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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, 49

July 23rd 1819

The memorial of Isaac CARLETON of Rathdrum most humbly sheweth:

The memorialist being desirous to emigrate from Ireland, and hearing your Lordship has granted lands with passage out and rations &c to Protestant Subjects at the Cape of Good Hope, S.E. of Cape Town, memorialist would willingly retire there and become a settler with my family &c. Mem'st is of the Established Church and served His Majesty for upwards of fifteen years in the Rathdrum Corps of Dismounted Cavalry. Mem'st most humbly solicits your Lordship will have the goodness to order an answer by return in order that I would prepare for my Departure and would be happy to know what time would answer best for a settler to leave Europe and where to apply for passage.

Memorialist will ever pray

PS an answer addressed to Isaac CARLETON


Co. Wicklow

shall be thankfully acknowledged

NB Memorialist would lodge which money I am possessed off in any office Government pleased till I arrived at my Destination

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