Much good has been expected both at homo and in the Colony from the exertions of the Companies which have been established in England and Scotland for the purpose of Colonizing New Zealand, but we venture to assert that if the good and evil were fairly weighed in opposite scales, it would be found that the balanco was much in favour of the latter. Instead of advancing New Zealand (as might have been expected) we regret to say that these companies have had a decidedly opposite effect. It is true that by means of them several persons havo been induced to emigrate to this Colony, and so far it might seem at first that a benefit has boon conferred ; but if we look into the circumstances under which these emigrants have been induced to come to our countiy, as woll as at their condition and occupation since their arrival, we shall be obliged to say that neither the Colony nor the emigrants themselves have been benefitted. Tho emigrants havo on the whole been disappointed in their hopes and expectations, becauso they were deceived by the Companies and their agents. They havo paid money for lands which many of them have not until this day been enabled to possess. They have in consequence been prevented from forwarding either their own interests or those of tho country they, camo to settlo in. If the settlers under the New Zealand Company have been badly treated, the victims of tho Manukau speculators or Company ! ! have been still more so ; and it is now high time that Government should cnquiro into their condition, and take up their case. Certain circumstances have recently obliged them to intorfcro with tho conduct of tho New Zealand Company, and although the sufferers under tho Manukau Schemers aro not so numerous or so influential as thoso of the other Company, they arc still entitled to demand and to reccivq assistnnco from the Local Government. Of all the schemes devised for gulling and deceiving people, tho Manakau Company was decidedly the most barefaced and impudent that wo have ever heard of. Four or ilvo individuals, residing at Edinburgh, without capital or name, have contrived to set up a claim to a tract of country in New Zealand, to which it is a matter of doubt if they have or ever had any title, but bo that s.i 't, may, they havo succeeded by dint of puniir>- rid advertising to waylay the caution j of several Pcotchmen, who in a moment of j impruebnee parted with their money for lands they hud never seen, perhaps never heard of, excepting through the parties whose interest it was to deceive them. Many of those purchasers of ideal town allotments and fine imaginary country sections have ly-on for the last three years in this country patiently waiting, in the hope that tho Mauukau Company would fulfil their promise tj them, but we fear they may wait long enough before they hear any thing further of the Manukau Company. From.the character of some of the persons connected with that Company, we must say that we should not be disposed to expect much from them. A set of men who went to work in the way they did, must, to say the least of it, bo rather
indifferent about the ordinary principles which guide men in their intercourse with one another. To receive the money of poor people for lands which they were not at the time in a condition to put theso people in possession of was bad enough, but it was still worse not to make any efforts towards effecting that object. The untimely fate of the first and only agent of tho Company in the Colony might have been pleaded as some oxcusc for tho treatment oJ tho settlers of tho Manukau Company, but we doubt much that matters would have been any thing better even if Captain Symonds were alive. But why have tho Company made no further efforts to fulfil their promises to their victims ? They i have not as yet as much as made an effort ito prove tho purchase from tho Natives, although they havo received several thousand pounds from tho parties they have victimized at home, and afterwards sent on a wild gooso chase to New Zealand. Wo believe a town has been painted on paper and called Cornwallis (Dundonald would have been a more befitting name), but any thing further wo have not heard of tho proceedings of this faitlilcss Company. No attempt has been made to survey country lands, if any such exist, and wo believe that several persons specially engaged in Scotland, and actually employed by tho Company's agent- or vice agent, are still without their wages. Wo would seriously recommend the Governor to enquire- into this subject, and if it shall bo found that the Mauakau Company I havo really bought auy lands from the Natives, tho Government ought at onco either j to allot these lands to tho parties who havo purchased from the Company, or to give them other lands in exchange near this settlement, deducting tho value of such lauds from any award that might hereafter bo' mado in favour of the Company. As a matter of policy, duty, and humanity, the Government are bound to interfere in this xnattor. The disappointment of private individuals through the conduct of the New Zealand and Manakau Companies has done very serious injury to this Colony. Wo wish there never had been a Company in connexion with New Zealand, or, if thero had, that it had consisted of honest men, who would not receivo money for lands which they had not to give. The parties who wore seduced by Mr. Roy and his Coadjutors, must havo been certainly rather gullablo, but they are nevertheless entitled to tlio protection of tho Government. Tho Dundonald case would have been enough for us.
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