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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.

MOGRIDGE, George re Edward GARDNER, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 800


St.Mary's Sq

Dec'r 1st 1819


Edw. GARDNER and the party attached to him, anxious lest any circumstance should prevent their being in London in time to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, have resolved to proceed to London to be in readiness. As they have been received as proper persons to be allowed to emigrate, and as their deposit money has been paid, the only inconvenience this measure will create will probably be that of their being very slenderly provided for untill they are placed under the protection of His Majesty's Government. This communication is intended to be delivered by Edw'd GARDNER and the object of it is earnestly and respectfully to request Earl BATHURST, through your medium, will be pleased to afford them such facilities and assistance as the deprest state of their finances and their ignorance of the necessary forms of procedure may require.

I am your obed't humble serv't



St.Mary's Sq

Dec'r 2nd 1819

My Lord,

Being applied to by many individuals to assist them in their application to Government relative to emigration, I gave directions to the Governor of our Parochial Poor House to address you. The names of Edw'd GARDNER and eight others with the necessary particulars as requested by a communication of H. GOULBURN Esq were forwarded and approved. The deposit money for the party, viz. £100, was paid into the Bank of Smith & Co Birmingham to be paid by them to Wm. HILL Esq of the Commissariat Department, Treasury. By an error the money has lain since the 4th November at {Esdaily?] Bank London, at least there is reason to suppose so. As a letter from H. GOULBURN Esq of the 30th Nov states that no acct of the payment of the money has been transmitted him. Edw'd GARDNER with the whole party have left Birmingham for London having sold up all they possess to pay the deposit money. I trust the money will this day be paid into the hands of Wm. HILL Esq and that no irregularity will take place in compliance with the regulations required by you. The object of this application my Lord is humbly to request on behalf of those poor men that you will afford them every facility which their reduced finances and dependant situation so peculiarly require. It is with reluctance that I urge, what perhaps is unnecessary with your Lordship, their peculiar situation, but my anxiety to prevent the possibility of their not being allowed to proceed to the Cape, which would be utter ruin to the party, influences me in soliciting every liberality which your Lordship can bestow. Confiding in your willingness to render them assistance I am, my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant


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