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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.

CAMPBELL, Peter, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 452

29 Great Marlborough Street

22 Oct 1819

May it please your Lordship

Your Lordship's memorialist Peter CAMPBELL Surgeon humbly begs leave to state that having made arrangements to proceed as a settler to the Cape of Good Hope in the party of John BAILIE Esq of Manchester Buildings, he should feel most happy to render himself professionally useful on the voyage or after the arrival of the settlers.

I have been for ten years a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of London and a resident in Great Marlborough Street, St. James's. I am a “perpetual pupil” at the Royal Institution of Dr. PEARSON Physician to St. Georges Hospital, of Mr. CARPUE Lecturer on Anatomy and Surgery, of Dr. THYNNE Lecturer on Midwifery, and in the years 1809 and 1810 I was surgeon pupil at the Middlesex Hospital from which as well as from the above professors I have the usual testimonials.

I have served His Majesty for nearly 4 years in the Royal Artillery and I trust my character will bear the strictest investigation. My object my Lord most respectfully to beg leave to introduce myself to your Lordship's notice, and should His Majesty's Government or the interest of the colony require the number of my professional exertions I feel myself ready on all occasions to [pro]mote the interest of both; and faithfully to discharge any public duty with which I may have the honour of being intrusted.

I have the honour to be my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient and humble servant





National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 491

No.3 Lambeth Butts


Nov 5th 1819

My Lord,

I am one of those proceeding as colonists to the Cape of Good Hope. A few days ago I had the honour of addressing a note to your Lordship stating the outlines of my certificates of qualifications as a surgeon, man-midwife and chemist and now most respectfully beg leave to submit to your Lordship's consideration the inclosed testimonial of character which I trust may operate in my favour should a vacancy for a surgeon exist in any of the transports proceeding to the intended colony.

Your Lordship's condescension to confer this favour might materially serve me as I have a heavy family and such an appointment would afford me an early opportunity of introducing myself professionally to a portion of the settlers.

In conclusion my Lord I beg leave to request that this document may be returned as it may probably be of service to me on a future occasion.

I have the honour to be my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient and humble servant




[The following letter from Peter CAMPBELL to Thomas MAHONEY is filed under M at CO48/44]

No.3 Lambeth Butts

20th Oct 1819

Dear Sir,

I have been so busy for the last day or two that I have not had time for calling on you. I feel much obliged by your promptitude in giving me the preference and I trust it will not inconvenience you to alter your arrangement; but I have been compelled to yield to a predilection which Mrs. CAMPBELL entertains for Mrs. DANIEL and attach myself to the party of Mr. TURVEY

I am dear Sir your obdt serv't



See also the correspondence of Edward TURVEY at CO48/46

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