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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, 217

Northampton Street



20 July 1819


I have the honour to request that you will be so good as to furnish me with the necessary information relative to the encouragement to be given to individuals who may be intend to emigrate from this country to Africa upon the plans proposed by Government.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your obdt svt

J. BEACALL, Surgeon




National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 269

54 Northampton Street


28th July 1819


I have the honour to acknowledge your reply to my former letter relative to the [new] settlements and being desirous of becoming a settler should the thing appear eligible am solicitous of further information. My circumstances are such as not to oblige me to leave England: but with the hope of bettering my condition (having a young family growing up) I should join some friends who are intend to this settlement. If not impossible I should wish an early interview with one of the principals of the office who could answer a few questions I wish to become familiar with and which the limits of a letter preclude. Hoping this indulgence in order to my further arrangement.

I remain your obt svt

J. BEACALL, Surgeon

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