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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.

SHAW, John

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 899

Willow Row


August 28th 1819

My Lord,

Having on a former occasion had the honour to address your Lordship in an application for my going to America, which your Lordship kindly granted, but from the shortness of the time allowed me for preparation and for the settling of my affairs in this Kingdom I was constrained to decline the undertaking. I now find there is a grant from Government for a certain number of settlers in this Kingdom to reside at the Cape of Good Hope, and as I have made every arrangement towards such a plan would with your Lordship's permission claim that indulgence. Would your Lordship have the kindness to favour me with a few lines of instruction on the aforesaid business it would add to the many obligations I already am indebted to you.

I remain with the utmost deference

Your Lordship's most obedient and very humble servant


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