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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.

BONNIN, Samuel, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 617

Oct 13 1819

My Lord,

Personal importance is the only Apology I can make your Lordship for this intrusion. I respectfully beg leave to state that being desirous of going to the Cape I beg settler as I reside on a small farm at Shillington in the County of Beds, indeavoured to unite with an Accept. Party namely Mr. WYNNs but Coming to London purposely upon the Business I find their Complyment Compleet by Report I find that His Majesty Government will give the grant of Land to an individual Family who will Pay their own Expense there, & that some Privelidge such as a Choice of the Land will be granted to such adventurer to ascertain the fact, or not, & what the Expense of Self Wife 2 Daughters one 16 the other 13 years of Age with an Infant son will be is what I Humbly request your Lordships Answer upon us soon as Convenient as I now wait in London purposely for such Information, to Honour of a line upon the Subject. Directed for Samuel BONNIN at Mr. BRADDEN's No. 66 Gt. Queen Street Will much serve & oblidge your Lordship's most Obedient & Humble Servant


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