The history of Tasmania, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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H. Dowling, 1852 - Tasmania
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Page 33 - Young man, there is America which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men, and uncouth manners ; yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.
Page 33 - Mr. Speaker, I cannot prevail on myself to hurry over this great consideration. It is good for us to be here. We stand where we have an immense view of what is, and what is past. Clouds, indeed, and darkness, rest upon the future. Let us, however, before we descend from this noble eminence, reflect that this growth of our national prosperity has happened within the short period of the life of man. It has happened within sixty-eight years. There are those alive whose memory might touch the two extremities.
Page 23 - Where Sydney Cove her lucid bosom swells, Courts her young navies and the storm repels, High on a rock, amid the troubled air, Hope stood sublime, and wav'd her golden hair...
Page 33 - If this state of his country had been foretold to him, would it not require all the sanguine credulity of youth, and all the fervid glow of enthusiasm, to make him believe it ? Fortunate man, he has lived to see it ! Fortunate, indeed, if he lives to see nothing that shall vary the prospect, and cloud the setting of his day ! Excuse me, Sir, if turning from such thoughts I resume this comparative view once more.
Page 271 - I do not think that that time is yet approaching. But let us make them as far as possible fit to govern themselves ; let us give them, as far as we can, the capacity of ruling their own affairs ; let them increase in wealth and population ; and, whatever may happen, we of this great empire shall have the consolation of saying that we have contributed to the happiness of the world.
Page 33 - If amidst these bright and happy scenes of domestic honour and prosperity, that angel should have drawn up the curtain, and unfolded the rising glories of his country, and whilst he was gazing with admiration on the then commercial grandeur of England, the genius should point out to him a little...
Page 322 - ... being pressed, he was forced to try to swim across the arm of the sea, which, at the place where he took the water, cannot have been less than two miles broad. In spite of a fresh breeze and a...
Page 33 - Whatever England has been growing to by a progressive increase of improvement brought in by varieties of people, by succession of civilizing conquests, and civilizing settlements, in a series of seventeen hundred years, you shall see as much added to her by America in the course of a single life...
Page 326 - Petrels as we had never seen equalled. There was a stream of from fifty to eighty yards in depth, and of three hundred yards, or more, in breadth; the birds were not scattered but flying as compactly as a free movement of their wings seemed to allow; and during a full hour and a half, this stream of petrels continued to pass without interruption, at a rate little inferior to the swiftness of the pigeon. On the lowest computation I think the number could not have been less than a hundred millions...
Page 322 - ... two. I can give no idea of the length of time it took him to run this distance, but it took us something more than two hours ; and it was evident...

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