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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.

JACKSON, Francis

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 69

13 Devonshire Street

Portland Place

Aug 6 1819


I waited at your office yesterday to gain information respecting the emigration of settlers to the colony of the Cape of Good Hope. I received for answer when ten families were ready to comply with the terms mentioned in the circular we might address you. Ten of us are ready to comply with those terms and Mr. G.H. WILLIAMS No. 7 Selby Place, New Road is appointed to take the lead and deposit to you the sum required. We beg of you to inform us what things we are permitted to take with us. We believe the Government will furnish us with what things may be needful in farming &c I mean agricultural implements, but should we be wrong request you will have the goodness to inform us better. We also wish if it is not contrary to the letter of the act to each bind ourselves there, that should any head of a family die the rest should cultivate his grant of land for the benefit of the widow and children.

I am for myself & friends your very humble serv't


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