Excerpt from Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies, Vol. 1: Zurich, 1734 1744, From the Archives of Switzerland
Most of the reports betray great anxiety to serve the cause of obstructing emigration, and in some cases an objectionable disp... lay of fawning servility appears in the communications to superiors. Some emphasize the speed with which their reply to the circular has been returned, the record-time being less than twenty - four hours; very many feel the necessity of apologizing for the departure of emigrants, calling attention to their paternal admonitions and repeated warnings concerning the dangers of the voyage and the false reports circulated about a land of plenty where sluggards have but to open their mouths for roast pigeons to ¿y in. A tendency existed to damage the reputations of those that departed, at least to represent them as an undesirable class, who had better be got rid of. On close inspection of the manu script, however, it will be seen that the disorderly persons enum crated generally fainted by the wayside and rarely succeeded in getting across. The great bulk of those listed went with permission (though reluctantly given), which implies a certificate of good character from the pastor, when the contrary is not expressly stated.
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