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Emigration by Canal

Reader's Letters & Queries: NarrowBoat, Winter 2009

Whilst browsing through the Northamptonshire newspapers in connection with the article on the Double Funeral in this issue, I found the following in the 14th March 1832 issue: “Northamptonshire, Wicken, March 20 – Three families, consisting of 26 persons, left this place for America this morning. They were conveyed to Cosgrove, and put into a canal boat and towed away for Liverpool. Several of them were stout able-bodied men, and some of the best labourers in the parish, who will earn a living in America, or anywhere else, if food is to be got by sweat of brow.” Have any other NB readers come across similar use of the canals as part of the emigration route to America? Richard Booth, Marsworth…

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