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16 October 2014
Immigrants & Exiles - Scots in Scotland

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Compare sources A and B as evidence about what Scottish emigrants thought of their new countries.

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left border Servants here dress almost as fine as their mistresses. In summer white dresses black veils and silk parasols are quite common among them. In that way they are just like everyone here by being better dressed than people at home. I have seen fewer ragged people here than in Aberdeen. The country people are dressed in thick, grey home-made clothes. They all wear the same as if they were a regiment of soldiers. I plan to stay here all winter and go up the country early in spring. Until then I would not want to give anyone advice about coming to America although what I have seen confirms my opinion that any steady person who is willing to work would do better than at home. Letter from James Thomson, Montreal, November 3rd, 1844 right border
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source B
left border I think I will like this country well. Servants here earn wages of £26 to £30 with a free house and fuel, and it is expected wages will be higher soon. Scottish servants are preferred to all other nationalities. I will not advise you to leave everything and come here if you have a permanent job, but any man or woman can do far better here than at home and with half the care and trouble too! I hope many more Aberdeenshire folk will come out - they will do well.

Letter from Mr Donald of Melbourne, published in the Aberdeen Journal on 12th May 1852
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