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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 CO48/42, 223

Aug 18th 1819

The petition of James CAMPBELL of Warren Point, County Down, Ireland

Most humbly sheweth

That your Lordship's pet'r was bred to agriculture and mentained a large family decently in that line of life – but that on acct. of his three eldest sons entering into His majesty's service (the two eldest of whom fell in the late war with France) and other losses he sustained in his course of business he was forced to give up his favourite employment (farming) and is now endeavouring to support his remaining family (3 sons and 1 daughter) by teaching a small school. Pet'r therefore most humbly casts himself on the clemency of His Majesty's Government and prays your Lordship to order a passage (free) for him and his family to the new colony at the Cape of Good Hope, and pet'r is willing to enter into any legal engagements that may be required to assure His Majesty's Government of the repayment of any extra expence attending the transporting of his s'd family as he at present cannot command any mony to deposit according to the publish'd documents. Pet'r further saith that he can and will satisfy your Lordship of the truth of his statement if required, by vouchers from the War Office and certificates or affidavits

And your pet'r as in duty bound will pray


Warren Point



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