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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, 33

July 21 1819

Honored Sir,

I have taken the libirty of adressing these few lines to you to state that it is my wish to go to the Cape of Good Hope As a Settler being At Preseant without any imploy and no Prospect of obtaining any if at liberty to make Choise of occupation I should give the Prefrearance to active Employ to work on the fields. I am a Single man aged 21. I should gladly i[m]brace the Presant opportunity Has I Have no supper but what I Receive throm my friends witch is Very uncertain.

I have the Honour of Being

Sir your Hubel servant


At No 6 Cork Cutters

Kennington Lane


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