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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, 129


July 30th 1819


Seeing in the papers some offers made by Government to induce persons to prefer emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope, we are desirous of receiving information upon the following enquiries:

1st. There are ten of us, the greater number mechanics, carpenters, smiths &c, some married and with families; what is the sum to be left with the Government for each man, and is the same to be left for each Female & Child.

2nd. Is the voyage and victualing &c to the Cape to be found to each Emigrant gratis

3rd. Upon arrival at the Cape have the settlers to go far from the Coast to the Place where they are to receive the Grant of Land and will they be conveyed there at the expence of the Government.

4th. Will Government give the settlers any seed or any cattle or any tools &c

5th. Is each person to have one hundred acres as thus, a man one hundred acres, his wife one hundred acres and each child one hundred acres, or will only one hundred acres be given to the husband (in the case of the married persons). [margin note For each family 100 acres.]

6th. Will tonnage be allowed to each person and what amount. [margin note: reasonable]

7th. At what time can we be sent out, is it at this time, can we go a month hence, any information upon the subject will be thankfully received.

Your obedient servant


As early an answer as convenient will be reckoned a favour

Please direct to Mr. Henry COCKLE

Back Lane



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