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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, Thomas (1)

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 209

Poplar, July 15th 1819

My Lord,

The humbell pertishner begs your Lord Ships pardon for being so bould as to trobeling you again upon the subject as going for a settler to any one of his Majestyes furren settelments as you pertishner received for answer about 2 years ago that it was not Govenments intention to send any at that time but seing an advertisement that it was the intention of govenment to asist such as would be willing to go to the Cape of Good Hope and if that be the intention of his Majestyes Govenment your pertishner & his famely will be very happy to inbrace the oppertunyty of such a faviour. My Lord your pertishner is a poore man with a large familey a black smith by trade and finds it hard to supporte them at present.

I am your Lordships most humbell & most obedent pertishner and for the same am bound to pray

Thomas BROWN

North Stree[t]






National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 439/440

55 North Street



Aug 26th 1819

Honnerabell My Lord,

And may it please your Lordship to grant further information to us Pertisners how to prosede as we have aplyed for Parochicel Ade for the Cape of Good Hope as they are willing to give it if we are excepted by his Majes govenment the Parish of Poplar and Blackwall - if answered by letter please to dyrect to Thomas BROWN 55 North Street Poplar Mdx

I am your Lordships most obedient humbell servant

The names of Pertishners

Thomas BROWN wife 3 children

James BROWN single man

James LEPPAN wife 3 children

Thomas LEPPAN single man

Charles DADSWELL wife 3 children

John BAKER wife 5 children

Peter SCOTT singell man

Richard ROLT and mother

Thomas HONE wife 2 children

Isack HONE single man

Peter ROLT wife 4 children

Timothy DONOVAN wife 2 children

James BROOKS wife 6 children

Cornelias COUGHLAN whife 4 children




National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 589

No 55 North Stree[t]



Oct 6th 1819

Honnerabel my Lord,

And may it please your Lordship to take into consideration for a pore man with a large fameley who hath many times aplyed to your Lordship for emegranting to any of his Magestys Colines and I have received your sercular answers and much aprove of them but being poore and not abel to make the deposit of money required I beg that your Lordship will be plesed to let me go without paying of it as I am in no fear of giting a livelyhood at the Cape of Good Hope as I am a blacksmith by trade and have beene brought up to farming bisiness and have a large famely wiling to work if they had it. I have made aplycation to the parish for to asist me with the money but they have refused so that I relye on your Lordship's goodness to be a poore mans frend and to grant my request.

I beg leave to be your Lordships most obedient humbel servant

Thomas BROWN

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