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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.

DRAKE, Samuel

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 621

83 St.John's Street


23rd July 1819


I respectfully beg leave to address you relative to the Emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and at the same time I beg to offer myself to your notice to take charge of some settlers, and in reply to the circular I beg to say that I could conform myself to each particular and further beg to state that should you be pleased to inform me at what time I could pass an examination I shall feel happy in attending. I have 9 families that are willing to join me, all respectable and able bodied persons who possess the means of paying the deposit required & having a small sum left for stock &c

I humbly ask the favour of what information as to what part of the Cape would the land be situated and what tonnage would be allowed the 10 families to take out in [Tools &] Furniture &c. and should any further amount be expected to be named in Capital on taking out the 10 families

Awaiting the favour of your consideration

I remain your most obedient humble servant

Samuel DRAKE

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