Jordan, Thomas. 'Effects of emigration; can it be made a means of relieving distress?'. - Dublin: Dublin Statistical Society,Vol.1, Part VII, 1856, pp378-384
Journal of the Dublin Statistical Society Vol.1, Part VII, 1856
Many, for instance, we all know, are now occasionally assisted in
our towns by benevolent individuals or associations. How much
more effective might not this relief be, if instead of being given in
small sums, it were bestowed at once and with the special view of
enabling its objects to take advantage of the offer of the Emigration
Commissioners. One case relieved in this manner would be equivalent
to several on any other principle. Mendicancy would not be encouraged.
The intending emigrant would be put into the way of
realising the glorious privilege of being independent; and, as we showed
before, his fellow-countrymen, though not relieved directly by the same
individual or association, would be so indirectly. In this manner
there could be a thorough investigation into the eligibility of each
person—an investigation much more efficient than can possibly be
made by the Emigration Commissioners, whose transactions must
necessarily be on a large scale.
Another object, too, could be accomplished by this plan, which the
Emigration Commissioners profess themselves unable at present to
effect. Their object, they say, is not to consider how distress may be
best relieved here, but how the most suitable persons for the colony
may be procured. But by the system of benevolence now suggested,
the other object also would be secured — a proper selection would
be made for the colony, at the same time that pauperism would
effectually be removed.
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