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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.

DOWSON, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 614

No.2 Southampton Place



July 27 1819


I hear as Government has offered to send people as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope. I should esteem it a favour if you will let me have a circular for to know the particulars, for I should very much like to go, as my business is a gardener and being always used to the management of land, and having only two children, I should be glad to go with your permission.

I subscribe myself your most humble servant


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