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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, 618

27 July 1819


Being desirous of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope I beg leave most respectfully o state my family consists of viz:

Myself, aged 24 years, Mrs.Lucy DURIEN aged 20 years and an infant Emma Mary DURIEN aged 5 months, Mr. John TAYLOR aged 45 years, Mrs. Mary TAYLOR aged 40, Thomas TAYLOR aged 28 years, in addition to which the following individuals are extremely anxious to join us:

Mr. John OVERTON aged 34 years, Mrs. Mary OVERTON aged 38 years and Elizabeth OVERTON aged 14 years.

I beg leave also to state (should the Gentlemen appointed to conduct this Department accept us) that an early means of departure will be a most essential favor as having no employment in London the means now in our possession will imperceptibly dwindle away should any length of time elapse prior to embarkation.

I am Sir your most obdt hble sevt


c/o Mr. J. SCHMIDT

Ball Court


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