duty in Canada and Nova Scotia. The officers of Customs at the several ports of the United Kingdom have received the necessary instructions on this subject and public notice will be given should it at any future time be found expedient to vary the course of proceeding now adopted. . . .
R. W. HAY TO LIEUTENANT ROBERT LOW 22 May 18341
In reply to your letter of the 10th instant, I am directed by Mr. Secretary Stanley to again remind you that, in the absence of all legal power to detain ships, not absolutely infringing on the provisions of the Passengers Act, however objectionable may be the state in which they may be proceeding to sea, it would be desirable for you to confine yourself to remonstrance only with the owners of such ships; as a more violent mode of proceeding tends merely to show the nonexistence of a power to compel offending parties to alter their conduct.
I enclose you the names of the officers who have been appointed Emigration Agents, together with the ports to which they are respectively attached; but as letters to them will not be delivered free of postage, I would suggest the propriety of communicating with them through the medium of this office. . . .
JOSEPH BANKS: EVIDENCE BEFORE A COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON TRANSPORTATION 1 April 17792
Yoseph Banks, Esquire, being requested, in case it should be thought expedient to establish in a colony of convicted felons in any distant____________________