will draw / Their faces, while the ambiguous law / Expounding; while their versions bland / As genuine,—having full command / Of smoothest terms—they’d down one’s throat / Well butter’d cram!—And, sure, why not? / They see their interests are affected;— / Besides,—(what must not be neglected)— / Promotion, with increase of fees, / Lies that way, well to be respected,
- Or if our legislators will, / When they begin to try their skill / At making laws, be like some rooks, / Who favour best themselves!—or books / In babies’ hands, turn’d upside down / When feigningly they lessons con; / Or if, when in some hot dispute, / They either will themselves confute / Instead of fierce opponents; or / Give cause to lengthen out a war / Of opposite opinions, more / Than needful, to clear up some point,— / Though simple, yet with knotty joint, / Grown harder, as ’tis clad with words,
- Might from their brains unfittingly / Some selfish crotchet fondly draw, / And next concoct it into law, / Which might prove worse than crocodile / Devouring of its dam!—
The Death Warrant in The New Zealand Survey
- “Alas!” she sighed, while Justice stern / The duty urged as “must be done!” / While pity made her bosom yearn / O’er the poor captive’s fate undone! / “Must such be so?” she sighed, when press’d, / (The law would not evaded be) / As stirr’d the emotions of her breast, / The tears bedew’d the sad decree!
In Memorium in The New Zealand Survey
- A gala day it was! from every spire / Rang loud aclaim, as echoing the joy / Of grateful hearts to Him who has the power / T’ award all vict’ries; sealing thus the fate / Of the disturber of each nation’s weal, / While forcing him from turmoils to retire!
- And now St. James’ Park a scene display’d / Of dazzling beauty, seldom to be seen, / As art and nature had become allied / In cheerfulness, opposed to all that’s sad! / The sun seem’d brighter in the azure sky, / And seem’d the grass to show a lovelier green; / For all felt gratitude to Him, who holds / The balance just of Power, dispensing right / The awards of justice to the fallen foe, / Of peace, as prelude to prosperity!
For several reasons, including lack of resource and inherent ambiguity, not all names in the NZETC are marked-up. This means that finding all references to a topic often involves searching. Search for Law as: "Law". Additional references are often found by searching for just the main name of the topic (the surname in the case of people).
The following collections may have holdings relevant to "Law":
- Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, which has entries for many prominent New Zealanders.
- Archives New Zealand, which has collections of maps, plans and posters; immigration passenger lists; and probate records.
- National Library of New Zealand, which has extensive collections of published material.
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, which has extensive holdings on the Auckland region and New Zealand military history.
- Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which has strong holdings in Tāonga Māori, biological holotypes and New Zealand art.
- nzhistory.net.nz, from the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.