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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, 383

50 Southandley Street

Grosvenor Square

August 14th 1819


Being desirous of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and having engaged ten single men agreeable to the circular and having been given to understand that there are already many more applicants than His Majesty's Government intend taking out, I should be very much obliged to you for answer to the following question, namely if His majesty's Government will permit me with my ten men a passage in one of the vessels which intends leaving England this year.

I am induced to ask this question that I may be in a certainty to promote matters for my departure. I am Sir

Your most obdt hbl sevt





National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 411

50 Southandley Street

Grosvenor Square

August 19th 1819


I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated the 17th and agreeable to its contents do herewith send you a detailed statement of the persons I intend taken to the Cape of Good Hope.

James FRY aged25 ]

Stephen IGGULDEN 21 ]

John ELSE 24 ]

James DUNNING 24 ] Agriculturalists, Mechanics, Rope Maker, Butcher,

Benjamin TYSON 23 ] Brickmaker & Labourers

John LILL 24 ]

George BARNARD 23 ]

William HILL 22 ]

Peter ALLISON 20 ]

I beg to say that I am myself well acquainted with the growth and manufacturing of hemp in all its various branches and I do hereby declare that I am willing to accept all the terms under which His Majesty's Government think proper to grant me in that Colony and if required have several respectable people that will bear testimony to my good conduct and respectability and that I am at any time to pay the deposit agreeable to the [circular?]. I must also beg the favour of answer as early as convenient intreating to know what time the vessel sails being anxious to arrange things for my departure. I am Sir

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