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Title: Comparative Value of Land in Ireland and Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDonalson, John A/30
SenderDonaldson, John A.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationemigration agent
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N.Ireland
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientEditor of the Belfast News-Letter
Recipient Gendermale
SourceThe Belfast News-Letter, Wednesday, 12 March, 1862
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast
Doc. No.102325
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 19:02:01.
Word Count283

To The Editor of the Belfast News-Letter.

Dear Sir - In your issue of yesterday I was not a
little surprised at the sale of what is called a farm
of land in the County Down, near Newry, containing
sixteen acres, which brought the enormous sum of
÷1,008 sterling, subject to a rental of ÷18 4s 4d per
annum - over a pound an acre - on lease, at that, and,
no doubt, a round sum for taxes.
In Canada, near London, Woodstock, Beechhill, Paris,
Ingor, Soll, or any of the large fine market towns
West of Hamilton, C.W., [Canada West?] in one of the
finest farming districts of the country, one hundred
acres, with eighty cleared free from stumps, in a high
state of cultivation, capable of producing as much
grain of any kind per acre as any land in Ireland;
good dwelling-houses, barns (capable of holding all
the crops grown on the farm), well watered, fenced,
and near a good market, the remaining twenty acres of
woodland affording ample fire-wood and timber to renew
the fences from year to year, could be bought for the
sum of ÷1,000, ÷500 down, the remainder in five equal
annual instalments, with interest at 6 per cent. per
annum, in fee-simple, and no rent after the purchase
is made, and perhaps ÷3 will cover the whole amount of
taxes yearly. Price per bushel of all kinds of grain
is regulated by the English market, less the
transportation, which is very small when the difference
between currency and sterling is taken into account.
The prosperous state of the country, with land at such
reasonable rates, offers great inducements to parties
with moderate means, and especially those who may have
large families coming on.

John A. Donaldson,
Canadian Government Emigration Agent,
Plough Hotel, Belfast.