Among the emigrants proceeding to seek another country on the shores of Southern Africa, four vessels, containing above 600 souls, have sailed from Liverpool, bound to the Cape of Good Hope; three of them under the command and direction of a naval officer, and one under private superintendance. The public agent was instructed to provide every accomodation which could minister to the health or comfort of the families who were to embark
Thursday afternoon, the brig Alexander sailed from Greenock with emigrants for Prince Edward’s island. This vessel had 85 passengers on board, of which 17 were children.
On Friday the ship Alexander, Young, sailed from Greenock for Quebec with 96 passengers.
Extract of a letter, dated in Perth, Upper Canada, 18th January – “Liberty and Equality are the predominant principles here. A common labourer from Scotland is entitled to a lot of land. Whenever he finds he can subsist upon his farm, he becomes as high as the best in the township. Every settler, though ever so poor, has a vote for the member for the township, and has full liberty to speak at every meeting. – It is nothing uncommon to see a poor Glasgow weaver, who came among us with scarce a stitch to cover his nakedness, strutting between the stumps of his trees as pompous as an Ediburgh Magistrate.”
Citation: Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, United Kingdom), 24 April 1820, available at the Scissors and Paste Database, http://www.scissorsandpaste.net/163.