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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.

MACKINDER, John

(see also correspondence of Elijah LAMBDEN at CO48/44)

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 650

Great Grimsby

Aug 27th 1819

Sir,

Has it is my particular wish to emigrate to the new colony of the Cape of Good Hope I make thus bold to address your Lordship understanding that your Lordship is the proper person to apply to upon this business. I am by profession an Ironmonger but have been employed in the Farming Business latterly. I am a single man 28 years of age and your Lordship may depend if I embark I will do the utmost in my power for the good of the Colony and the Government and likewise to myself. If your Lordship thinks proper that I should make one of the number thus to embark I hope your Lordship will send me down an answer to that purpose soon as convenient that I may enter myself at the Custom House here at this port. I hope your Lordship will state the precise time and place of embarkation that I may hole myself in readiness for that purpose and that I may not trouble your Lordship again on the subject. God save the King and Prince Regent and I hope your Lordship will live long to see many an happy day and enjoy the same with good health & spirit.

I remain your Lordship's most obedient & humble servant

Jno. MACKINDER

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