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probably of nearly all Anglo Australians
who have bestowed much reflection
in this subject.

4. I would solicit, in
particular, Your Grace's attention to
the 8th. paragraph, wherein my Council
advise:—
"That Her Majesty's loyal subjects
in Queensland are equally attached
to the principle of local self-government,
and to the principle of the integrity
of the Empire; and that, — while
the creation of permanent Local Corps
would tend (among many other
disadvantages,) to create a feeling
of isolation, — the Imperial feeling
(if it may be so termed,) that is,
the existing feeling of pride and
affection towards the Mother Country, -
would be fostered by the presence
in the Colony of soldiers of some
of those regular regiments of the
British Army, whose annals are
part of the national history; and
who bear on their flags the names
of victories, which are as much
household words among the
inhabitants of Queensland as among
their fellow subjects in the United
Kingdom
, or in any other portion
of Her Majesty's dominions"

5. There may be some
military convenience in the system
of raising local Corps for Colonial
service, but it is surely outweighed
by the social and political ~
disadvantages, at some of which
the enclosed minute glances. Of course
public opinion would now render
impossible

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impossible such rebellions and outrageous
proceedings as those of which the
former New South Wales Corps were guilty.
Still, the anticipation that the officers
of a permanent Local Regiment in Australia
would not be altogether of the same
calibre as the Officers of the Regiments
of the Line ; and that they would,
almost unavoidably, — become imbued
with Colonial partialities, and be
mixed up with Colonial cliques ; —
implies no unfavourable opinion
of the character and intelligence
of individual gentlemen, but
simply a belief that they would
act as other men placed in similar
situations have generally been
found to act.

6. There are some remarks
in Lord Grey's work on "Colonial Policy"
(Letter I. Vol I. pp. 38. 39,) which appear
to bear closely on this topic. His
Lordship points out the practical
advantages of an occasional
interchange of the higher Civil ~
appointments between different Colonies.
This system is now impossible in
Australia ; for since the introduction
of Responsible Government, such offices
must be conferred exclusively on
residents. It remains, therefore,
for the interchange of Military Officers
between the different portions of
Her Majestys dominions, to answer
some of the objects on which
Lord Grey rightly lays stress; and
to keep alive between distant
provinces a feeling of connection
with each other, and with the
Empire

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