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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.

BAKER, W (1)

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 267

Black Dog

Mile End turnpike

July 28 1819


Seeing several advertisements in the papers respecting persons emigrating to the Cape, and wishing to know what advantages are held out by government I presume to address this letter to you

Requesting you will be so kind as to oblige me with a circular stating the particulars as there are a few young men understanding a perfect knowledge of agriculture desirous of going to that Colony who wish to know whether Government provide passage and provision out and what a single man will have to deposit and what will be required by man and wife. And what part of the Colony settlement will be made and quantity of land will be granted to each man, whether Government will provide the implements necessary for the emigrants at the farm or whether it will be required to take them from England. Your immediate answer to these questions will greatly oblige Sir

Yours respectfully,


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