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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.

PAYNE, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 12

22 Primrose Street

Bishopsgate, City

July 19, 1819


I saw an advertisement in the paper wherein incorragement is given to Persons who wish to emigrate to the Cape of good hope. I aplied to your office this day to Enquire the Particulars and I was ordered to Rite to you. My wife my self and a few frends wish to go. I am by Profession a Carpenter and builder but have some knowledge of Agriculture. My frends are farmers and we have some little Property and wish to go were we can make some Improvement. If you will favour me with the Particulars and your proposals can be Exceeded to arangements will be made acordingly. Your answer will much oblige Sir

Your most obedt and very humble servt

Thomas PAYNE

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