This chapter discusses the early initiatives in child emigration, focusing on the efforts of Maria Rye, Annie Macpherson, James Nugent, Louisa Birt, William Quarrier, and John Middlemore. Despite the differences in the histories of various developments, their general features are remarkably similar. Each of the people discussed cultivated and benefited from complex networks of influence, power, information, and money. These networks extended across the Atlantic and between different parts of Britain. Many reflected particular religious affiliations and sympathies. Others overlapped into boards of guardians, and included government officials or MPs in both Britain and Canada.
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