Two Years in New South Wales, Volume 2

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H. Colburn, 1827 - New South Wales
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Page 53 - Free-will they one way disavow, Another, nothing else allow. All piety consists therein In them, in other men all sin. Rather than fail, they will defy That which they love most tenderly, Quarrel with minc'd pies, and disparage Their best and dearest friend, plum-porridge; Fat pig and goose itself oppose, And blaspheme custard through the nose. Th...
Page 55 - Hampton takes its name. Here Britain's statesmen oft the fall foredoom Of foreign tyrants, and of nymphs at home; Here thou, great Anna ! whom three realms obey, Dost sometimes counsel take—and sometimes tea. Hither the heroes and the nymphs resort, To taste awhile the pleasures of a court; , In various talk th...
Page 232 - It is well chosen then," replied my friend, " as you cannot be at a loss for actors." Sometimes, too, they hold regular Old-Bailey * In English, three chests broken and robbed. sessions, and try individuals in exquisite mock-heroic style. Another friend of mine, who had the heavy charge of three hundred and seventy-two, happening to be a little short-sighted, glided disrespectfully one day into the very middle of the court, with his hat on ; and no doubt felt most awkward on finding himself in such...
Page 66 - ... the town containing twenty-two agents for the management of shipping affairs ; eleven auctioneers for expeditiously disposing of colonial and foreign wares ; a chamber of commerce to push forward and watch over colonial enterprise, effect insurances, and arbitrate in matters relating to shipping ; two flourishing banks, dividing forty per cent, on their advances ; and three newspapers, (one weekly, and two printed twice a week,) in one of which I counted one day 124 advertisements.
Page 46 - Currency, in contradistinction to Sterling, or those born in the mother country. The name was originally given by a facetious paymaster of the seventy-third regiment quartered here, - the pound currency being at that time inferior to the pound sterling.
Page 250 - ... and quiz him on the particular subjects of his achievements; praise the wonderful expertness with which he had done the farmers out of their grunters, and propose a partnership concern on reaching the colony, if the pigs there were found to be worth stealing! —I really believe the poor creature was kept in existence a full month solely by the exhilarating conversation of his companion. On anchoring at Sydney no time was lost...
Page 109 - Convicts of but recent migration are facetiously known by the name of canaries, by reason of the yellow plumage in which they are fledged at the period of landing; but when fairly domiciliated, they are more respectfully spoken of under the loyal designation of government men, the term convict being erased by a sort of general tacit compact from our Botany dictionary as a word too ticklish to be pronounced in these sensitive latitudes.
Page 39 - ... should place them at the very zero of civilization, constituting in a measure the connecting link between man and the monkey tribe ? — for really some of the old women only seem to require a tail to complete the identity...
Page 47 - Currency adversaries in a quarrel. It is then, "You saucy baggage, how dare you set up your Currency crest at me? I am Sterling, and that I'll let you know!" To all acquainted with the open manly simplicity of character displayed by this part of our population, its members are the theme of universal praise; and, indeed, what more can be said in their favour, than that they are little tainted with the vices so prominent among their parents!
Page 262 - ... their long-indulged inclinations by sheer brute force, you produce no moral regeneration, but rather engender an accumulation of vice which will break out with overwhelming impetus when restraint is taken off. By being suffered to live in concubinage with the sailors during the voyage, they became initiated in the moral principle of personal attachment, unknown to them before. The great evil of such an arrangement was, that the sailors often married them at the end of the voyage; when Jack, as...

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