Photograph of old letter about migrating

The opportunity to improve their lives and circumstances is often why people migrate today – and so it was in the past. In this letter extract from 1872, J Hoyle writes from Arizona: “I should think…Mrs Brock… could do much better in the United States where wages is much better than in England then there is good public schools it cost you nothing to give your children schooling and also there many opportunity for Boys to make good wages after school”. The focus on more freedom and better wages is a common thread in our migrant letters. (AD2183/9)

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