Montreal Gazette, 10 October 1843, page 2
The present system of Emigration to this country is, in many respects, a most wretched one. We have lately seen in the Emigrant Sheds in this city a poor Irish family who were transported to Canada by their Landlord, to get rid of them; and whose case, we suspect is not a solitary one. This man, whose appearance is respectable, says that he held a small farm in Ireland, which he was compelled to leave, as the proprietor wished to join his and several small holdings together, with the view of enlarging his farms. His passage and that of his family to this country were paid by his landlord, and each of them were given seven shillings each on being landed at Quebec. Here were these poor people left in a strange country, at the beginning of a long winter, with only a few shillings in their pockets; which might provide them with food and lodgings for a few days, after which they might starve! The landlord who got rid of this family in such a cruel manner appears to us to be a thorough miscreant and ought to be exposed; and when we further add that this poor immigrant is nearly blind, the conduct of his unnatural exporter is the more reprehensible. The unfortunate man and his family, too, are suffering from sickness, brought on by exposure and want.
This, however, is the mode of Emigration which some people both here and in England wish to continue. It would be less cruel to shoot the unhappy wretches at once, than to “get rid” of them in such a manner. The following summary of the destitute emigrants whose passages from this city to Upper Canada were aid during the past summer, by the Emigrant agent here, will give some idea of the amount of pauper emigration to the province:
Adults Children Infants
May… 861 410 173 1476 Souls
June… 1590 699 315 2604 “
July… 1273 475 241 2011 “
August… 323 181 112 618 “
The passage paid was 10s for adults; 5s for children; and infants free.