Departure from Home


“From the hour of his departure to the hour of his settlement on his final resting-place, the emigrant is a prey to human vultures. At the great ports where emigrants embark in the Old World– Liverpool, Limerick, Glasgow, Belfast, Bremen, Amsterdam, Havre– a brood of hungry rascals earn a fat livelihood by cheating them. . . The business is most profitable at Liverpool– which is the largest emigrant depôt of the Old World– and the chief dupes are the Irish.”

Harper’s Weekly, June 26, 1858