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would probably sail for the nearest port. After 1837

the officials of Boston provided for a careful in

spection of vessels bringing immigrants to that port.

The table on pages 6 and 7 indicates clearly the character of the immigration prior to 1845. The only

nationalities of importance are the Irish, English,

and natives of the British Provinces in America. Of

these the Irish have the greatest number. Since in several annual reports the number from Great Britain

was not differentiated as to the several nationali

ties constituting the United Kingdom, the exact amount of the Irish immigration cannot be given.

During the first five years (1820-1825 )the Irish immigrants increased from 125 to 252. In 1830 the number from Great Britain was 813, the greater part

being Irish. By 1835, the Irish alone were 2381; in 1840 and 1844 respectively they composed the greater

portion of those from Great Britain,---namely, 2383

and 2362.

During this period the English form about one

third of the immigrants coming from Great Britain. The number of alien passengers from British America

steadily increase, --from 81 in 1820 to 1500 in 1844.

Alien Passangers arriving at the Port of Boston,(1)

1820-1845. Place of

birth 1820 -21'-22'-23'-24'-25 -26 -27 -28 -29 -30 British 81

81 81

81 20 58 7 108 117 113 126 166 110 America Great Britain 36

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(1) Executive Documents, 16th to 31st Congress.

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