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Title Emigrant Ship "Washington". Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons, Dated 19 February 1851; – for, a "Copy of a Letter Addressed to the Land and Emigration Commissioners by Lord Hobart, Enclosing a Letter from Mr. Vere Foster to His Lordship, Detailing the Treatment to Which He Was Subjected in Common with the Other Passengers, on Board the Emigrant Ship 'Washington' in the Month of November 1850, While on Her Passage from Liverpool to New York, With a Copy of the Answer Returned to Lord Hobart by the Commissioners; and Also, Copies of Any Correspondence Between the Commissioners and the Emigration Officer at Liverpool on the Subject
Author Walcott, Stephen; Hodder, Lieutenant J E; Hobart, Vere Henry
Date Jan-Feb 1851
Document Type Printed Extract
Reference CO 384/88
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence.
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) Politics, Legislation and Governance; Journey Conditions
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) United States of America
Ports Liverpool, England; New York City, United States
Nationality Irish
Ships Washington; Atlas
People Foster, Vere
Keywords emigration, shipping, passenger, steerage, provisions, violence, journey conditions
Additional Information This document is part of CO 384/88 from The National Archives, UK.
Language English
Original Volume Emigration. North America, 1850 and 1851
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