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Elliott, Bruce, 2004-2005: Emigrant Recruitment by the New Brunswick Land
The Pioneer Settlers of Stanley and Harvey.


Kendall therefore was as alive as the Canada Company's Frederick Widder to the possible benefit to the land companies of chain migration.


On the evening of 10 May 1836 the D'Arcy of Sunderland, a "fine new brig", arrived at Berwick-upon-Tweed "to receive on board a number of emigrants for St. John's, New Brunswick.   This vessel is chartered," noted the press, "by the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Land Company, for the conveyance of agricultural labourers, &c., engaged by them in this neighbourhood, to settle on their estate in the province of New Brunswick.   We are informed that about 160 persons engaged with the Company's agent, who was in the neighbourhood a few months ago."   By the time of sailing on 16 May the number of passengers had decreased:   "several changed their intention in consequence of the vessel being somewhat behind the time appointed, together with other circumstances".   The emigrants were, however, "in high spirits as they proceeded down the river, shouting and cheering to their friends on the shore". (37)


The New Brunswick Courier reported the arrival on 1 June of the D'Arcy (Phillips) from Berwick-upon-Tweed with 110 settlers. (38)  There had been one death, from a cold, but the presence of a physician and an attentive captain made the voyage a safe one.   It is especially charming to note that Capt. Phillips brought aboard a fiddler the night the vessel arrived, and that the immigrants "danced on deck all the night".   An account of the party's journey, and of their arrival at Stanley, went home in a letter and was printed in extenso in the Berwick Advertiser (see sidebar).


(37) Berwick Advertiser, 14 May 1836, p. 4, col. 3; 21 May 1836, p. 4, col. 6; Friends of Berwick and District Museum and Archives Newsletter, no. 27, June 2000.


(38) New Brunswick Courier, 25 June 1836, p. 2, col. 6.   John Harvey, the CFS boy, wrote home in 1838 that there had been 104 in the English party, comprising 15 families.   Blackburn, CFS, 245.


(39) Berwick Advertiser , Saturday, 24 September 1836, p. 2, col. 4.