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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, 737

13 Perland Street

July 22nd 1819


Being desirous of availing myself of the bounty oh HM Government and emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, I beg leave to solicit the favor of a copy if the circular in furtherance of this my intention.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your most obed't humble servant





National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 790

13 Perland Street

July 29th 1819


I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your circular, dated July 22 1819, relative to those who wish to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope.

Permit me to inform you Sir that if His Majesty's Government should think me a fitt subject I am ready to comply with the conditions of the circular, but I have to observe that I have a family of nine children from the age of five to nineteen and have selected seven persons who are desirous of going out – I should feel very much obliged by being informed whether I am eligible in your view or whether I must comply litterally with the circular and take up the number of ten?

I am Sir with respect

Your obedient servant


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