FEMALE EMIGRATION. WOMEN COLONIZING THE FAR WEST. Hundreds of Marriageable Young Women Going to Washington Territory.
For several years past the scheme of female colonization for the Far West and the newly settled Territories on the Pacific slope, has been extensively discussed and widely approved. The fact that a scarcity of women existed in those far away and newly settled regions, while a superabundance of the fairer sex abounded in the New-England and the Middle States, naturally led many to believe that any feasible plan looking toward the removal of these two great drawbacks, would be a beneficial and desirable one for both sections. Several schemes have from time to time been set forthwith but indifferent success, the projectors not taking that active interest in the enterprise so necessary to a prosperous culmination.
Now, perhaps we have something tangible, and an enterprise that seems to possess all the elements of success, for the prime mover uses his personal effort and private means to promote the novel and interesting enterprise. This scheme is simply the gathering together of some seven or eight hundred young and marriageable women, of unexceptionable character, and some little private means, and shipping the same in a steamship, via Cape Horn, to Washington Territory, there to be provided with employment, and in many instances comfortable homes.
The scheme has so far progressed that seven hundred young women, thirty or forty families and twenty young men will sail from this port in the first week of October, in the steamship Continental, for Washington Territory. The party emigrate to the Pacific coast under the superintendence of Mr. A. S. MERCER, a resident of Washington Territory, a member of the Territorial Council, and an authorized agent by appointment of GOV. PICKERING.
Many of our readers will naturally inquire
WHO THE EMIGRANTS ARE,
and whence they come. We will endeavor to satisfy such natural inquiries. It appears that the largest number of the young women who accompany the expedition, and whose presence constitutes its principle feature, are from the New-England States. They are chiefly the daughters of soldiers. Their ages vary from sixteen to twenty-five years; some few are older. They are guaranteed employment when they arrive in Washington Territory, with a sufficient remuneration to make them independent. Although this is not a matrimonial adventure, it being expressly stipulated that the wages of the girls be adequate for their support without recourse to marriage, there is not the most distant probability that any young woman who desires to marry will be prevented. . . .
New York Times, September 30, 1865.