Independence of the Highland Chieftains in former times. Internal state
of the country resulting from that circumstance.
Change in the policy of the Highland proprietors subsequent to the
Rebellion in 1745.
Consequences of this change on population, through the prevalence of
pasturage, sheep-farming, and engrossing of farms.
Situation and circumstances of the old tenantry; choice of resources
when dispossessed of their farms; Emigration preferred; for what
reasons; limited in extent.
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.
The Emigration of the Highlanders intimately connected with the progress
of National prosperity; mot detrimental to Manufactures, nor
Means that have been proposed for preserving the population of the
Highlands; improvement of waste lands; fisheries; manufactures; cannot
obviate the necessity of emigration.
Emigration has no permanent effect on populations. Legal restrictions
useless and dangerous; discontents in the Highlands; emigration useful
to the public peace.
Prejudices of the Highland proprietors against Emigration; mistakes from
which they arise.
Conduct of the Highland Society. Emigrant Regulation Bill.
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.
Measures adopted in pursuance of these views by the author; Settlement
formed in Prince Edward's Island; its difficulties, progress and final
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