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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, 545

Burlington Arcade


30th July 1819

My Lord,

Although an entire stranger to your Lordship you will I trust pardon the liberty I am taking in requesting your Lordship to favor me with an interview, when you can spare a few moments from your important avocation. I am, my Lord, a London bookseller, and have been engaged in that business upwards of twelve years, during which I have published some of the most respectable works that have appeared – my industry and integrity have never been questioned but my success has not kept pace with them & I find myself at the age of thirty five in a worse situation than when I commenced business. The sole object of my interview with your Lordship is to engage your Lordship's interest in forwarding my views with respect to the intended new Colony at the Cape of Good Hope, to which place I have made up my mind to go if I can so arrange it, although I love my country with feelings bordering on enthusiasm. I have a wife and child who will accompany me if practicable but all must depend on the advice I receive from your Lordship with which I hope I shall be favoured, if not at least that your Lordship will pardon this trouble & believe me with the most entire respect

Your Lordship's obed't humble serv't


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