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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.

MELLDRUM, Richard

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 563

Perran Uthnoe

County of Cornwall

August 5th 1819

Sir,

Being desirous to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope myself family and friends will I presume be a sufficient number to make the compliment required, should esteem it a particular favour if you will have the goodness to furnish the bearer hereof with the necessary information or forms to be complied with as will or may be necessary for my Government. I beg leave to state that I am a carpenter & joiner by trade and have been in the habit of farming an estate of 100 acres for nearly twenty years past and can produce unacceptionable character and the most respectable referance can be given.

I remain Sir with the greatest respect

Your most obed't & very humble serv't

Richard MELLDRUM

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