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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

pre 1820 Settler Correspondence before emigration

ALL the 1819 correspondence from CO48/41 through CO48/46 has been transcribed whether or not the writers emigrated to the Cape. Those written by people who did become settlers, as listed in "The Settler Handbook" by M.D. Nash (Chameleon Press 1987), are labelled 1820 Settler and the names of actual settlers in the text appear in red.

AMES, John, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 170

Dec 15th 1819

May it please Your Lordship

A grant of Land having been made to a Mr HAWKINS for Forty Families to Embark to the Cape of Good Hope, I were induced to into a Company called the Hardwick Society held at the Running Horse Blackfriars Road, a Petition having been previously presented to remove the grant from the aforesaid HAWKINS, on account of his ineligibility, he being in the rule of the King's Bench; & it was therefore transferred to a Mr. COCK, in consequence of that Petition in which your applicants name appears - your Petitioner hath therefore to implore your Lordship's kindness from the following reasons.


Having disposed of a Good House together with the Furniture situated No. 11 Rockingham Row Kent Road to Robert Wallace HOPE Esq of His Majestys Surveyor Generals Office Tower a Gentleman well known to Government & then renting apartments in my House.


Having paid a deposit Mr COCK declining to take the whole sum to be furnished in consequence of the then delicate state of my wife, she having lain in only a few days, but assured your Petitioner he should receive such necessary information previous to sailing - but such information from some unknown cause was never given to your Lordships Petitioner - he therefore humbly intreats your Lordship either to allow him to join the vessel (now at Portsmouth) by order, or to embark in any other that is for the same destination, on your Petitioners furnishing the whole sum required by Government - Or other wise grant him permission to take Ten Families according to the rules made for that purpose, your Lordship to be assured a more Gratefull petitioner would not exist than your Lordship's Most Humble & Obedient servant


Now residing at Mr NICOLLS's No 11 Broadway, Deptford

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