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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.

COKER, Walter King re James THOMAS, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 547




Nr Wellington

16th December 1819

My Lord,

Should the subject I am about to mention not come under your Lordship's circumference I have to apologise for intruding on your time, but this Parish is at present so burdened with poor that any addition is of course a matter of moment. James THOMAS, a Greenwich Pensioner, has I am informed ingaged to sail with George SOUTHEY of the Parish of Wellington, Somerset to the Cape of Good Hope and has left a wife and five young children chargeable to this Parish. I should therefore feel obliged by your Lordship's informing me if steps cannot be taken to prevent him leaving England. Again allow me to apologise for intruding on your Lordship's time and I have the honour to remain my Lord

Your Lordship's obt hbl svt

Walter King COKER

Minister of Hemyock

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