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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.

DELL, Joseph

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 621

No.101 Long Alley

New Inn Street


July 28 1819


I take the liberty of addressing myself to you in consequence of information from your office that this being the regular mode of application I have brought this as a description of my affairs and family. Being by trade a shoemaker and understanding a little of agriculture and having a wife and three children and having seen a little of that country am desirous of emigrating to the same and should be thankful to have a plan of rules and regulations.

I remain your humble and devoted servant

Joseph DELL




National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 692

No.101 Long Alley

Inn Street


August 12 1819


Having received from your office the circular letter and much approve of your proposals and have ten familys ready to deposit the sum required but should be glad to know how we are to obtain the necessaries such as implements for use or how to gain provisions when Government shall lease their allowance. Next if we are supply'd with arms to defend our selves from the natives by Government and plants or seeds or what is required for the climate. Next whether the Director which we nominate is over us when we land or whether every man is free.

And you much oblige your humble Petitioner

Joseph DELL

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