News & Tall Tales. 1800s.
May 31, 1876, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
The responsibility of providing facilities for the reception and direction of the enormous immigration constantly arriving, having been shirked by the Legislature and City, devolves upon private enterprise. We cannot afford to ignore its importance; and the indifference we have maintained in this respect cannot long be continued without serious detriment to our best interests.
In other States to which immigration is directed, every facility is afforded the newcomer to inform himself on the resources, inducements and peculiarities of the locality in which he proposes to settle. He is welcomed and encouraged on his arrival, and his first impressions rendered as pleasant as possible.
What a contrast is presented by our opulent community! We have no organization to assist the newcomer. He is landed at our wharves at the close of day. In the morning, bewildered by the novelty of his situation, in a strange city, he seeks in vain the information that would be cheerfully given at the public expense in Kansas or Nebraska. His disappointment is the more severe that, like the rest of the world, he looks to California for peculiar liberality.
If preternaturally sharp, he escapes the dangers that lie in wait for him, and finds his niche in society. If unsuccessful, his letters, or return to his friends, give us a well-earned but unenviable reputation for short-sighted parsimony.
Surely there is public spirit enough in us to remedy this state of affairs. Every consideration of right, justice and good policy demands a change a practical change that will work for the mutual interests of the State and the stranger.
Emigration from the United Kingdom
Selections include Emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland: Lists of Passengers Arriving in America during the 1870s and in 1880.
Lists of Passengers 1870-1897
Series concentrates on Emigration from the United Kingdom to New York in the period 1870-1897. The original passenger lists transcribed by shipping agents and ship's officers and filed by all vessels entering US ports have been used in the preparation of Emigration from the United Kingdom to America. Chronological order by each ship's date of arrival; includes names of ships, ports of departure and arrival and debarkation dates. You may also locate data regarding a person's age, sex and occupation as well as village of origin and destination when reported.