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Title Emigration. General Miscellaneous, 1850
Date 3 Jan-31 Dec 1850
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference CO 384/85
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Emigration Original Correspondence
Description Documents regarding emigration from Great Britain and Ireland, including correspondence regarding deficient fitting of emigrant ships, salaries of emigration agents, comparative emigration returns for December 1847, 1848 and 1849 and Irish emigration to Buenos Aires. Also includes the Tenth General Report of the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners.
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
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Argentina
Places Liverpool, England; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ports London, Liverpool, Plymouth, England; Glasgow, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Londonderry, Limerick, Cork, Northern Ireland
Nationality English; Irish
Ships Hemisphere
People Lord Howick (Grey, Henry); Watson, John; Thomas, Slack; Elliot, Sir Thomas Frederick; Hawes, Benjamin; Merivale, Herman
Keywords emigration, colony, travel, passenger, government, money, ship, health and sickness, death, journey conditions, vessel deficiency
Additional Information This volume includes searchable printed documents.
Language English
Printed Documents in this Volume Colonial Land and Emigration Commission. Tenth General Report of the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners, 1850
French Lloyd's Register of Shipping
Emigration to New Granada, South America (Published by Order of the Provisional Committee of the Society for Promoting Emigration to New Granada)
The Universal Emigration and Colonization Company, Embracing the Principle of Freehold Assurance
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