Entry-Books of Correspondence: Letters to the Colonial Office. Windward and Leeward Islands, Bahamas, 1860-1866 : Correspondence; Report [electronic resource] .
- Marlborough, Wiltshire : Adam Matthew Digital, 2017.
- Migration to new worlds.
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- Description: Letters written by T. W. C. Murdoch and Stephen Walcott, referring principally to the transportation, mortality rates and conditions suffered by 'coolies' and 'poor whites' transported to the Leeward Islands, Windward Island and the Bahamas. Letters referring to inquiries into the misconduct and neglect of surgeons on boards these vessels feature frequently. Many letters also refer to amendments made to immigration legislation and the impact this had on indentured labourer emigration. Some letters refer to the immigration arrangements for Africans to the West indies. There is an index at the back, listing the letters by year and colony and detailing the main subject matter and dates of their composition.
- 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 386/101.
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