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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, 694

London Street


August 12th 1819

My Lord,

Having heard that Government [has] made an offer to persons who are desirous [to] become settlers at the Cape of Good Hope I [beg] to know if the indulgence extends to officers on Half Pay (that have families) and on what terms they are to proceed, if any money is given or advanced, as nearly all who would wish to embrace this favourable offer are deterred from the want of a sufficient sum for such a voyage, and the situation they are to be placed in on their arrival would [remain?]. Therefore would your Lordship be graciously pleased to inform me, as I feel a particular desire to become a settler, how I am to proceed.

I am your Lordship's obedient servant


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