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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.


National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 322

210 Bermondsey Street

August 5 1819


Having a wish for agricultural pursuits and having but a small capital I should wish to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope if there is any prospect of gaining a comfortable living. If you will favour me with a few particulars you will very much oblige. I have been accostomed to farming all my days. I have a wife and two brothers (both used to farming) they are about 20 years of age myself and wife are rather more than 30. There is also a young couple that will accompany us (the man is a smith by trade)

Sir, I am your obdt. Servt.





National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 467

210 Bermondsey Street

Sept. 4 1819


I have eleven persons with middling capitals willing to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope conformeable to the rules laid down in the circular. All under 32 years of age.

Your Obt. Servt.


NB. The principle part brought up to husbandry

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