It often strikes a man to inquire - what is the chief good in life:
- to one the thought comes that it is a happy marriage,
- to another great wealth,
- and as each seizes on his idea,
- for that he more or less works for the rest of his existence.
To myself thinking over the same question the wish came:
- to render myself useful to my country.
- I then asked myself - how could I?
And after reviewing the various methods I have felt that</b>:
- at the present day we are actually limiting our children and
- perhaps bringing into the world half the human beings we might
- owing to the lack of country for them to inhabit
- that if we had retained America,
- there would at this moment be millions more of English living.
I contend, that we are the finest race in the world:
- and that the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race.
- Just fancy those parts that are at present inhabited by the most despicable specimens of human beings
- what an alteration there would be, if they were brought under Anglo-Saxon influence,
- look again at the extra employment a new country added to our dominions gives.
I contend, that every acre added to our territory means
- in the future birth to some more of the English race
- who otherwise would not be brought into existence.
Added to this the absorption of the greater portion of the world under our rule
- simply means the end of all wars,
- at this moment had we not lost America, I believe
- we could have stopped the Russian-Turkish war by merely refusing money and supplies
Having these ideas, what scheme could we think of to forward this object?
- I look into history and
- I read the story of the Jesuits
- I see what they were able to do in a bad cause and
- I might say under bad leaders.
- At the present day I become a member of the Masonic order
- I see the wealth and power they possess,
- the influence they hold and
- I think over their ceremonies and I wonder
- that a large body of men can devote themselves to what at times appear the most ridiculous and absurd rites
- without an object and without an end.
- The idea gleaming and dancing before ones eyes like a will-of-the-wisp at last frames itself into a plan.
Why should we not form a secret society
- with but one object the furtherance of the British Empire and
- the bringing of the whole uncivilised world under British rule
- for the recovery of the United States
- for the making the Anglo-Saxon race but one Empire.
- What a dream, but yet it is probable, it is possible.
I once heard it argued by a fellow in my own college
- I am sorry to own it by an Englishman,
- that it was good thing for us that we have lost the United States
-. There are some subjects, on which there can be no arguments,
- and to an Englishman this is one of them
But even from an American’s point of view:
- just picture what they have lost,
- look at their government,
- are not the frauds that yearly come before the public view a disgrace to any country?
- and especially their’s, which is the finest in the world.
- Would they have occurred, had they remained under English rule?
- great as they have become,
- how infinitely greater they would have been,
- with the softening and elevating influences of English rule
- think of those countless 000’s of Englishmen,
- that during the last 100 years would have crossed the Atlantic and
- settled and populated the United States.
- Would they have not made without any prejudice a finer country of it,
- than the low class Irish and German emigrants?
All this we have lost and that country loses owing to whom?
- Owing to 2 or 3 ignorant, pig-headed statesmen of the last century,
- at their door lies the blame.
- Do you ever feel mad? Do you ever feel murderous?
- I think I do with those men.
- I bring facts to prove my assertion:
- Does an English father, when his sons wish to emigrate, ever think of suggesting emigration to a country under another flag?
- never — it would seem a disgrace to suggest such a thing
- I think that we all think that poverty is better under our own flag
- than wealth under a foreign one.
Put your mind into another train of thought - fancy Australia discovered and colonised under the French flag
- what would it mean?
- merely several millions of English unborn that at present exist
We learn from the past to form our future
- We learn from having lost to cling to what we possess.
- We know the size of the world - we know the total extent.
- Africa is still lying ready for us - it is our duty to take it.
- It is our duty to seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory and
- we should keep this one idea steadily before our eyes
- that more territory simply means:
--- more of the Anglo-Saxon race
--- more of the best the most human,
--- most honourable race the world possesses.
To forward such a scheme, what a splendid help a secret society would be?
- a society not openly acknowledged,
- but who would work in secret for such an object.
- I contend that there are at the present moment numbers of the ablest men in the world,
- who would devote their whole lives to it.
I often think - what a loss to the English nation in some respects the abolition of the Rotten Borough System has been.
- What thought strikes a man entering the house of commons,
- the assembly that rule the whole world?
- I think it is the mediocrity of the men
- but what is the cause?
- It is simply — an assembly of wealth
- of men, whose lives have been spent in the accumulation of money
- and whose time has been too much engaged
- to be able to spare any for the study of past history.
- And yet in hands of such men rest our destinies!
Do men like the great Pitt, and Burke and Sheridan not now to exist?
- I contend they do. There are men now living
- wich I know no other term the [Greek term / charisma?] of Aristotle
- but there are not ways for enabling them to serve their Country.
- They live and die unused unemployed.
- What has the main cause of the success of the Romish Church?
- The fact that every enthusiast, call it, if you like every madman, finds employment in it.
Let us form the same kind of society - a Church for the extension of the British Empire
- A society, which should have members in every part of the British Empire
- working with one object and one idea
- we should have its members placed at our universities and our schools
- and should watch the English youth passing through their hands
A. Just 1 perhaps in every 1000 would have the mind and feelings for such an object
- He should be tried in every way, he should be tested:
--- whether he is endurant,
--- possessed of eloquence,
--- disregardful of the petty details of life,
--- and if found to be such,
--- then elected and
--- bound by oath to serve for the rest of his life in his County.
- He should then be supported, if without means, by the Society and
--- sent to that part of the Empire, where it was felt he was needed.
B. Take another case, let us fancy a man who finds himself his own master
---- with ample means of attaining his majority
--- whether he puts the question directly to himself or not,
--- still like the old story of virtue and vice in the Memorabilia
--- a fight goes on in him as to what he should do.
- Take if he plunges into dissipation:
--- there is nothing too reckless he does not attempt
--- but after a time his life palls on him,
--- he mentally says this is not good enough,
--- he changes his life, he reforms, he travels,
--- he thinks now I have found the chief good in life,
--- but the novelty wears off, and he tires,
--- to change again, he goes into the far interior
--- after the wild game he thinks
--- at last I’ve found that in life, of which I cannot tire,
--- again he is disappointed.
--- He returns he thinks is there nothing I can do in life?
--- Here I am with means, with a good house, with everything that is to be envied and yet I am not happy
--- I am tired of life...
--- he possesses within him a portion of the [Greek term / charisma?] of Aristotle
--- but he knows it not...
- To such a man the Society should go
--- should test, and
--- should finally show him the greatness of the scheme and
--- list him as a member.
C. Take one more case of the younger son with high thoughts
--- high aspirations,
--- endowed by nature with all the faculties to make a great man,
--- and with the sole wish in life to serve his Country
- but he lacks 2 things:
1. the means and
2. the opportunity,
- ever troubled by a sort of inward deity urging him on to high and noble deeds,
--- he is compelled to pass his time in some occupation,
--- which furnishes him with mere existence,
--- he lives unhappily and
--- dies miserably.
- Such men as these the Society should search out
- and use for the furtherance of their object.
D. Take another man of great wealth
- who is injured:
--- is bereft of his children
--- perhaps having his mind soured by some bitter disappointment
--- who shuts himself up
--- separate from his neighbours and
--- makes up his mind to a miserable existence.
- To such men as these, the society should go
--- gradually disclose the greatness of their scheme and
--- entreat him to throw in his life and property with them for this object.
- I think that there are thousands now existing
--- who would eagerly grasp at the opportunity.
(In every Colonial legislature the Society should attempt to have its members
- prepared at all times to vote or speak and advocate the closer union of England and the colonies,
- to crush all disloyalty and every movement for the severance of our Empire.
- The Society should inspire and
- even own portions of the press
- for the press rules the mind of the people.
- The Society should always be searching for members, who might
--- by their position in the world
--- by their energies or
- forward the object
- but the ballot and test for admittance should be severe)
- Once make it common and it fails.
Such are the heads of my scheme.
- For fear that death might cut me off before the time for attempting its development
- I leave all my worldly goods in trust to S.G. Shippard and the Secretary for the Colonies at the time of my death
- to try to form such a Society with such an object.