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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.

DAWKINS, James re Daniel MILLS, 1820 Settler

(see also correspondence under M at CO48/44)

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 700

Pembroke House


12th August 1819

My Lord,

In consequence of the indulgence held by his Majesty's Government to send persons under the conditions laid down as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope, I am induced to recommend to your Lordship's notice Mr. Daniel MILLS, with his wife and five children (the eldest not exceeding fifteen years of age) who would engage to take with him the proper complement of men that would be unobjectionable. I have it in my power to speak of this person most favorably as he is actually, & has been for the last five years, in my employ as house steward & intrusted with concerns of much consequence & value & it is only from my having given up to my son on his marriage where MILLS resided, thus he quits my service & is desirous [obscured] by the advantages held out as a settler at the Cape of Good Hope. He was originally bred to the farming business but afterwards made several voyages as a purser in a merchant vessel & has resided in tropical climates, perfectly master of both & I should not so strongly recommend him to your Honor if I was not persuaded of his worth & that thus he has an ability to become a very useful member of the new settlement.

I have the honor to be my Lord

Your Lordship's faithful and obedient servant


[Transcriber's note: The handwriting is very difficult to read. The Settler Handbook refers to the letter on p.93 of The Settler Handbook. James DAWKINS was MP for Hastings]

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