MORE OF MUDIE AND HIS VIEWS OF THE COLONY

MUDIE’S ROMANCE OF THE FELONRY OF NSW

By the colonial law, a convict only holds his ticket-
of-leave during ” good behaviour.” For any irregular,
immoral, or unlawful conduct, his ticket-of-leave ougtyt
to be taken from him, and he is subjected to such further
punishment as the summary tribunal before which
he is tried may apportion to his offence.
Independently of the gross public immorality, and
indecency of Watt being at all connected with the Sydney
Gazette, and independently of the infamous purposes to
which he prostituted that government journal, he was
at the time living in open contempt of a colonial regulation
whereby he was bound to attend a general muster
of all the ticket-of-leave men, at stated periods, within
the district of Sydney ; he was at the same time leading
a life of profligacy ; he was known to be habitually a
liar in private, as he was a traducer and a libeller in
public ; he was living in open adultery with a female
runaway convict, transported for life, who bore two

children to him, and whom he had the audacity to send
to the factory, that her lyings-in might be defrayed at
the public expence ; and that the offspring of his adulterous,
and (in other respects by the colonial law) peculiarly
criminal intercourse, might be maintained at the
expense of the same public, whom he was daily demoralizing
and endangering by his pestilent and atrocious
writings.

MUDIE’S METHOD OF DEALING WITH RECALCITRANT ROMAN CATHOLICS ET AL :

The convicts, as may be readily supposed, are generally
profligate, treacherous, dishonest, and mutinous.
It is a fearful thing for an agricultural settler to be
placed in the midst of from twenty to fifty such labourers
and household] servants, — prejudicially operating,
by their atrocious example, their disgusting manners, and
horrid language, upon his family,— and continually engaged,
more or less, in plundering him and his neighbours.
Even when divine service was performed at the
establishment of the author, which he procured being
done as often as circumstances would permit, many of
his convict servants falsely excused their non-attendance
on the plea of their being Roman Catholics. Their
object was, to go upon predatory excursions while the
family and the rest of the establishment were engaged
in the ordinances of religion. This purpose, however,
as soon as discovered, was defeated, by compelling all
the real and pretended Roman Catholics to muster out-
side the building, and to remain there during the time
of worship. Their conversion to Protestantism was
miraculous, none of them withstanding this tett act more
than twice or thrice,— but all successively taking their
places in the congregation.
From the lenity of the colonial government in the
treatment of these ruffians, not only are they insubordinate
and mutinous, but they are even full of high notions
of their own dignity !
Masters have been reproved for speaking with too
little respect to the gentry assigned to them
as servants !

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