The Founders of Canterbury
Reigate, 31st December, 1849
My Dear Rintoul,
—I am safe for sending to-morrow a sufficient show up of the Pensioner Settlements in New Zealand.
But it has got to be so long, that, with your warning against length, I must cut New Zealand in general very short.
It shall be so done that you can cut it off altogether for this time if you please.
Supposing you will notice the Society, I would recommend an exposure of the gross but imposing fallacy, which pervades the Globe on Godley and the Examiner, and which assumes that "self-government" is necessarily democratic. It may be aristocratic or despotic. Which it would be, if we left the page 186whole colony to settle its own local government, would depend on the state of society in the colony. Only let England, a distant power which can't know what ought to be abstain from interfering. Things in the colony will shake down all right, if we do but let the colonists alone to do for themselves what they please and can.
There is self-government in England, but not democratic government. According to, the Globe and Examiner, it is a sad pity for England, that some mighty distant power does not interfere to "protect" our unrepresented classes: or, in France, to keep down the Reds and Socialists.
In the next place it is most expedient to tell the efficient scribes, that whilst they are writing these fallacies, to throw dust in the eyes of the public, which is too indifferent to enquire for itself, the colonies—the real off-shoots of England,—have taken the matter into their own hands, and are preparing to cut the connection altogether. The officials are diligent promoters of separation.