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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.

ROE, David

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 662


29 Nov 1819

My Lord,

The bearer hereof having been strongly recommended by Captain YOUNG of Deptford to your Lordship's notice, feeling anxious to go out to the Cape of Good Hope as a settler or overseer, begs leave to take the liberty to lay before your Lordship the recommendations of two of his late employers who he had the honor of serving for upwards of ten years as overseer. I serv'd the Rt Hon'ble Thos. WALLACE MP 7 years and John CUNNINGHAM Esq Advocate Edinburgh 3 years which the enclosed papers will testify. I left Edinburgh for the express purpose of going to the Cape but leave it entirely to your Lordship's good pleasure.

I am my Lord

Your Lordship's most ob't humble servant

David ROE

[Note from GOULBURN]

Should have been happy to give effect to his wishes if the number had not been already complete.

[Note from clerk}

Enclosures returned

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