1840 (Oct 9) large-part entire signed "ACooper", to London with British 'SHIP-LETTER' h/s & London arrival b/s of 18FE18/1841 in red, rather aged. Ex Rod Moreton: on his exhibit page. [The writer, a lawyer, states "The place is glutted with any thing at the moment that is unsaleable...Money & labour is very much wanted & the Government as if purposely to retard the development of the Colony have stopped the assignment of Convicts & withdrawn their Specie from the Banks & consequently from the public at the very time it was most needed..."]
Convicts represented a chief source of labour for the free settlers. However, on 8/10/1839, the government announced that the assignment of convicts was to end & "...the Settlers must be prepared for the immediate diminution of Assignment, and the speedy discontinuance of it altogether".
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