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Title Return to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons, dated 21 March 1850; – "Copy or Extract of a Despatch, dated 11th Day of February 1850, Transmitting the Copy of a Report from the Chief Agent of Emigration in Canada, for the Year 1849, and Other Documents Containing Information Upon the Facilities Afforded to Emigrants from Europe for Reaching the Interior of the Province by the Completion of the St Lawrence Canals."
Author Hawes, B
Date 11 Feb 1850
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; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Canada
Places New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Grosse Île, Quebec, Canada; Bermuda
Ships Faithful; James
Keywords emigration, travel, transport, canal, death, shipwreck, exploitation, Poor Law, poverty, finance, hospital, assisted emigration, remigration, quarantine, Passengers' Act, statistics, children
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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