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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.

COOPER, Joseph (2)

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 297

No.10 Little East Cheap


Sep 10 1819


Will esteem it a particular favour if you would send me the particulars relative to the Cape of Good Hope. I have a desire to go out as a settler provided it meets Government approbation. I am a farmer by profession. I shall feel greatly obliged if you could put me in the way how to proceed in the business. I have ten able men ready to go out with me, particulars of which are at foot. Your early attention to this will much oblige Sir

Your very obdt hbl sevt


Joseph COOPER 28 years of age

Wife Maria 24

Daughter Louiza 2

Son John 2 months


Robt. BOWLES 23

Rob't DAWES 28

Simon HAW 25

Thos. HAN?? 23


John DAWES 25

Edward ELLIOTT 24

William DYSON 27





National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 318

No.10 Little East Cheap


Sep 20 1819


You will please pardon the liberty I am taking in writing to you once more relative to the Cape of Good Hope. You was so kind as to send me an answer to mine a fortnight ago giving I have reason to believe all the information you was then in possession of. The purport of this is Sir that if it lays in your power to give me any satisfactory information relative to the business I shall feel extremely obliged, as I shall have the men that I intend to take out to send for at some distance and as you ?? that November will be the time that ?? when to embark consequently there is not much time to lose. Your compliance to the above will oblige

Your most obt hbl sevt


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