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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.

GRAY, James

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 431


23rd September 1819


This is to presume writing to you respecting the Cape of Good Hope settlement. Having seen in several news papers accounts respecting it, I have humbly to request you will furnish me with a few particulars concerning the terms, means and particulars whereby myself and a few other private and nearly destitute individuals may proceed out to the above mentioned settlement. We hear of agents being appointed to take out individuals and that government will provide passage and provisions free, yet we would rather go out under the protection of our Government. We hope you will give us all requisite information in this momentous business, meanwhile humbly subscribe ourselves

Your devoted humble servants

James GRAY and Partners

PS Please to address to James GRAY


Near Tavistock


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