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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.

MOORE, Henry, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 468

5 Coleman St, City

21st July 1819

Honourable Sir,

Being at present out of employment and having a wish to leave the country and settle at the Cape of Good Hope I take the liberty of addressing you on the subject. I have been employed for the last three years in His Majesty's Mint and can have from Mr. W.W. POOLE a good character &c.

I therefore beg leave to solicit from you Honourable Sir a letter of recommendation to the Governor of that Colony so that I may be enabled when there to obtain employment in any manner he may think proper.

I have means of defraying my own expenses out consequently presume to solicit no favour from your Honour but the one above mentioned.

I have the honour to remain Hon'ble Sir

Your most obed't humble serv't





National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 555

5 Coleman St, City

4th August 1819


I beg leave to express to you my most grateful acknowledgements for the honor you have conferred on me by your recommendation of me to the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope and am sensible of the beneficial effects to be derived from it.

I am sorry to have occasion again to trouble you but I hope you will excuse the liberty from the motives which compel me – a Mr.CUTHERIE, an extensive trader to the Cape is inclined to defray mine and familys expenses if he considered there was a likelihood of my remaining in Cape Town. I therefore beg to know if it is your opinion that I might be stationed at the Cape or to be forwarded up the country – you may be assured Sir that mere idle curiosity or a doubt of your good intentions has no influence in my making this request.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant


[Transcriber's note: A Henry MOORE is listed in HOCKLY's ‘Story of the British Settlers of 1820' as an independent settler]

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