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On Emigration and the State of the Highlands
By The Earl of Selkirk 1805


Book is signed to "Marquis of Douglas with the authors compliments"
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I
    Independence of the Highland Chieftains in former times. Internal state of the country resulting from that circumstance.
  • Chapter II
    Change in the policy of the Highland proprietors subsequent to the Rebellion in 1745.
  • Chapter III
    Consequences of this change on population, through the prevalence of pasturage, sheep-farming, and engrossing of farms.
  • Chapter IV
    Situation and circumstances of the old tenantry; choice of resources when dispossessed of their farms; Emigration preferred; for what reasons; limited in extent.
  • Chapter V
    Political effects of the Emigrations. The Highlands hitherto a nursery of soldiers; circumstances on which this depended; no longer exist: the lose of this national advantage does not arrive from Emigration.
  • Chapter VI
    The Emigration of the Highlanders intimately connected with the progress of National prosperity; mot detrimental to Manufactures, nor Agriculture.
  • Chapter VII
    Means that have been proposed for preserving the population of the Highlands; improvement of waste lands; fisheries; manufactures; cannot obviate the necessity of emigration.
  • Chapter VIII
    Emigration has no permanent effect on populations. Legal restrictions useless and dangerous; discontents in the Highlands; emigration useful to the public peace.
  • Chapter IX
    Prejudices of the Highland proprietors against Emigration; mistakes from which they arise.
  • Chapter X
    Conduct of the Highland Society. Emigrant Regulation Bill.
  • Chapter XI
    Importance of the emigrants to our colonies; custom of settling in the United States; means of inducing a change of destination; will not increase the spirit of emigration.
  • Chapter XII
    Measures adopted in pursuance of these views by the author; Settlement formed in Prince Edward's Island; its difficulties, progress and final success.
  • Appendix A
  • Appendix B
  • Appendix D
  • Appendix E
  • Appendix F
  • Appendix G
  • Appendix H
  • Appendix I
  • Appendix K
  • Appendix L
  • Appendix M
  • Appendix N
  • Appendix O
  • Appendix P
  • Appendix Q
  • Appendix R
  • Appendix S
  • Appendix T

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