Thanks to Graham Dixon for sending a copy of the original letter from which the following is transcribed.
Auckland 10 June 1851
|I request the favour of your laying before Hi Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, the following Report respecting the female emigrants by the ship "Stately" - In anticipation of their arrival, a large and roomy house was provided for them by direction of the Right Reverend the Bishop, and by the direction of His Excellency, every accommodation and comfort was ensured to them. They arrived on Sunday the 1st Inst, in number 32 including the sub-matron, but all under the charge of the matron - of these there are,|
| With respect to those who are classed as,
"in service", this distinction must be made, that 4 have professedly engaged
themselves to go to New Plymouth under the protection of a man who came out as a passenger
in the same vessel and one has withdrawn herself from the home equally without advice or
permission, professedly to enter into service in Auckland.
From the examination and observation that the parties more immediately concerned in providing for them have been enabled to make, I am warranted in affirming that our community is much indebted to Mr Sydney Herbert and the Committee for a very careful selection of emigrants. It is clear they have exerted themselves very anxiously for our benefit, and if there be reason to fear from present appearances that about a fourth of the whole will hardly realise the charitable hope and efforts of their benefactors at home, there is yet the possibility that when once-scattered abroad, and subjected to the influence of better examples, a happy change may be worked, whilst the character and conduct, hitherto of the remainder, gives encouragement to believe that their arrival here, with tends to their own & to the general good -
The rate of wages has ranged from £13 to £16 - The emigrants unite in expressing the deepest gratitude to Mr Sydney Herbert and the Committee. It is indeed highly gratifying to hear how warmly they express their sense of the care and kindness they have experienced, but it is much to be regretted, that in other quarters, representations have been made, which by encouraging high expectations, have led to much disappointment.
It may justly be stated that, independently of any collateral advantages, emigration affords to respectable females, the certainty of a comfortable home, and reasonable remuneration but, beyond that, in justice to all parties no representations should be made, much less should any existing high-rate of wages be represented as the standard, in-as-much as it is compelled by the emergency of the moment, and in the limited range of Colonial population mark be affected by even a very small increase in population.
I will not fail to watch over the conduct and interests of these young women, and if spared to do so, will report of them, for the satisfaction of Mr Sydney Herbert and the Committee to whose kindness both they and we are so largely indebted.
have the honor to be
Your very obedient servant
John Frederick Churton
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