Great Southern Land (previous entry) is quite a treasure-house of memorable statements. Take for example the august Thomas Arnold of Rugby (right), an influential prig as Frank Welsh notes.
Feeling this, and holding our West Indian colonies to be one of the worst stains in the moral history of mankind, a convict colony seems to me even more shocking and monstrous in its very conception. I do not know to what extent Van Dieman’s Land is so; but I am sure that no such evil can be done to mankind as by thus sowing with rotten seed, and raising up a nation morally tainted in its very origin. Compared with this, the bloodiest exterminations ever effected by conquest were useful and good actions. If they will colonise with convicts, I am satisfied that the stain should last, not only for one whole life, but for more than one generation, that no convict or convict’s child should ever be a free citizen; and that, even in the third generation, the offspring should be excluded, from all offices of honour or authority in the colony.
— letter to Sir John Franklin on Franklin’s appointment to the Van Dieman’s Land (Tasmanian) government.