New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, Rōrahi II, Putanga 90, 17 Whiringa-ā-rangi 1841, Page 3
The mail by the Ayrshire having been ells tributed yesterday, we received Liverpool papers of the Bth, and London evening papers of tbe 7th July three days later than those which had previously come to hand. The elections were still b oing on, the boasting of each party as to their success being equally loud but it was evident that the Conservatives had gained cofi- Biderably. The Queen of Hanover (Duchess of Cumberland) died on the 29tli June.
We were yesterday favoured with a Morning Chronicle of the 9th July. The leading article conmences thus, The returns received up to twelve o'clock last night were Tories 2(J2, lieformers 222. Scotland has returned 20 Reformers and 6 Tories Ireland has returned 14 Reformers and 10 Tories. The Tories Lave gained 51 seats, and the Reformers 33 seats." It must be borne in mind that this is a Whig statement.
Two documents of considerable Importance to this Colony, though not relating to it directly, are noticed in the papers. One is a report from the Committee appointed to enquire into the condition of South Australia, which contains a recommendation that both the special survey and the' uniform price system shall be done away with, and that a modified system of sale by auction be introduced that is, that large quantities of land shall be put up to auction at one time, at an increased minimum jirice, and that what is not puchased shall be open for selection afterwards at the upset price this will do' very -well for land for agricultural purposes, but settlers cannot afford to give even twelve shillings an acre, much less an increase, for land to feed sheep upon. The second document; is the Report from the Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to enquire into the distress existing among the Highlanders, and the Committee recommend, as the only mode of giving permanent relief, an extensive system of emigration, the expense to be borne by a Parliamentary grant.
Colonial Bishoprics. We perceive by the London papers that the fuud for the endowment of Colonial Bishoprics had reached to upwards of .£41,000.
Tlie reports, brought by the last vessel, oF the success of the Conservatives, is fully borne out, as they had a considerable majority, so far as the elections had terminated. Liverpool returned two Conservatives, Lord Sandon and Mr. Cresswell, defeating Lord Palmerston, who had been returned for the borough of Tiverton. London returned two Conservatives, Mr. Masterman and Mr. Lyall, and two Liberals, Alderman Wood and Lord John Russell Lord John was nearly defeated, having polled only nine more votes than Mr. Attwood. Westminster had returned a Conservative, the Hon. Captain Rous (who was in this colony about twelve years since, in H.M.S. Rainbow,) and Col. Sir De Lacy Evans. During the fever of the election all business was suspended.
By the last report of the Bank of Australasia, it appears they have been empowered to increase their capital from i;6'00,000, to .£1.200,000, and propose at an early period issuing shares to the amount of .£"'300,000, time augmenting their capital to .£900,000.
Destruction of an Immigrant Ship. On the 11th inst., the barque Ayrshire, now in quarantine, spoke the French whaling snip Roland, Capt. O. Le Casonnett, who reported that on the 19th of July, near Bihia, he saved the lives of one hundred and ninty eight persons, by taking them out of the ship India when on. fire. Eighteen persons were either burned or drowned. This dreadful accident occurred from the second mate having set fire to some spirits in the hold,, when drawing off the daily rations. The India was from Greenock, bound to Port Phillip. The Roland immediately bore up for Rio, where the inhabitants presented Capt. Casonnett with a chronometer as a testimony of their approbation of his conduct in the matter. A ship had been freighted to convey the passengers on to Port Phillip.