Recent Exploring Expeditions To The Pacific And The South Seas; Under The American, English, And…

Paperback | May 14, 2012

byJohn Stilwell Jenkins

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...sterling. The annual cost of maintaining each convict, during the same period, was upwards of thirty pounds, while his earnings did not exceed twenty. The cost of transporting the convicts from England to the colony was about thirty-seven pounds sterling per head, and it was computed that nearly one-tenth died on the passage out. Various propositions of reform in these particulars were suggested; and after some delay, improvements were introduced into the system, which secured the better health of the convicts, and greater economy in the administration of the fiscal affairs of the colonies. The increase of population, too, did not keep pace with the expectations of English legislators, and vessels were freighted with females, too often of loose or abandoned character, designed as wives for the male convicts. Of course, every cargo was taken up as soon as landed. All were promptly secured, for better or worse, and pretty surely the latter. It could hardly have been expected that a career of vice would have fitted them for being chaste wives and affectionate mothers; inasmuch as personal vanity and the rum and gin shops of Sydney were ready to allure them back to their old habits. Doubts have therefore been entertained whether this step operated beneficially so far as regards the morals of the colonists. Still there are as many arguments on one side as the other. The convicts were, no doubt, better contented; and some of them, with their wives, became thrifty and industrious, and made decent members of society. Encouragement was also offered to the emigration of persons of respectable character and standing. A large tract of land was given gratis to every man going to New South Wales with his family. After his arrival, he was allowed as many servants as he mi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...sterling. The annual cost of maintaining each convict, during the same period, was upwards of thirty pounds, while his earnings ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:158 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.34 inPublished:May 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217272800

ISBN - 13:9780217272803

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