Irish Settlers: Their Success - Irish in America

John Francis Maguire
1868
CHAPTER IV (2) start of chapter

Hundreds of cases could be mentioned of Irishmen, originally of the very humblest condition, who, when they came out first, worked as farm-labourers for others, and now occupy, as owners, the very property on which they toiled for their daily bread. On the one hand, there was waste and extravagance; on the other, thrift and industry; with the natural result, that the latter took the place which the former could not hold.

There are millions of acres yet unoccupied, which have never been visited save by the lumberman and his assistants; and of this land any quantity may be had from the State on easy terms. Thus, for instance, for a sum of 60l., a property consisting of 500 acres may be purchased in New Brunswick—may be held as long as grass grows and water runs. But, altogether independent of the land that may be had from the State, either by purchase or under the provisions of the Labour Act, there are cultivated farms which, like all other descriptions of property, are constantly in the market; and the thrifty man—the sober and prudent man—who watches the opportunity of purchasing to advantage, may do so at almost any time.