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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.

MARTIN, Benjamin

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 658

25 Hornpipe Street

Cloth Market

31st August 1819

Honoured Sir,

I hope you will excuse the liberty I take in addressing you. I am a bricklayer plasterer and mason as well I have a wife and three children two of them might be of service to me an the Cape & as I understand it doth lay at the Collonial Department & I am enabled to pay my regular stipend I shall be much obliged to you to grant me a Regular Instructions how I shall pay my money or unto whome your Honor think proper your answer will be most thankfully rec'd by your very humble and most obed't serv't

Benjamin MARTIN

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