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D. Joy Starbuck, Dec 1877, Arkansas
Posted by: Sherry Wilkinson (ID *****6795) Date: June 21, 2008 at 17:29:44
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Arkansas For Immigrants:
Letter From Lafayette.
Walnut Hill, Dec. 20, 1877. Editors Gazette: Seeing in your edition of the 10th an article on the reaction of the vast Immigration to Texas now going on, I am led to say a few words in behalf of your own promising, but suffering State, promising to every true son & laborer of the agricultural realm suffering for the want of intelligent utilized labor. Many of the to be disappointed emigrants to the Lone Star State could save themselves much anxiety & the cost & trouble of a return trip if they would intelligently read, think, & correspond with any trusty interested citizen of your State in regard to the advantages offered to them here, and eschew the hallucinative offers made to them by unprincipled immigration agents, whose interest in the country they are selling lands in, and sending unsuspecting parties to, are governed only by the amount of commissions paid for sales or per head tax paid by some one to induce immigration. I would not be thought to say that all are so basely inclined, but a great many are, for before leaving Boston I was offered $13 per head for every emigrant I would send to Florida & found the stories of it greatly exaggerated so could not recommend any one to go where I would not live myself. Through correspondence with W. C. Bradley, Esq. & the Postmaster of this place, I was led to come here & look at your State, & having looked over it I am satisfied to stay here, & from a close observation & searching conversation with all claims? I have met, I find your State stands (sentence cut off here) borders - not men of the type of Chamberlain, Kellogg & Wells, who were disgraced to communities they had left, and certainly did not add any social luster to communities they settled in here, but men of clear brains, steady & industrious habits & examples. Such men can find a hearty welcome here & have the right hand of fellowship reached them upon their arrival... D. Joy Starbuck

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