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A Despatch from H.M. Ambassador at Washington
reporting on Conditions at Ellis Island Immigration Station
Presented to Parliament by command of His Majesty, 1923

Sir A. Geddes to the Marquess Curzon of Kedleston. (Received January 29, 1923)


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Washington, January 18, 1923.

My Lord,

     I have the honour to inform you that on the 18th December I received a courteous invitation from Mr. Davis, the Secretary of Labour, to visit Ellis Island. I accepted this invitation, and on the 28th December, 1922, I visited the island and inspected the institutions there.

     Ellis Island consists of three islands. The buildings of the immigration station are on one island, the general hospital on another and the isolation hospital on the third.

     I saw the immigration station thoroughly, and enough of the general hospital to arrive at a fair idea of its state of efficiency. I had time merely to glance at the isolation hospital. I propose to give my impression of these establishments in order.

Cover page
  1. The Immigration Station
  2. The Hospital
  3. The Isolation Hospital
  4. Author's Recommendations
  5. Enclosure: Sample Menu


[Web Editor's Note: The original English spelling of words has been retained in the transcription of this letter. Additionally, where a picture already exists on this web site of the room or building mentioned in Sir Geddes' letter, the reader will find a link to that picture from the text within the letter.]

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