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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.


National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 48

Aug 3 1819


John ARGENT, carpenter, No.4 back of Charles Street, Dalston, Hackney wishes to engage himself in your philantrophic desine of ingaging persons to the Cape of Good Hope should it meet with your approbabtion.

John ARGENT is 39 years last

Jane Mary ARGENT wife 38 years

James ARGENT son 13 years March last

If not taken to great liberty should be glad to know if we could have the privilege of following his trade in connection with your adopted plan.

I remain with due attention and all possible respect Sir

Your humble sevt.

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