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The population was still spread mainly along the principal waterways. As the eye travelled westward over the map, there were large areas not yet surveyed into townships. An intensive publicity campaign by the Canada Company, a land company based in London, contributed to the impression at this time that these lands only waited for people to arrive from Britain to become productive. Petworth emigrants sent to Upper Canada between 1832 and 1837 were part of a wave of emigrants from the British Isles who came to North America during the three decades following the Napoleonic Wars.
The settlers he wanted for these newly opening townships were British. He saw the high proportion of American-born settlers in western Upper Canada as both a military liability in the event of hostilities with the United States and a threat to British customs and institutions. To this end, he was tireless in interviewing, entertaining, and wooing new immigrants who arrived with capital, and he used every opportunity to direct the destination of assisted settlers. Many Petworth emigrants received help in travelling within Upper Canada.
14 This was the kind of thinking that led the government to find the magistracy wanting and to seek more reliable instruments for controlling the poor. Richmond himself was as confident as Egremont and personally popular, but he saw a more menacing side to the disturbances in parishes centred around towns such as Worthing, Arundel, and Chichester. He described the snowball effect of a tumultuous crowd, how it became "more drunk and more daring" as it rolled across the flat coastal plain. Workers who on their own would have done nothing were intimidated and gathered up into the mob.