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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.

DAVIS, Robert Martin

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 684

Cove of Cork

August 10th 1819

My Lord,

I have the honour of addressing your Lordship praying that your Lordship would be so kind as to inform me if the Government would accept of my services as a Physician to the new colony about to be established at the Cape of Good Hope and should the Government give me such an appointment I will proceed at the shortest notice. What I should wish for would be a salary for my attendance on the colony.

I can produce the best authorities of my being regularly qualified both in Physic and Surgery, having received my education at the College of Edinburgh. I have two brothers who will break up their establishments to accompany me.

I have the honour to be my Lord

Your most humble servant

Robert Martin DAVIS MD & Surgeon

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