Skip to main content
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, 389


August 16th 1819


We the undermentioned names comply according Earl BATHURST request to go as settlers to the Colony if accepted & terms satisfactory

E. BULLPIT as Captain 2 children under 5 years

B. PRIOR 1 child painter&glazier

Wm.TROTTER do. agriculturalist

John NAPIER batchler blacksmith

John WAIT no child builder

James WITHERIDGE one child bricklayer

Joseph COLLINS do. agriculturalist

Wm. FEMISTER batchler baker

John SHARP do. baker

James ADEN do agriculturalist

Jos. TROTTER one child do.

Direct Mr. BULPITT, No. 6 King's Gate St, Holborn




National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 613

No.6 King's Gate St


Oct 12th 1819

My Lord,

I beg leave to state to Lordship that we being Baptist desenters & having sent in a letter wishing to go as settlers to the Colleny beg leave to state to your Lordship that we have a capital of upwards of one thousand pounds & if charactor or recommendation is necessary we give a refferance to the Rev Jas. IVIMEY, No.20 Harper St Red Lion Square. We remain your Lordship's most obedient and humble servants


  • Hits: 6034