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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.

BROWN, George and Stephen

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 309

Bethnal Green August 3 1819

Hon Sir,

We persons viz George BROWN smith & farrier with my wife and Steven BROWN & wife, having great inclination to go to the Cape of Good Hope, have made an aplication at your office & was instructed by your gentleman to write to inquire the particulars that is requisite before such an adventure, in the first place we have been brought up in the country & understand the cultivation of land & must beg Sir that you will not think me too troublesome in asking the few following questions. First what implements of husbandry or household furniture will be allowed to be taken or if they will be provided us 2ndly if our seeds & corn will not be found us the first year 3rdly what we are to subsist on when we arrive untill we have had a harvest & whether there will not be some little hut on each man's piece of ground for us to dwell in.

Sir, if you will oblige us with an answer to this & tell us what is necessary for us to know you will very much oblige your humble servants

G. & Stephen BROWN

Please to direct as follows

George BROWN

Smith and Farrier

No. 31 Pitt Street

Bethnal Green Road

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