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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.

DUGMORE, Isaac, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 635

Fleet Street


July 29th 1819

My Lord,

A number of families in this town together with my own for want of employment are anxious of embracing the opportunity at this time so kindly offered by Government of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope, and we have made repeated enquiries of the Churchwardens, Guardians and Overseers of the Parish to know how we are to proceed in order to comply with the necessary Regulations, but we have not been able to obtain any information upon the subject. We have therefore, my Lord, taken the liberty of requesting that your Lordship will have the goodness to inform us how we are to proceed or where we are to apply for the necessary instructions, and also what deposit is required per person grown up who are single and how they will be considered with respect to the land to be allotted.

Trusting that your Lordship will excuse the liberty and favor me with an early reply, I remain my Lord

Your most obedient and very humble servant


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