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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.

BILES, John, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 233

July 23 1819


Being informed that you are the Gentleman to whom I am to apply for instructions respecting the Emmigrating to the Cape of good hope, I take the liberty of requesting permission to offer myself with a Wife and Child to your notice. My age 34. Wife 30. Child one year. If it meets approbation, my address is: John BILES, no.25 New Street Camden Street East Street Walworth. An Answer with full information will be esteemed as an essential favour Conferd on

Sir, Your most obedient Humble Servant


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