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The English Settlers Take Further Action The Highlanders' Removal

The Highlanders' Demands
The Scottish Highlanders were less inclined to accede to the company's alternate terms. They declined the company's offers of paid employment, and refused to harvest the company's crops which were intended partially for their own benefit. The settlers' actions only increased their suffering, and they spent the winter of 1837-1838, like the previous one, with little food to eat and no money to purchase provisions.
However, in early January 1838, the Scots petitioned the House of Assembly, setting out their grievances against the company and requesting relief. On 21 February 1838, the select committee, comprised of James Brown Jr., William Crane, and L. A. Wilmot, presented its findings. The committee reported that the Scottish settlers' sufferings had "partly arisen" from the land company's failure to fulfill promises detailed in its printed prospectus. Expressing sympathy for the settlers' "destitute and starving" condition, the report recommended that a sum of money be granted towards their immediate relief. The House set aside ₤150 in aid of the emigrants; however, their grievances remained unresolved.