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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.

DIXON, John Henry, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 720

8 Mutton Lane

Mile End Road

Aug. 27, 1819

My Lord,

I beg leave to present the undermentioned names in conjunction with my own being desirous of obtaining the grant as specified in the circular agreeable to the terms & conditions as appointed by Government for emigration to the Cape of Good Hope Colony whose testimonials as to character I can vouch for. Should we meet with your approbation it will greatly oblige.

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant

John Henry DIXON

Names, Age, Family, Occupation

John Henry DIXON 32 Six Joiner & cabinet maker

Margaret DIXON 35

Mary DIXON 9

Emma DIXON 6

Eliza DIXON 4

Sarah DIXON 2

Thomas HOBBS 45 Six Smith & [lost in binding]

Mary HOBBS 39

Mary Eliza HOBBS 14

Ann Bath HOBBS 12

Elizabeth Summers HOBBS 4

Henry HOBBS 19 Smith & [lost in binding]

Thomas LAWRENCE 39 Nine Bricklayer

Elizabeth LAWRENCE 39

Elizabeth LAWRENCE 13

Mary Ann LAWRENCE 12

Thomas LAWRENCE 10



Matilda Jane LAWRENCE 8 months

James LAWRENCE 19 Bricklayer

Robert HENMAN 34 Four Carpenter

Mary Ann HENMAN 36

Mary Ann HENMAN 7

Elizabeth HENMAN 2

Henry LATIMER 24 Three Leather [second word lost in binding; could be “dryer”]


Ann LATIMER 2 months

John CLARKE 26 No family Farmer

Seaman KINDRED 25 No family Carpenter

John PATTEN 21 No family Gardner




National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 758

8 Mutton Lane

Mile End Road

Sept. 7 1819

My Lord,

The annexed is a correct list of persons with their families whom I wish to take under my direction assuring your Lordship I am ready to comply to all the conditions as contained in the circular not doubting you will convey your early information should we be approved of in order that we may have time to dispose of our property &c. and to provide such things as may be necessary, resting assured that Government will afford that accommodation to the females becoming their situation. The annexed are all stout able bodied men of general good character who with myself will lend every assistance for the good of this Government as well as for ourselves.

I remain your Lordship's most obedient servant

John Henry DIXON

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