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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.

DWYER, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 586

July 20 1819

Honoured Sir,

Thos. DWYER, wife & 2 children, one of 14 years old and the other 2 years is desirous of immigrating to His Majestyes Colonies in the Cape of good hope. He is 28 years of age and his wife about the same and a bricklayer and plasterer by trade but serving his time in the country he is well acquainted with the Farming being continually at it when trade ran short, i would willingly leave this contry for any of his Majestyes settlements owing to the great Stagnation of Trade that i find it totely impossible to soport my little family and keep out of Debt. i am a healthy strong Man and Willing for any kind of labour. If you Honor should require a reference i can gett a very good one as to a honest hard working man i am ready to wait on your Honour for inspection when called for. I now reside at 15 Giles Court Oxford Road.

Thomas DWYER

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