Miscellaneous papers relating to Aborigines, ca. 1839-1871 - Page 15
in vain attempt the physical, mental or moral instruction of the natives. Indeed the attempt would be presumptuous, as it certainly would be foolish and fruitless, to frame laws for a people whose manners, customs, and capabilities are perfectly unknown to us.
letter to Southern Australian
Extracts No. 6 p. 180
Perhaps there is no race of savages known to Europeans, more susceptible of kindly [?] influences, or less addicted to ferocious and repulsive vices, than the Aborigines of this continent .... at present we know little, next to nothing, of the legends, laws and customs - of the notions of morals, and their ideas of immaterial existence.
Southern Australian June 26/37
Extracts No 6 p 185.
Those who come into contact 1st with the Aborigines are mostly men who are worse than savages in moral principle - our