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Title Emigration, British Colonies in North America
Date 1847
Document Type Printed Extract
Reference CO 384/81
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description J Loch Esq. M.P. to C.E. Trevelyan, ESQ, regarding emigration organized by the Duke of Sutherland following failed crops and famine in Scotland. Correspondence from Emigrants to friends and family back home.
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; Motives for Emigration
Country (from) Scotland
Country (to) Canada
Places North of Scotland; Western Isles of Scotland; Quebec
Ships Panama
People Trevelyan, Sir Charles Edward; Sutherland-Earl Granville (Leveson-Gower, Granville George)
Keywords emigration, settlement, poverty, agriculture, journey conditions, family, employment
Additional Information This document is part of CO 384/81 from The National Archives, UK.
Language English
Original Volume Emigration. North America, 1848. Commissioners and Public Offices, A to Z
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