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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, William, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 289

July 31 1819


I have written a few lines of the names of which is desirous of going to the Cape of Good Hope

Joseph GREEN aged 28 Years Francis GREEN wife aged 19 years

Joseph GREEN Warehouseman to Mr. Edwd. SHARPE's China Shop Cockspur St.

Wm. BROWN Do. to Edward SHARPE's aged 19y

Henry SCHAARTZELL Do. to Edwd. SHARPE's aged 16y

John CLARK Warehouse Man to Mr. Thomas KENT Piccadilly aged 18y





National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 609

October 11th 1819


Having engaged with Mr. Thos. WILSON Bridge Cottage Chelsea to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope I should esteem it a particular favour if you would inform me if he has been accepted by Government, and if it would be proper to pay him the deposit.

I have the honour to be Sir,

Your Most.obt. Servt.


Thos. GIBSON Esq

1 Trump St


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