It was a matter of some astonishment when it became known that the Cornwallis had made her passage in 83 days, bringing a well-selected lot of immigrants at £12 9s. 6d, per head. But a look at the vessel is sufficient to show that without being a first-class clipper, she may be safely calculated to sail remarkably well, and on the present passage, she has done so. It has been of late a subject of regret that the size of immigrant vessels has been gradually decreasing, till it became a matter almost impossible to afford that space and ventilation which a larger class of ships can afford ; and the present case is not an exception to the rule, though the strenuous exertions of Dr. Campbell, aided by Captain Vaile, have succeeded as far as practicable in making very necessary improvements in the general arrangements, which has materially added to the comfort and well-being of the persons on board. From stem to stern the tween decks are highly creditable to the occupants, the compartment of the single women being particularly noticeable. A similar remark applies to the quarters of the bachelors, who are spoken of very, highly by the Doctor as being industrious, active, and willing to obey the regulations for good order, the observance of which has had the effect of maintaining harmony ; which was only broken on one or two occasions by some stiff-necked individuals, whose vagaries, however, caused more annoyance to themselves than others. In the juvenile department it is worthy, of note that there are 48 youngsters under seven years of age, and not a case of sickness amongst' them; indeed, the only death which occurred was that of a person in delicate health on embarkation. There are on board 56 married couples, 83 single men, and 32 single females, and from the trade-list they appear to have been selected with due regard to the requirements of the colony. There are several good domestic servants available for engagement though many of the single women arrive at the instance of friends.
It is believed that in the arrangements below a geat improvement would be effected by erecting the bulkheads athwartships instead of dividing the after-compartment into two narrow strips of confined space, both of which, however, are scrupulously neat and clean. It is also thought that the grated barrier on the main deck is no improvement, and might easily be abolished by adopting the after-ventilator as a companion-way for the single women. But all things considered, the vessel is in admirable condition, reflecting credit on all concerned. She has been fortunate in making a good passage, and also in arriving with half an hour to spare before the closing of the English mail, thus enabling the master to forward letters home.
Subjoined are the immigrants' names, with their national and industrial classification :—
English —Sarah Andrews, William Aytes, Francis and Emma Aytes, William, Zoel, Mary J., Christina, and E. Barnes, Anna Barnett, R. Bayling, Jane, Ann, Margaret, and Albert Bayling, Charles, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, and John Bennetts, Richard and Maria Bennetts, David and Grace Bickford, Peter, Mary, John, James, Mary A., William, and Sarah J. Bradbury, Nichs., Mary A., and Ann Carpenter, James, Mary, James, Thomas, William, and Mary Carris, Lewis Chant William Coat, William Cobby, John Cock, Anthony Cock, Elizabeth Cook, George Copping, George Crossman, Sam , Dangerfield, Elizabeth Dangerfield, Alice Davies, Susan Davies, George and Mary Davies, Edward Deer, Eli Denton, Samuel Dower, Thomas Drake, Edward and Sarah Eddy, John, Selina, Grace, Albert, and John Evans, Charles Foot, James, Anne, George, and Mary J. Foulker, Edward Gamey, Frederick Garland, Jas. George, Jos., Grace, and Mary A. Grove, Richard Harvey, William and Elizabeth Hawkins, Robert, Emily, William, and Lucy Hayball, Thomas and Mary Hicks, Jane Hooper, Thomas and Moses James, Cath. Johns, Penina Johnson, Augustus and William Jones, John, Elizabeth, and Mary Kessell, Clement, and Emma King, George C. Knight, George, Phoebe, and Emma Knill, Frederick, Mary J., David, and Mary Langon, Henry Lockier, William and Emily Loveder, Mary A. Lumbard, Edward Mann, James. Emily, Francis, Grace, and James Martin, John Mason, William Mines, John, Ann, and Jno. W. Mines, David, Ann, Alice, and Thomas Mines, Elizabeth, Mary, and Edward Mitchell, Elias Mitchell, John and Joseph Mitchell, William Nicholas, Richard Nicholas, William, Oates, James. Elizabeth, and James Pascoe, Alfred Payne, Fred. Payne, Richard. Mary, and Henry Pearce, Julia Pearce, Hugh, William, Jacob, Charles, and Thomas Pearce, James, Jane, John, and Eliza Pengilly, Martha Prude, Ralph Rawlinson, Harriet Reed, John and Grace Richards, John H. Richards, Wm. H., Matilda, Jas., Wm. H., Matilda, and Eleanor Roach, Jno. Robins, Jno. Rogers, Geo., Emma, Ann, Edward, Matthew, and Wm. Rogers, Sarah Rowe, Richard Rule, Roper and Harriet Shard, Henry and Sarah Smedley, Thomas Spargo, Richard H. Stacey, James Stockwell, Samuel Stone, John Stook, Mary Strewes, William and Eliza Thomas, Thomas and Semler Thomas, Thomas and Ann Toukyn, W. H. Tregilgas, Samuel, Esther, John. William, and Samuel Trengove, John and Phillis Trewarn, William, Jane, John, and Mary Trewella, Elizabeth Vogwill John and Charlotte Wait, Enoch Wale, George Webb, William Webb, Ann and Susannah Whiting, Austin Whitcomb, William H. and Nancy Williams, George and Ann Windom, John and Elizabeth Woolmington.
Scotch — William, Mary, and Alexander Alexander, John and Mary Campbell, Elizabeth Campbell, John Campbell, Geo. Carle, John P. Combe, Mary W. Combe, James, Mary, and Jane Donaldson, John Enison, Thomas, Margaret, and Thomas W. Farmer, Walter Farms, James, Elizabeth, and William Ferguson, Robert Forgan, Alexander Gow, Agnes and Elizabeth Hamilton, Robert Henderson, John Heught, John and Margaret Hourston, John, Mary, Christina, George, and Margaret Jamieson, David, Mary, David, John, Margaret, and Hugh Kennedy, Joseph, Mary, Isabella, and Elizabeth Kilgour, Alexander McBean, David McDonald, John, Catherine, Hugh, and Grace McLean. William McKenna, Archibald Morgan, William, Elizabeth, and Thomas Pride, James Rendall, Robert Robertson, George and Mary Ross, Robert, Catherine, Isabella, and Catherine Shearer, James Taylor, George Thompson, Alexander Wilson, and George Whyte.
Irish — Julia Gilgan.
Labourers 41, farm labourers 21, servants 18, miners 23, butcher 1, ploughmen 5, laundrymaid 1, tailor 1, shoemakers 3, railway labourer 1, blacksmiths 6, colliers 2, sawyer 1, ironworker 1, wheelwright 1, warehouse man 1, printer 1, masons 2, housekeeper 1, fire-dresser 1, ironmoulder 1, carpenters 3, dressmaker l, baker 1, plumbers 2, gasfitter 1, engineer 1, iron founder ?, cook 1, plasterers 3, gardener and coachman 1.
English— Adults 172, children between one and twelve 37, infants 6, total 215
Scotch— Adults 54, children between one and twelve 10, infants 4, total 68
Irish— Adults 1, total 1
Grand total 284