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The Negro Immigration into Vancouver Island in 1858.
Author: Howay, F. W., F.R.S.C.
Reference #: 1450
Status: For Sale
List Price: $28.00
Royal Society of Canada, 1935. Octavo. Stapled Wrappers. Fine Offprint from the Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, 1935, this study was read by Howay at their gathering in May of that year. pp.  - 156. Despite the title, most of this study deals with the Black residents of California and the Pacific Northwestern States, including the 1852 Fugitive Slave Act. It was the issue of the lack of right to give sworn evidence that resulted in the inability of Black land owners to protect their property and persons, and motivated a concerted effort to immigrate North where a welcome from Governor Douglas of Vancouver Island awaited them. Uncommon. Of interest is Doctor Helmcken's description of the arrival of these immigrants: "One Sunday morning we were astonished to find a steamer entering the harbour from San Francisco. . . There was a regular colony of coloured men on board, who had come to settle in Vancouver Island, because at this time adverse feeling ran high against them in the States. They landed and some kneeling down prayed and asked for blessings..." (Smith; The Reminiscences of Docctor Joh Sebastian Helmcken. p. 154.)
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