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Title: Jacob Harvey, New York, to the Editor of The Nation.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHarvey, Jacob/23
SenderHarvey, Jacob
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
Recipientthe Editor of The Nation
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipreader writes letter to newspaper
SourceThe Nation, Dublin, Saturday, 8 January, 1848.
ArchiveThe Linenhall Library, Belfast.
Doc. No.9601079
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG Log :
Word Count225
A letter from Jacob Harvey, of New York, an Irish
merchant of the highest character in that city, and a
member of the family of Harvey, of Limerick, contains the
following advice to his countrymen emigrating to the States,
which we hope every means will be taken to make known
to all those who are disposed to emigrate :-

I wish it could be made known to all emigrants leaving
Ireland for New York, that they are liable to great
imposition on their arrival at quarantine (seven miles from
town), by listening to the runners of boarding-houses, who
try, by every specie of persuasion, to get possession of them
and their luggage, and when once obtained they charge what
they like for their entertainment. They should ask for the
"Agent of the Commissioners, or of the Irish Emigrant
Society," and follow his advice, as to the proper
boarding-houses to select. All those who come out with the
intention of settling in the interior should not remain in
the city one hour longer than is actually necessary; there
are plenty of steam-boats daily to Albany, which will carry
them for a very small sum, and we have an agent there for
the express purpose of preventing impositions on their
journey west.
It would be presumptous in me to offer any opinion as to
the measures which Ireland requires to emancipate her from
the evils which have made her a bye-word among nations,
when wiser heads than mine have almost given it up in
despair - "America for the Irish," where every honest and
industrious labourer is sure to obtain all the comforts of
life, and quite as many political rights as are good for