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They cannot but regret that tracts as rich as any of an equal extent in the world, should, for the present at all events, be placed by an undue price, out of the reach of permanent occupation. Without permanent occupation - without, in fact, actual property in the soil - men never apply themselves to the arts of settled industry, or study to develop the latent capabilities which a country may possess. Your Committee therefore consider, that such a facility for obtaining land, should be afforded to persons emigrating to this Colony, as would induce them to settle permanently. Pastoral pursuits must, of course, for a long time, form the principal occupation of the Colonists, and the chief source of Colonial wealth - therefore they should not be discouraged. They afford the best and readiest means of dispersing civilised inhabitants over the face of the wilderness; and there can be no question, that it would be but wise to afford those inhabitants, such facilities in obtaining possession of the soil, as would induce them to occupy it permanently, and to bring around them all the arts and improvements of civilised life.  With reference to squatting, as superseding, through means of the increased price of land, the old system of settling, it has been correctly remarked by a recent writer, that - "They