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Title Canada Waste Lands. Return to an Address to His Majesty, Dated 13 September 1831; – for, Copy of the Report of Mr. Richards to the Colonial Secretary, Respecting the Waste Lands in the Canadas, and Emigration
Author Richards, John
Date 30 Mar 1832
Document Type Printed Extract
Reference CO 384/26
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Government report into the state of the British provinces in Canada, including Upper Canada, Lower Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
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; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Canada
Places New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Ottawa, Canada; Portsmouth, England; New York, United States
People Richards, John; Black, President
Keywords journey conditions, agriculture, emigration, finance, land grant, wages, American War of Independence
Additional Information This document is part of CO 384/26 from The National Archives, UK.
Language English
Original Volume Emigration. North America, 1830 and 1831. Mr. Richard's Mission
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