Page:The Present State and Prospects of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales.djvu/142

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Having given the best idea I could of the Port Phillip district, and the inducements it holds out to the emigrant, which seem to me to be very considerable, and to arise from its natural, and therefore permanent advantages, and at the same time not having attempted to conceal the sacrifices necessarily consequent on all emigration to a new country, and those more peculiarly attending it in this colony, but which, as they can be removed by the interference of the legislature, I should hope would be but temporary,[1] I allude now to the tenure of land, and the mode in which it is disposed of by the crown, and not to monetary difficulties, which, on the contrary, I consider an advantage to the new settler, as they enable him to purchase every thing at a very low rate, thereby enhancing the value of his capital. Having thus, with as much impartiality as I can command, laid before the public the means of forming an opinion on this subject, I will now give to those who think that the inducements to emigrate to

  1. I am happy to say, that there is a prospect of some improvement being made in the position of the squatters, as by recent accounts from the colony it appears that Sir George Gipps has recommended to the home government a course which, I understand, is likely to prove highly favourable to them.