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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.

COLE, Robert, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 282

No.3 Christopher Court

St.Martin le Grand

Monday Sept 6 1819


I have lately been informed that it is the intention of Government to allow a certain number of persons to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope – as circumstances here has not met with my expectations I should be very happy in emigrating to the above Colony. I am at present unemployed. I have a wife which was brought up in the Farming Business from a Child, her age 21 and mine 22. An answer would greatly oblige the writer stating the provisions made by Government to emigrants in general.

I am a loyal and obt subject

Robert COLE

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