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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, 844

12th Augt 1819

My Lord

I have perused the Stipulations required by Government to be performed & observed by Persons emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope & myself & upwards of 30 individuals more (some of whom have families) are very willing to subscribe to them.

I have therefore merely to request your Lordship will have the Condescension to direct the proper person to inform us when & where the money is to be paid & any further information your Lordship may be willing to give will be thankfully received by

My Lord

Yr Lordships most obdt hble servt




Agricultural Instrumt Maker

next door to the London Hospital

Whitechapel Road




National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 873

20th Augt 1819

My Lord

I have to acknowledge the receipt of the communication your Lordship was pleased to direct.

I now beg leave distinctly to propose myself and 20 other persons to your Lordship's Consideration as persons desirous to Emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope.

The major part of those persons are young men* of small Capitals and some few are mechanics taken at the expense of those whose means enable them to do so to assist in their respective Trades or businesses and Cultivate the land allotted them.

If your Lordship will be pleased to direct an answer to the following questions to be sent, it will be highly esteemed by

My Lord

Yr Lordships most obdt hble servt


*none of the persons exceed the age of 30 most of them are from 18 to 24 years of age


When, and where, is the deposit of £10 to be paid?

Does Government allow any temporary Covering till huts can be raised?

Is there any personal examination of Emigrants necessary? And if so, when and where?

What quantity of Goods, Implements, Fire Arms, Ammunition, is allowed to be carried out?



next the Londn Hospital

Whitechapel Road

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