Octr 2, 1838. Ephemera. Manuscript letter inquiring of the Holywell (Workhouse) Union in Holywell Wales as to whether it has a "surplus of agricultural labourers" as "my house has received an order from the Government of New South Wales to send out a considerable number". The letter was first sent to Newelyn Loyd of Denbigh from an unnamed but "most respectable commercial house... at Liverpool". He copies it here and forwards it to the "Guardians/or Secretary of the Holywell Union, Holywell". On the inside folds, Loyd explains that he thought it might be acceptable for the Guardians to place some of the occupants on the path to New South Wales by assisted passage. It is postmarked St. Asaph Oc 3 1838.
The text continues with the terms - a Bounty (presumably for the workhouse which would finance the journey); the labourers to pay L 2-3 and provide clothing etc. At Sydney "immediate employment at liberal wages: houses - specimen wages for different occupations "with rations for themselves & families" weekly "One peck of Wheat or 10 lbs of seconds four - Ten pounds of beef or mutton, tea, sugar. " It states "In ten days we dispatch one vessel and another will succeed her in a month. Shepherds, Agricullurists (sic), Gardeners &c have been engaged at wages varying from L25 to L50 and in some cases for the superior Class as high as L80 to L100 per annum... Carpenters, Masons, Sawyers &c may obtain L2-2 to L2-10/ per week in Sydney. "
4 leaves, 7 1/4 x 9", period folds, slt separation central fold. Remnants of the red wax seal causing sml triangle of blank paper to be lost, otherwise very good. Very good condition. Item #24859