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SOME PASSAGES IN THE HISTORY OF VAN DIEMEN'S LAND



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The following pages have been written chiefly for my friends in Van Diemen's Land in order not to leave them in ignorance of the steps which I have taken to vindicate the honour of my late office, and my character as their Governor, from ex-parte representations on points on which, so long as I exercised the functions of government, I was precluded from offering any explanations.   Misrepresentations therefore long remained to a great degree uncontradicted by myself and unrefuted by my friends, not from want of goodwill on their part but from want of a sufficient knowledge of all the facts.   The especial reference I have made to Van Diemen's Land will account for much minuteness and many circumstantial details which may seem somewhat tedious and obscure to those of my readers less informed and less interested in local matters than my Tasmanian friends. But there is not a single observation, however trivial, which is not intended to meet some special point on which studious misrepresentation has either been made or may be anticipated.   I have ventured on no statements which I cannot prove, though I have refrained in many instances from bringing the proof forward, either from consideration to individuals whose interests might be compromised, or from the regard which I consider due to the confidence of social intercourse.   A few words may be necessary to account for the delay in the appearance of the pamphlet. When all hope of any satisfactory adjustment of my differences with the Colonial Office was at an end, and the only alternative left me was a resort to the present step, circumstances of too private a nature to enter into here, unavoidably prevented its commencement.   The work most reluctantly begun has occupied more time than I had anticipated. It was very far from being finished when the preparations for the Arctic expedition called off my thoughts and time to other duties more congenial to my habits, and still more imperative; and thus it has happened that, to my extreme vexation and regret, I find the day of my departure at hand without the satisfaction I had expected of seeing my pamphlet out of the press. This delay has however given me the advantage of receiving from Van Diemen's Land the documents contained in the Postscript. I have had this part of the work printed off and have enclosed a copy to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.   In executing a task which has been exceedingly painful to me and altogether foreign to my tastes and habits, I trust it will be found that I have studiously avoided the introduction of matter inculpating others except where it could not be avoided without destroying the integrity of my narrative, or where it was required in justice to myself.

Detalhes do Produto

    • Ano de Edição: 2013
    • Ano:  2013
    • País de Produção: Canada
    • Código de Barras:  2000794493918
    • ISBN:  1230000192992

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