The Colonial Policy of Lord John Russell's Administration Volume N . 1

The Colonial Policy of Lord John Russell's Administration Volume N . 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...Hence we judged it to be our duty to confine the measures we adopted on the subject of emigration to those which had for their object to enable individual proprietors or Poor Law Unions, under certain restrictions, to send out emigrants, to guard against the abuses which experience had shown to be likely to arise, and to facilitate, on the other side of the Atlantic, the distribution of those who arrived seeking work, to the places where they could most easily find it. We were anxious also to have adopted measures to encourage emigration indirectly, by providing for the more regular settlement of the unoccupied lands of the Colonies, and thus increasing the demand for labour; but the opinion of all the local Authorities was so adverse to the plans of this kind which were suggested, that none of them were carried into effect. The result has shown the soundness of the views upon which we acted. Without any interference on the part of the Government, and without any expense to the public, the tide of emigration has now set in so strongly from Ireland to America, that many persons are beginning to fear that the drain of the population, instead of being insufficient, will be too great. I see no reason for apprehending this; but with the present facilities for communication, I believe that the drain will continue, until the great disparity between the value of labour in Ireland and on the other side of the Atlantic shall be put an end to, and till the wages paid in Ireland shall be such as to afford a comfortable subsistence to the labourer. There is every reason for desiring that, till this has been accomplished, emigration should go on at its present rate, or even more rapidly; and, on the other hand, it can hardly be doubted that, as this alteration...
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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681894
  • 9781236681898