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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, 279



July 28th 1819

Most honourable and worthy Sir,

I Samuel LANGSTON of the parish abovementioned having learned from the Oxford Journal dated 24th July 1819 that there is persons whanted to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope I do and by the daring of others take the liberty of trublin your honor with this [scrawll?] hoping thereby to obtain an absolute answar respecting this emigration to the Cape as we are several young able Individuals with & without Famileys above 18 and under the age of 30 all able bodied men and desireous of going provided we should get a absolute answar to those questiond we shall take the liberty of asking your Honour.

1st In what manor we and our Famileys shall go there

2nd How we shall obtain utenshalls for husbandry

3rd In what manor we shall be soported when there untill we shall have cultivated our land

4th And wither we shall be planted in a wild part of that country without aney house or covring

Honored Sir I trust you will excuse the liberty of these lines on this subject and a answar imedeatly will releve from anxiety your most humble servant &c


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