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1833. Excerpt: ... counting bills--security is insisted on, and
mortgages declined, lest land should be obtained instead of money.
The quarter of the globe in which all these profits are to be
safely made is so little known, that capital has not been drawn to
it. As a certain sign of the attractiveness of this place,
notwithstanding that Calcutta is now rousing all our wishes to
return, we have almost come to a determination, that it will be
preferable to come hither three or four years hence, with a little
money, than to stay, and dare disease and death in Bengal; indeed,
there are here so many advantages, that were any calamity to fall
upon any of our hitherto lucky family, the sufferers might still
have a chance of happiness, and plenty, by coming to Van Diemen's
Land. I shall endeavour to take advantage of what I know concerning
this place for this express object. Conceive what fifteen years'
accumulation, at fifteen per cent., would add to our fortune. Were
you a poor man, I could not recommend to you a better mode of
creating a fortune for your children than on their birth, to send
out 100/. or 200Z., to be invested here in building-land, sheep,
cattle, bank-stoek, or whale fishery shares--but you are rich.
Great communication with India will soon be brought about, to the
benefit of the colony, and I am glad to have been one of its first
visitors. I should not be much surprised if I pay this place
another visit within two years; and if I do, I will make the most
of it, so help me, dollars and rupees I have only to bring down a
broken-winded done-up Arab, or two, and their prices, as colonial
breeders, will pay my current expenses, whilst the little money I
may have may all be laid out. In making such investments, the two
great points to be observed are obviously the ...
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