The provincial newspaper columns were the "public spheres" of their time, places for geographically separated individuals to contribute opinions to the debates of an immature democracy. But equally they were the vehicles for the passionately held views of bigots egged on by unscrupulous editors eager for exciting copy. These letters from Colenso, and their replies, show colonial politics to be argumentative, fervent and nasty – and the rants of opinionated, self-styled experts are thrilling in their vehemence.
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About the Author
Ian St George is a retired general practitioner. He came to Colenso studies through his interest in native orchids. He has edited a collection of Colenso’s letters to the editor entitled Give your Thoughts Life and Colenso’s Collections. He is editor of eColenso, the newsletter of the Colenso Society.