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Title: Emigration to Vancouver's Island
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginVancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre emigration to Vancouver Island
SourceThe Belfast Telegraph, Tuesday, 13 January, 1863
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast
Doc. No.2006173
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:07:00.
Word Count296

The following is an extract from a letter received in
Belfast:- Victoria, Vancouver's Island,

Nov.21, 1862.

Just now, lest I should forget it, I would advise
everyone who can live at home to stay there for at
least eighteen months. People are coming here too
quickly. The resources of the colony are not equal
to such a sudden strain as has been put upon them
within the last six or eight months.
That there is plenty of gold in Cariboo and Stickeen
I have not the slightest doubt; but it is hard work,
and requires a good deal of money to get to either of
them, and Cariboo is not yet fully known, and will not
have been properly prospected before another year -
Stickeen not for three years to come; and this,
although many men and even companies, will in that time
have made their fortunes. I must make an exception to
the above by saying that a few good carpenters, brick-
layers, masons, and mechanical engineers, particularly
the three former trades, would do well here at once,
especially two or three of each trade in a partnership
with a little capital. I would advise all coming out,
except those leaving home from 1st November till 31st
January, to come via New York and Panama. Panama fever
(except to those who drink) is a thing not in the
least to be feared; in fact, it may be said not to exist.
I would also say, let none leave home between July 1,
and November 1, as they will just arrive here when
business is dull, and when the unsuccessful (of whom
there will always be at least a large minority) are
returning, or have returned, after the mining season,
and, being known, and ready and willing to turn their
hands to anything, are filling or have filled up all
the situations.