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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, 160

Stapleton Place, near Bristol

Aug 4th 1819


Having seen an imperfect account of the intentions of Government towards those inclined to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope I am induced thus to make application for their intentions on the subject. Also to query whether or not there be any superior advantages, or situations by them to be filled up, that an intelligent & enlightened practical agriculturalist who has the advantages of a good education, can produce the most respectable recommendations, with a small capital, can look up to? And through what channel it is most probable successful application for an appointment can be made. An answer to the above, with any other necessary or useful communications on the subject you may be pleased to honour me with, will be gratefully received by, Gentlemen,

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National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 358

Stapleton Place

Near Bristol

Having in the course of last month rec'd an immediate answer to my queries respecting the intentions of Government towards those abt to settle at the Cape of Good Hope, I am induced once more to trouble the office with an enquiry of whether or not the number to whom it is intended to render aid be yet complete – with any other necessary communications, as little or no information is to be derived from the public papers on the subject.

I am Sirs

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