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Account of Passage Rate of Various Destinations in North America, Thomas Elliot, to Mr. Smith, Shirley Estate, County Monaghan.

Passage Rates and Rations on Emigrant Ships 1847

To William G. Smith
From: Thomas Elliot
Liverpool February 6th 1847.

Mr Smith

Passages to America this spring will be higher than former years in consequence of the extreme rates of Bread stuffs. The law regulating all passenger vessels requires there should be 70lb bread on board for each adult passenger, to meet the issue of 1lb per day to each, and half quantity to children. The rate of passage to Quebec cannot be correctly stated at present,but is expected to be about 55/- per adult, and half price for children. Where there is better chance for 5/- for each grown person, and half that sum for each child paid out of their passage money at Quebec to the Government Emigration Society, by which a considerable sum is created each year, to assist those in need in proceeding to their several destinations, and enabling them to make settlements in Localities where most likely to find employment.

Yours respectfully
Thomas Elliot

Mr W.G.Smith

Rates of passage at present are:

To New York, Boston, and Philadelphia from
£3..15..0 to £4..0..0
-do-     children         (if numerous full price.*)
£2..10..0 to £2..15.0
To New Orleans
-do-     children half-price  
*   When ships go full (as now), to the United States ports, they can only carry 2 souls for every 5 Tons of the ships register burden, therefore children if numerous are a heavy drawback.

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