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Title North America. Copy of Col. Cockburn's Letter of 17 Sept. (See Volume 17) with Statements
Author Cockburn, Sir Francis
Date 17 Sep 1827
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript; Report
Reference CO 384/18
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence.
Description Correspondence describing how settlers are settling in Canada and the scope for future settlement. It is a very detailed report of Colonel Cockburn's travels through Canada while documenting the success of various settlements. It also includes testimonials from settlers regarding assisted emigration, with all of them proclaiming their success.
Series Description This series contains correspondence relating to British settlement in North America and Australasia, and to Indian indentured labour in the West Indies. Until 1857 it consists of domestic letters alone. The series then ceases and is not resumed until 1872.
Biographical Note / History A Colonial Land and Emigration Commission was created in 1840 to undertake the duties of two earlier and overlapping authorities under the supervision of the secretary of state: the Colonisation Commissioners for South Australia and the Agent General for Emigration. In 1855 it became the Emigration Commission. The commission's powers were gradually given up to the larger colonies as they obtained self-government, and after 1873 it was responsible only for controlling the importation of Indian labour into sugar-producing colonies. It was abolished in 1878 and an Emigration Department was then set up in the Colonial Office. This department was merged with the General Department in 1894, and abolished altogether in 1896.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Canada
Places Halifax, Nova Scotia, St. John, New Brunswick, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality English
People Cockburn, Sir Francis
Keywords emigration, map, timber, agriculture, labour, farming, settlement, trade, land, land grants, town planning, assisted emigration, family
Language English
Document(s) linked to Emigration. North America, 1826 and 1827. Colonel Cockburn's Mission, Mr. P. Robinson etc. Offices and Individuals
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