Entry-Books of Correspondence: Letters from Mr. Elliot, Agent General for Emigration, 1838 : Correspondence
- Marlborough, Wiltshire : Adam Matthew Digital, 2017.
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- 1 online resource
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- Adam Matthew Digital (Firm)
- Description: Correspondence covers a range of affairs relative to emigration to Australia and New Zealand. Most letters refer to the organisation of emigrant ships, ship's surgeons and passengers. Many letters refer to rejections of applications made by prospective emigrants seeking assisted or free passage, along with applicants from particular British unions. The loading of books, particularly school books on board emigrant ships bound for Australia is another popular topic. There is an index at the back of this document listing dates, recipients and a brief summary of each letter's subject.
- A Colonial Land and Emigration Commission was created in 1840 to undertake the duties of two earlier and overlapping authorities which were both under the supervision of the Secretary of State. These were the Colonisation Commissioners for South Australia, established under an Act of 1834, and the Agent General for Emigration, appointed in 1837. The new commission dealt with grants of land, the outward movement of settlers, the administration of the Passengers' Acts of 1855 and 1863 and, from 1846 to 1859, the scrutiny of colonial legislation. In 1855 it became the Emigration Commission. In 1873 the administration of the Passengers' Acts was transferred to the Board of Trade. The commission's powers were gradually given up to the larger colonies as they obtained self-government, and after 1873 its only duties were the control of the importation of Indian indentured labour into sugar-producing colonies and it was abolished in 1878.
AMDigital Reference: CO 386/21.
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- Reproduction of: Entry-Books of Correspondence: Letters from Mr. Elliot, Agent General for Emigration, 1838 Nov 1837 - Apr 1838.
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- The National Archives
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