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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 CO48/43, 228


October 1819

My Lord

Reading a Dublin newspaper I perceived an article stating that there was encouragement held out by Government for people chosing to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope & hearing of your very amiable disposition I take the liberty of trespassing on you to state the particulars which oblige me to offer myself as a candidate.

My father in the year 1808 was a very respectable distiller in Dublin. In this business he failed & was a bankrupt he then in the year 1814 commenced the vinegar business in which he was equally unfortunate & lastly was obliged to commence the ... [it appears that a part of the page has been cut away here]

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