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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, 370


17th Augt 1819

The humble petition of Thomas GILLATT, of Heeley, near Sheffield, in the county of York.

Most humbly sheweth

that your humble petitioner has served his Majesty as a soldier, in the campaigns of Spain, Portugal and France, but in consequence of not being able to obtain employment, he is become desirous to emigrate to the Cape of Good hope, being informed that a settlement is about to be formed there, therefore your petitioner humbly prayeth that your Lordship will take his case into consideration

and your petitioner will as in duty bound ever pray.

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