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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, 777

Rathkeale, Ireland

Oct 4th 1819

My Lord,

May I beg your Lordship will have the goodness to let me know the encouragement I receive from Government by emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope. I am a half pay subpleton [*subaltern] of the 23rd Regt and my brother who has taken a degree in the Irish University for the Church [wishes] also to go in case we are approved of by Government and that we shall approve of the conditions offered. I will take with me from ten to one or two hundred people. I hope I am not too late in my application and beg your Lordship will have the goodness to let me know the particulars of the encouragement & whether we will be approved of.

My Lord with [respect]

Your Lordship's very obedient servant


Lieut. half pay 23rd foot

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