While this is the second edition of this book it is the first edition published in Ireland. Much of the contents of this book focus on practical issues facing those emigrating to the United States and looks to dispel any of the romantic notions the Irish emigrant may have had towards America. It does contain many useful tips for emigrating, such as surviving the trans-Atlantic crossing, securing employment on arrival, farming, notes on the climate and condition of the land including prices and also general expenses. The guide also contains very useful tips on travelling once you have arrived as well as notes on the history of the country as well as brief notes on each individual state. The guide also included a copy of the American Constitution as well as general advice and observations on the people and notes on naturalization and citizenship. The guide concludes with an alphabetical list of the trans-Atlantic steamers and details of the pricing, ports of departure and arrival. This guide was an essential source for those emigrating to America.