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Port of Spain Gazette, Tuesday, November 3, 1846, p.3

We have had one or two arrivals of immigrants from Madeira during the fortnight. Among the vessels from that island which have come into port has been the Lord Seaton, which brought on the 10th, 203 people, on their way to Trinidad under peculiar circumstances. The passengers by the vessel were religious refugees ordered, with from three to four thousand more of their countrymen, to quit Madeira. As many of the English papers have mentioned, there has been a religious commotion of late in that island, in consequence of the success with which an English physician, of the name of Dr. Kalley, belonging, as we learn, to the sect called Plymouth Brethren, managed to convert a number of the islanders to his own persuasion. The Roman Catholic Clergy took the alarm, and finding no other way of stopping the progress of Dr. Kalley, they contrived to get him, not without some risk to his life, and considerable loss to his property, ejected from the island. The Doctor took refuge on board one of the Royal West India Steam packets riding at the time in the bay of Funchal on her outward route to these colonies; and is at the present moment, we are informed, in Trinidad. After getting rid of him, the next thing to be done by the Catholic hierarchy to restore religious unity to Madeira was to separate the tainted from the healthy sheep; and the result has been the denouncing of near 4,000 people as Kalleyites to the authorities, for the purpose, which has been accomplished, of having them ordered off the island. The first batch of these exiles have found their way by the Lord Seaton, to that region of liberty, the British West Indies. If there is any truth in what some party writers say, that we are carrying on slavery under the name of immigration, it is astonishing that these people did not go to Havannah, Porto Rico, or New-Orleans. What will become of the remainder of these Kalleyites is a very interesting matter to us. We suppose they will choose between Trinidad and this colony. After Demerara, Trinidad might suit them better than any other spot as their future home. But our Trinidad neighbours must excuse us, if we give the preference to this colony, and that on this simple ground, that there is, which there is not in Trinidad, a most extensive body of Portuguese already naturalised in this colony, to the number of upwards 12,000 individuals, and that among these the refugees will find themselves more at home than they could do among the miscellaneous population - almost all Roman Catholic, by the way, - of Trinidad. On Saturday the Roger Stewart arrived from Madeira, and yesterday the John Horrocks, but both disappointed in obtaining immigrants.

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