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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.

BRYANT, Joseph

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 764

Bristol 27th December 1889


A new settlement being about to be formed at Algoa Bay, near the Cape of Good Hope I beg leave to offer my services to Government, as a Surveyor and Craftsman, should a person of my profession be wanting to promote the views of the colonists. I have to state that I hold his Majesty's Commission as a Surveyor in the Island of Jamaica where I have resided for several years but obliged to leave on account of ill health and as the nature of my employment has been chiefly in surveying trackless and uncultivated lands. I flatter myself I could be of real service to an infant colony of this description. Should this offer be deemed worthy of consideration I am ready to give the most respectable referments. I have the honour to be Sir

Your most obedient Servant


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