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Excerpt from State Experiments in Australia New Zealand, Vol. 1 of 2
Of the Commission on the Land Laws of New South Wales, the document which did so much to open the eyes of believers in Free Trade in Land. Therefore, though 1881 was in no sense such a year of change or unrest as 1890, it so happens that almost all these chapters deal with matters which have occurred since. The suggestion that I should write some such book as this was first made to me seven years ago, and a year later I agreed to make the attempt. For the last twenty years my life's business has directly or indirectly touched upon questions treated of here, and some at least of any leisure I have had has been given up to studying them. Even earlier I had learned a little about colonial politics. Yet this undertaking has proved by no means easy. It has had to be carried out thousands of miles away from most of my sources of authority, and with small opportunity of comparing notes with colonial experts. And the book deals with a throng of reforms and changes in seven separate communities - experiments not settled and done with, but nearly all in progress, still matters of controversy - succeed.ing, failing, expanding, or being patched up month by month. The amount of revision and recast ing required has, in consequence, been considerable. What has held me to a troublesome task has been the stream of inquiries about colonial questions which has come to me without ceasing for the last half-dozen ye Ninety Englishmen out of every hundred may be quite unconcerned about colonial social experiments, and, frankly, I think they are. But there is an increasing number of students in England, on the Continent, and in America who are sincerely interested in them. A book for these students requires no apology, and no such book, covering the necessary.
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