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San Francisco Gold Rush 1849.

Immigrants

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.

The California Gold Rush. Immigration.

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.


American Passenger Arrival Records.
American Passenger Arrival Records
Guide to the Records of Immigrants Arriving at American Ports by Sail & Steam
American Ship Passenger Arrival Records.
Michael Tepper

Emigration from the United KingdomPassengers Arriving in America 1870s and 1880.
Selections include Emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland: Lists of Passengers Arriving in America during the 1870s and in 1880.

Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports, March 1877 - May 1878Ship Passenger Lists 1800s.

Mass Migration Under Sail 1800s.
Mass Migration under Sail:
European Immigration to the Antebellum United States
Mass Migration Under Sail 1800s.
Raymond L. Cohn

Czech Immigration Ship Passenger Lists.
Czech Immigration Passenger Lists
Galveston 1846-1891; New Orleans 1852-1879; New York and Baltimore Lists 1879 (Vol. I)
Czech Immigration Passenger Lists.

Ships Passenger Lists, New York and New Jersey.
Ship Passenger Lists, New York and New Jersey (1600-1825)Ships, Shipping, Passenger Lists.

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.

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