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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 CO48/45, 23


July 22nd 1819

My Lord

We your Lordships Humble servants being by trade Mathematical Instrument Makers but through the present depressed state of Commerce we are unable to obtain a Living. We therefore humbly pray your Lordship that we may be permited to take our Passage to his Majestys Colony the Cape of Good Hope under the Regulations that his Majesty Ministers in their Wisdom have seen fit devise for the purpose assisting persons willing to Emigrate there.

We are both young men under 25 years of age one Single the other with wife & 1 child. We hope your Lordship us for thus troubling you & you cause Instructions to be given us how to proceed and your Petitioners will ever pray for your Lordship & the whole of his Majestys Government.

We are your Lordships Obedient humble servants



Please to address

Abraham BEESLEY Junr

Water Street


[Transcriber's note: Abraham BEESLEY was included in the list for GARDNER's Party and replaced at the last minute by Robert ROE – see the correspondence of William CHESHIRE in CO48/42]

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