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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, 747


13 Oct 1819

My Lord,

Seeing in the newspapers encouragement held out by Government for emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and as several families in the neighbourhood are inclinable to go thither upon terms that may appear equitable. As employ is difficult to be met with here at present I am deemed by two families residing in the town of Plymouth to solicit your Lordship's particular information of the terms which are proposed to families or individuals. The heads of the two families making this enquiry are by trade carpenters and conversant also with husbandry and farming. They apprehend they are to be taken out gratis, but wish thoroughly to understand the terms and from what port they are to be shipped and what encouragement given on their arrival and to what part of the Cape they are to be sent &c &c

The favor of a reply to these queries addressed to Mr. John MACEY, Stationer, Plymouth will be respectfully attended to and if appearing as expected it is apprehended will produce many more to emigrate to this country in these difficult times.

I am with due respect my Lord

Your Lordship's most humble servant


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