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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.

GOWAR, Richard, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 338

5th August 1819


Having heard that it is necessary to inform you by letter the particulars and number of our family in regard to going out to settle at the Cape of Good Hope we therefore beg leave to draw your attention to our short perusal for a few moments. Hour family stands thus two boys & one girl, the eldest boy seven years, next boy three years & the girl 7 month, ourselves under thirty, my business being the Bilding in general but if we go out we wish to cultivate the land then, Sir, should you think us proper subjects for the sittuation which we sincerely hope you will as it will relieve us from many difficulties which we are now laboring under and afford us an opportunity to bring up our family in a way that they may be an honour to their country and a useful member to Society.

This undertaking Sir we must implore your Lordship to intercede for a family that will ever remain in duty bound for your goodness

And remain your much obliged and humble servant

Rich'd GOWAR

PS As we were quite ignorant of the plan in which we were to proceed in respect of going out we beg leave to ask the favour of being informed by you as early as you think proper. Our address is Richard GOWAR, No.9 Lower Marsh, Lambeth

(See letter from his father-in-law John DIPLOCK under 1825 correspondence at CO48/74)

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