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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 CO48/44, 4

No.11 Cundale Place


July 16 1819


I did myself the honor of calling at your office this morning in consequence of a wish of myself & friends. I have been very unfortunate in Business and should be happy to imbrace the opportunity of proceeding to the Cape as I am acquainted with agricultural pursuits. Should like to go under a person of some property as I am destitute of any of my own. My age is 34 years and I have hitherto enjoyed an excellent state of health & I am unmarried. If you should be so good & kind as to give attention to this you will oblige

Your most humble servant


NB If required I can produce testimonials as to abilities




National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 127

Globe Tavern

Borough of Southwark

October 11th 1819


In July last I addressed a letter to you stating my wish of becoming one of the individuals for going to the Cape and I received an official paper in return, since which I have not had any further communication on the subject. I stated in my former letter my wishes of being engaged by a party going, as I am well acquainted with agricultural pursuits, am 34 years of age and unmarried, consequently have no incumbrance. As the time is fast approaching for the departure of the transports I thought it perhaps needful for me to take the liberty of troubling you with these few lines.

I remain Sir your most obedient servant


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