• ‘What A Strange Person’ – Captain Joseph Thomas

    “You know what a strange person [Captain Joseph]Thomas is; and though [John Cowell] Boys and I received a handsome testimonial from him on the occasion of our discharge he has followed up the injury of disappointing us by constant snubbing and insulting conduct. However, we have restrained ourselves, taken everything quite coolly, and been careful …

  • ‘No Means Favourites Here’ – Edward Gibbon Wakefield and Henry Sewell

    “You will see that E.G. [Edward Gibbon]Wakefield (pictured) and Mr. [Henry] Sewell are no means favourites  here, and that they will find more difficulty than they anticipated in saddling the colony with the [Canterbury] Association’s debt, or selling certain lands and buildings which are either reserved for the public purposes or built with the money …

  • ‘More Wonderful Than Ever’ – James Edward Fitzgerald

    “He had grown more wonderful than ever, in dress and appearance. His hair is all brushed and shaved away from his face, except (for) a very long mustache and on hot days he used to wear the most frightful long brown holland blouse, left very open, with a belt and a turn-down collar, and on …

  • ‘Great Beyond Measure’ – John Robert Godley

    “There was one feature in his character which is not a popular one, and which he never cared to conceal or control, and that was his unmitigated hatred and contempt for humbug of every kind: whether it appeared in the form of dishonesty in money matters, or hypocrisy in religion, or of corruption in public …

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