RYE, Maria Susan. 21041



Autograph Letter Signed, addressed ‘Dear Sir’, thanking him for the donation of “£5 for my July party of female orphan emigrants to Canada”, glad he is pleased with her report, hoping to set out again in September with another party of children. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, fine, with the integral blank leaf lightly tipped on to part of an old album page. 418 Strand, London, 18 June 1870. Maria Susan Rye (1829-1903), social reformer. In the 1860s she helped to send girls of the middle class and domestic servants to Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and she visited these colonies to form committees for the protection of the emigrants. She was the author of Emigration of Educated Women (1861). From 1868 she devoted herself to the emigration of pauper children. The first party left England in October 1869. “… I am thankful to be able to say that / DV / I am starting this time with 115 children – & am hoping to be in England again in September to fetch another party of children for whom I also have openings.”