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The New Zealand Journal, Saturday, May 02 (1840)

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Meeting in Glasgow in Favour of The Systematic Colonization of New Zealand.

The great commercial city of Glasgow has followed the example of the city of London, and is about to publish to the world an expression of its opinion on the systematic colonization of New Zealand.
A requisition has been addressed to the Lord Provost, signed by the merchants, bankers, and shipowners, of that enterprising city, and the meeting will take place on Monday. A correspondent says:—"The requisition which has been addressed to the Lord Provost is more numerously and respectably signed than any requsition for a public meeting ever before presented in the city of Glasgow." The signatures comprise most of the considerable merchants, shipowners, and bankers, and it is generally expected that the meeting will be well attended.
The following is a copy of the requisition:—
To the Honourable the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow.
My Lord, Glasgow. 25th April, 1840.
We, the undersigned Merchants, Bankers, Shipowners, and others of the city of Glasgow, request your Lordship will convene a Public Meeting, to be held on an early day, of all friendly to the British colonization of New Zealand, for the purpose of petitioning Her Majesty and both houses of Parliament to adopt immediate measures for asserting the right of the British Crown to the valuable islands of New Zealand, subject to the rights of the native inhabitants; for preventing any aggression by the French, who threaten to establish a convict colony in the country, or by any other power; and for establishing British law and authority, for the protection of our countrymen who have already gone, and the numerous body who are preparing to follow, to settle in New Zealand, as well as of the native inhabitants, who have often expressed then anxious wish for such protection, by the exercise of British sovereignty. We are, my Lord,
Your Lordship's most obedient servants.
(Signed by upwards of one hundred and fifty commercial houses.)
The Resolutions intended to be proposed are as follows:—
1st, That since the discovery of the Islands of New Zealand, by our countryman Captain Cook, in 1669, and the taking formal possession of them in name of his Majesty George the Third, the right of the British Crown to New Zealand, subject to the natural rights of the aboriginal inhabitants, has never been questioned; and, in the opinion of this meeting, this right still exists, notwithstanding his Majesty William the Fourth having presented a dag to a few of the Chiefs in the northern part of the Northern Island, which can never be construed as an abrogation of the preferable right of the British Crown to all other powers, in virtue of prior discovery.
2d, That the meeting regard New Zealand, to use the words of Lord Normanby, in his instructions to Captain Hobson—"As of the very greatest importance to the interests of Great Britain, and are sensible of the great natural resources by which that country is distinguished; and that its geographical position must in time either of peace or war enable it, in the hands of civilised men, to exercise a paramount influence in that quarter of the world, and that there is probably no part of the earth in which colonization could be effected with a greater or surer prospect of national advantage."
3d, That in the present circumstances of this country, when, among all classes, great numbers find it so difficult to procure employment, or any adequate remuneration for their labour, and when there prevails so strong and so general a spirit for emigration, the British Colonization of New Zealand is an object worthy of national regard, as opening up a new field for the employment of British capital and labour—creating employment for our shipping and a new market for our goods—and all undertakings, on the part of Individuals or companies, if wisely and judiciously planned, and calculated to advance this object, deserve the encouragement of the British Government.
"4th, That a large body of emigrants, both from England and Scotland, have already gone to settle in New Zealand, and there are great numbers of intelligent, industrious, and well-behaved men, in various parts of Scotland, who, with their wives and families, are desirous of following their countrymen, and are ready to go during the present year; but the circumstance of the French making pretensions to New Zealand, and threatening to establish a penal Colony there, has naturally alarmed them, as well as all others who are interested in the British Colonization of New Zealand, and therefore it is necessary to call on the legislature of the country to take immediate steps for preventing any such aggression by the French, or any other foreign power, and for preserving inviolate the rights of the British Crown.
5th, That those of our countrymen who have gone, and those who are anxious to follow, as setters in New Zealand, ought to be encouraged and protected in the great and patriotic enterprise in which they have so worthily engaged; and it is the opinion of this meeting that it is incumbent on the British Government at once to erect New Zealand into a British colony, independent of New South Wales, so as to extend British law and protection in the fullest manner to the colonists; and also to adopt a proper system of land sales, and application of the fund thence derived, in giving free passages to labourers, so as to insure a full supply of labour to the colony, and thus promote its advancement and prosperity.
6th, That petitions to her Majesty, and both Houses of Parliament, founded on the foregoing resolutions, be forthwith made out, and signed, and that the petition to her Majesty be presented by—;that to the House of Lords by—; and that to the House of Commons
by —.

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