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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.

FORRESTER, Richard, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 146


29th July 1819


Availing ourselves of the advantages we may receive from the circular letter which Government houlds out to those who which [wish] to emigrate we beg leave to offer our services to the colony of the Cape of Good Hope to become settlers. We are all able body'd men - I, Samuel LIVERSAGE farmer aged 29 haveing a wife and three children all under fourteen years of age – and I Richard FORRESTER weelright and farmer aged 31 haveing a wife and three children all under fourteen and I James CLARK aged 30 haveing a wife and two children all under fourteen and I Samuel RAVENSCRAFT single, James FORRESTER Do. Philiph HARPER Do. all farmers. We have to beg you will be so kind as to inform us the manner in which we are to act to obtain a passage and where we are to imbark at and in what ship and the particulars of our embarkassion. Richard FORRESTER whiches to know if it is requisit to bring his tools as weelright and to know if any weight of baggage his an obstical.

We are Sir your obedient servants

Please direct to Richard FORRESTER, weelright and farmer

Burslem near Newcastle


[in GOULBURN's hand at foot: his proposal not conforming to the circular cannot be considered]

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