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Past and Present, and Men of the Times.

Copy of a Letter to theAuthor From The Late John Bright

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Copy of a Letter to theAuthor From The Late John Bright.

One Ash,

Rochdale, Oct. 30, 1879.

Dear Sir,—I do not doubt that emigration is good for active young men, and for all who have force and spirit to enter upon what is like a new life; but I do not think any sensible effect can be produced upon the population by any sudden effort to send our people abroad.

Within the last ten years we have been troubled with a scarcity of workmen in all parts of the country, and in almost every trade, and I believe we may have, and probably shall have, a like trouble within ten years to come. Our wages have risen enormously within the last twenty years, which shows how great has been the demand for labour. At this moment there is a, great reduction in many trades, but this may not be permanent.

The reports from America will stimulate emigration, and I shall be glad to see some of our people making their way across the Atlantic, or to your more distant land. I think clubs may be formed, and may do something to promote emigration, but I prefer to leave the movement to its slower but certain progress, as the people are better informed, and as they learn more accurately of the chances for them beyond the sea.

I think your letter very interesting, and I am always glad when colonists give trustworthy information as to the opening for English labour and capital in our distant dependencies.

I am,
Very truly yours,

John Bright.

Captain W. J. Barry,

Queen's Hotel. St. Martin's le Grand, London.