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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, 59


Carpenter & Builder

Martha St

St.George in the East

July 29 1819


In consequence of the offer of His Majesty's Government to give encouragement to persons desirous of setling in the Colony of the Cape I most respectfully offer myself to your notice as a candidate for the grant to be sent out under a person who may advance the sum required. I am 30 years of age, am a carpenter & wheelwright by trade, lately married no family. Should I be so fortunate as to become an object of your choise the most satisfactory referance can be given as to my ability & general caracter.

From Sir, your most obedient humble servant



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