Murdoch to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
Emigration Office
14 July 1862
I have to acknowledge your letter of 11th instant with a letter from Mrs Ward enquiring whether any assistance would be given towards the Emigration to B. Columbia of herself and her daughter, and offering, if such assistance be given, to take charge of a number of respectable young women who are anxious to emigrate to that Colony.
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2. In reply I have to state that there is no Fund under the control of the Government, nor am I aware that there is any fund under private control, out of which Emigration to British Columbia can be assisted. It will not, therefore, be possible to take advantage of the services of Mrs Ward on the conditions she has proposed.
I have the honor to be
Your Obedient
Humble Servant
T.W.C. Murdoch
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Write to Mrs Ward accly.
ABd 30 July
Mrs Ward wants to have any info wh wd help her "to get out to a Country where her labour will be remunerated" ask E.C. privately whether we can do anything better than send a copy of the Colonizn Circular pointing attention to the names of the difft Emgn Agents wh(IManuscript image (I suppose) are given in it.
If the "B. Columbia Female Emigration Society" has come into actual existance, Mrs Ward might be referred to it.
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I lately saw Miss Rye who is engaged in carrying out a scheme of Female Emigration to B.C. I sent to Mr Murdoch requesting him to see her. Enquire privately if anything can be done in that quarter.
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Sir F. Rogers
I am afraid Mrs Ward is not likely to succeed with the Agents of the two Colonies which now give pecuniary assistance towards Emigration—but there can of course be no objection to sending her the Colonization Circular—at p.p. 5 & 6 of which she will find the Colonies to which assisted passages are given and the Agents to whom she should apply. The British Columbia Emigration Society is not yet, I believe, in operation—or at all events not sufficiently advanced to be able to do anything. But Mrs Ward might perhaps be referred to Miss Rye—it being distinctly understood that the Colonial Office do not recommend her to Miss Rye, or become guarantees for her or her daughter, but that Miss Rye must make all the necessary enquiries herself.
TWCM 5 Augt
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Send Coloniz Circr. With a refce to pp. 5 & 6. At once.
FR 6/8
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Draft, Fortescue to Emily Elizabeth Ward, 11 May 1862, advising that the government had no emigration funds, referring her to Miss Rye, and enclosing copy of the colonization circular.