The Backwoods of Canada eBook

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In the year 1832 a little pamphlet of advice to emigrants was issued by his Majesty’s Commissioners for Emigration*, which contained some useful information in a small compass.  The Commission no longer exists.  In lieu of it, J. Denham Pinnock, Esq., has been appointed by Government His Majesty’s agent for the furtherance of emigration from England to the British Colonies.  Letters on the subject of emigration should be addressed to this gentleman at the Colonial Office, under cover to the Colonial Secretary of State.  One chief object of his appointment is to afford facilities and information to parish authorities and landed proprietors desirous of furthering the emigration of labourers and others from their respective districts, especially with reference to the emigration clause of the Poor Laws Amendment Act.  The following Government emigration agents have also been appointed at the respective ports named:—­

Liverpool ...Lieut.  Low, R.N. 
Bristol ...  Lieut.  Henry, R.N. 
Leith ...  Lieut.  Forrest, R.N. 
Greenock ...  Lieut.  Hemmans, R.N. 
Dublin ...  Lieut.  Hodder, R.N. 
Cork ...  Lieut.  Friend, R.N. 
Limerick ...  Lieut.  Lynch, R.N. 
Belfast ...  Lieut.  Millar, R.N. 
Sligo ...  Lieut.  Shuttleworth, R.N.

And at Quebec, A. C. Buchanan, Esq., the chief Government emigration agent, will afford every information to all emigrants who seek his advice.

[* “Information published by His Majesty’s Commissioners for Emigration, respecting the British Colonies in North America.”  London, C. Knight, 1832.  Price twopence.]

The following is an extract from the pamphlet published in 1832:—­

“Passages to Quebec or New Brunswick may either be engaged inclusive of provisions, or exclusive of provisions, in which case the ship-owner finds nothing but water, fuel, and bed places, without bedding.  Children under 14 years of age are charged one-half, and under 7 years of age one-third of the full price, and for children under 12 months of age no charge is made.  Upon these conditions the price of passage from London, or from places on the east coast of Great Britain, has generally been 6 pounds with provisions, or 3 pounds without.  From Liverpool, Greenock, and the principal ports of Ireland, as the chances of delay are fewer, the charge is somewhat lower; this year [1832] it will probably be from 2 pounds to 2 pounds, 10 shillings without provisions, or from 4 pounds to 5 pounds, including provisions.  It is possible that in March and April passages may be obtained from Dublin for 1 pound, 15 shillings or even 1 pound, 10 shillings; but the prices always grow higher as the season advances.  In ships sailing from Scotland or Ireland, it has mostly been the custom for passengers to find their own provisions; but this practice has not been so general in London, and some shipowners, sensible of the dangerous mistakes which may be made in this matter through ignorance, are

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