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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.

GEOGHEGAN, Miles and William EAGER

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 425


Sept 20 1819

The humble petition of Miles GEOGHEGAN and Wil'm, EAGER jointly soliciting your Lordship to take into Consideration the Case of your Humble Petitioners who most humbly Pray that your Lordship in your Most Excellent Wisdom would be graciously pleas'd to grant us with our families free passage to His Majesty's Colony in the Cape of Good Hope. We have both of us served His Majesty and hold a pension from Chelsea Hospital. We are both young and have small familys and also being tradesmen we would most willingly immigrate if your Lordship would be graciously pleas'd to accept our Service.

Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray

Miles GEOGHEGAN have wife and two children with Brother of 16 years of age, a Mason by trade, and sister of 17 years of age who would most humbly [receive?] your Lordship's orders to go

William EAGAR have wife and three sons, is a Carpenter by trade. Miles GEOGHEGAN a Stonecutter by trade.

Miles GEOGHEGAN } Chelsea Pensioners

William EAGAR }

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