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New South Wales; its Present State and Future Prospects : Being a statement, with documentary evidence, submitted in support of petitions to His Majesty and Parliament
London: D. Walther, 1837. Octavo, with a handcoloured folding map, and folding statistical table, a fine copy in the publisher's green moiré cloth. Macarthur and the failure of transportation. A well-reasoned investigation into the failure of transportation published by James Macarthur, the fourth son of established pastoralist and colonial entrepreneur Captain John Macarthur. The book was prepared to give strength to a petition of some 427 signatories wanting change. James Macarthur was charged with delivering the petition from Australian landowners and members of the establishment to the House of Commons. For this purpose he travelled to London and here published this book compiled by Edward Edwards from materials supplied by Macarthur. Furthermore, the book includes essays on the state of the church in New South Wales contributed by the Reverend John Dunmore Lang and Archbishop John Polding. The book is well reasoned and thoughtful, seeking to distance the petitioners from the popular public protest and condemnation of the convict system, and present them to Parliament as reasonable and respectable men. In this regard, the continuation of transportation is questioned in its entirety alongside the legal encumbrances faced by convicts upon the expiration of their sentence. The petitioners believe that New South Wales has outgrown the stigma of its founding purpose, and that greatest promise for the future lies in the free emigration and settlement. From the library of William Ord (1781-1855), British parliamentarian and member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with his bookplate.
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