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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.

HARVEY, Richard, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 664

Parsonage Lane



August 1819


Having seen the Printed Conditions for Emigration to the new settlement near the Cape of Good Hope, I beg leave to signify my readiness to deposit the money required and comply with the other conditions and beg you will have the goodness to inform me to whom I am to pay the money, and that you will thereon be pleased to direct me with my wife & six children (one of them more than 14 years of age) with ten able bodied agricultural labourers and artizans and their families, a passage in one of the first ships that may be dispatched. I beg leave to observe that I am in the prime of life and vigour, and now carrying on trade as a carpenter cart & wheelwright and market gardener at Enfield, and have liberty to refer as to my good character &c to the Reverend William THOMAS and Peter HARDY Esq at Enfield and Mr. LACHLAN, Great Alice Street London

I am Sir your most obedient & very humble servant





National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 772

Parsonage Lane



4 Sept 1819


I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 12th ultimo stating that it will be necessary for me to transmit a list and description of the persons and of their families whom I propose to take out with me to the intended settlement near the Cape of Good Hope before my Lord BATHURST's leave for me to embark could be obtained. In which I beg his Lordship's pardon for having so long delayed replying. I am sorry to state that several of the men who had at first agreed to accompany me have from various reports in circulation and the length of time before the proposed embarkation is to take place, altered their minds and decline going. I beg leave to subjoin a list of the names of those men on whom I think I can depend, but in case any of them should yet alter their determination I crave your Lordships permission to substitute some other names in their stead.

I beg to report that I am ready to pay my deposit and to conform in all aspects with the printed letter, being particularly anxious of getting myself accepted and my name on the list for a passage out with the first Division who may leave the country.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your most obedient and very humble servant


Richard HARVEY Wife and six children, one above 14 years of age

Market gardener & carpenter &c Enfield

Everett GRAY Wife and three children

Market gardener Kingsland Road

John PIGGETT Wife only

Agricultural labourer & smith, Kingsland Road

William SWAIN One son above fourteen years of age

Agricultural labourer & edge tool maker, Enfield

James BENNETT Wife only

Agricultural labourer & bricklayer, Enfield

James CORNISH Agricultural labourer & cooper, Enfield

John BAILEY Agricultural labourer, London Wall

Edward ROBINSON Gardener, Enfield

John WINCH Wife and two children

Labourer, Enfield

William CHAPMAN Wife and one child

Agricultural labourer, Enfield

Peter ROWSELL Gardener, Enfield

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