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No expedition of settlers ought to take place until a large one be ready—The emigrants a distinct society before their departure—Means of concert and co-operation—Preparatory measures for religious instruction, education, a well-planned town, and written laws—Colonial Newspaper.

Considering that the new settlement, though distant from England, will be close to settlements abounding in food and stock, there is only one way in which the distance between South Australia and England may prove unfavourable to the early prosperity of the colony. To so distant a place, a sufficiently large and wealthy body of colonists may not be disposed to emigrate in the first instance. Many who will approve of the plan of the colony, and who will have made up their minds to emigrate upon hearing a favourable report of the working of that plan, yet may not be disposed to join the first expedition. But if those who form the first expedition should be too few for the immediate establishment of a complete society, there would be some risk, at least, of the first report from the colony being unfavourable.

As the terms co-operation and social order are wholly inapplicable to a single person, so are they not fully applicable to less than such a number as comprises all ranks and conditions, and a sufficient number of each class, for that concert or combination on which