1874: England begins its rule by “lending Fiji about £150,000, of which £9000 will go to repay the company who settled those bitter American claims”

Writer Anthony  Trollope, in 1875, wrote “How far our generosity may go in accepting the old Fijian pecuniary liabilities is perhaps not as yet decided—at any rate, is not absolutely known; but it is understood that we must begin our rule by lending Fiji about £150,000, of which £9000 will go to repay the company who settled those bitter American claims; and that we are setting on foot a government which will cost £30,000 a year, with the expectation of a revenue amounting to £20,000. The prospect is not a comfortable one to the British taxpayer, who will probably have no direct interest in Fiji; but the thing has been done before, and England has borne it, and, in spite of all our resolutions to the contrary, will probably be repeated”.

Trollope, Anthony. The Tireless Traveler: Twenty Letters to the Liverpool Mercury. Berkeley:  University of California Press, The articles, which bear Trollope’s signature, can be found on page five every Saturday from July 3, 1875, through November 13, 1875.   [1978,c1941] 1978. http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft1d5nb0hv/

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