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that he was offered employment at the same time by the proprietors of two colonial newspapers, — the Sydney Gazette, which is published three times, and the Monitor, which is published twice a week. He was pleased to accept employment in the former of these establishments, of which he soon obtained the entire management and control; the proprietors being the widow and children of the former editor, and the actual editor being an emancipated convict, of dissipated character and improvident habits, who was consequently a fit person to become the tool and accomplice of artful villany.

Such were the two hopeful individuals who were thus duly authorized and enabled, so lately as during the years 1834 and 1835, to read lectures thrice a week, to the whole colony of New South Wales, on matters of government and legislation; on the manner in which convicts ought to he treated in a penal colony, and on the very slight difference that there really was either in character or conduct (for such was the usual style and tendency of their writings) between free emigrants and convicts. In short, I have no hesitation in expressing it as my belief and conviction, that it was the uniform tendency and design of the writings of these individuals, as it has also been that of all other public writers of convict origin