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- n. In penal colonies of early Australia, a convict who had been pardoned for good conduct; sometimes inclusively a convict whose sentence had completed, though one such was more usually called an expiree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A freed convict.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A convict in a European penal colony who has been pardoned or emancipated.
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There is much jealousy between the children of the rich emancipist and the free settlers, the former being pleased to consider honest men as interlopers.
It will, however, take a number of years to clear the Colony of the half-reformed villain who still hankers after his old ways, -- of the _emancipist_, whom the law looks upon as a reformed character, but whom experience has taught the world to look upon with a very different eye, -- and of the convicts for life, who still amount to thousands.
During the government of Sir Richard Bourke, an attempt was made by him to introduce into his own parties some emancipist families; and on one occasion, the grand-daughter of a late Sydney hangman actually made her appearance at a ball at Government-house.
The exceptions to this general rule, are to be found in the emancipist class; in the persons of notorious scamps who could not shew their face in respectable society in
The members of the anti-emancipist party in New South Wales attribute the increase of crime in that colony partly to alleged relaxation of convict discipline under Sir Richard Bourke; partly to the action of the
The measures of Macquarie were followed by years of faction: a press, representing emancipist interests and emancipist principles, and making the Governor the instrument or the object of the most violent hatred; still, on their side, the emigrants were often positive, virulent, and contemptuous.
_ Dodds, where the plaintiff was an emancipist, seemed to peril their freedom and property.
It may not be amiss to describe the career of an emancipist, of whose elevation Mr. Bigge remarks, "that it had been most strongly urged against Macquarie by his enemies, and most questioned by his friends."
It placed before the prisoners, once again, the examples of emancipist opulence: mechanics earned more wages than officers of the army; again transportation was represented as a boon; and then came other changes.
The resentment of Macquarie aggravated the quarrel, until the differences divided the colony into factions, and finally originated the emancipist party; and by provoking observation, tended to increase the severity which fell on their successors.