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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, 512

No.55 Great Titchfield Street

Mary le Bone

6th August 1819


Been informed that it is the intention of Government to establish the colony at Algoa Bay where on this subject applications to be made to you Sir! I take the liberty of informing you that having wife and four children it is my intention to go as a settler to that country under the protection of Government and my wish is to go out at first myself, leaving wife and children in England until I could provide comfortable establishment for the reception of my family, if my request meet with attention! I beg the favor of you Sir! to furnish me with particulars of the said colony.

I have the honor to be Sir!

Your most obedient humble servant


Late Captain of His Majesty's Service, 3rd Independent Company of Foreigners

PS If wanted to establish the school in the colony from the Government expences I beg to observe that my wife is capable to conduct the school in the highest methods, been late Mrs. Elizabeth HELME's daughter and brought up to that profession and be very happy to accept similar situation under Government's protection.

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