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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.

ARMSTRONG, John, 1820 Settler

(see also correspondence of William SCANLAN and William PARKER CO48/45)

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 152

Cove Cork Nov 7, 1819

We are desired by Mr. LEWIS, Egent of Transports, to request that your Honour will spake to Lord BATHURST to send him an order to hasten us that came from Longford as settlers for the Cape of Good Hope. We are hear after selling our small places to deposit £10 pounds and pay car hire we have not one penny to keep us from starving, 130 miles from home. Such as had money to bring them back went home again but we the under named men, cannot there go back or support our selves.

We are

Edward FORBES, a wife and two children


John ARMSTRONG a wife and child

Laurence ARMSTRONG, a wife and child




National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 166

Nov 15, 1819

Honourable Sir,

This is to inform your Lordship that we the Longford emigrants for the Cape of Good Hope came to Cove of Cork according to an order that we would be received on rashons on the 25 November 1819. We have applied to the Admirals office, and Egent of Transports who told us they know nothing about us. We most humbly beg that your Lordship will send the nesery orders concerning our rashons as some famileys after depositing there share of money and paying car hire, with expense of bringing there famileys 130 miles they have not one penny to keep themselves or famileys from starving in the streets of Cove after selling there small places they cannot have the fare to return home. We beg that your Lordship will send the nesery orders on rec't of this as we are in a miserable condition.


Be pleased to send the answer to the Agent of Transport

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