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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, 768

Mile End

26th July 1819

Honoured Sir,

Having seen in the paper a circular relative to settlers in the Cape of Good Hope I went to the Secretary of States office and was referred to you who I beg to inform it is my intention to go there with your approbation and assistance. I am married, my age 21 my wife 18 no family, both healthy by trade a shoe maker but for want of business have lately sold milk and wrought in the Gardens and even that has failed. I am therefore induced to avail myself of this opportunity of addressing you hoping you will have the goodness to answer this and give me your instructions how to proceed.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your most obed't humble serv't


PS I was born in Lambeth am now residing at No.23 Hand Street Globe Fields Mile End




National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 821

No.23 Hand Street

Globe Fields

Mile End

6th August 1819

Honoured Sir,

I received your letter of the 28th ult in answer to my application relative to my emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and am grateful for your prompt attention to the same. I now beg leave to say I am ready with the money and number of persons required agreeable to the terms of the circular. Awaiting your further orders

I remain Sir

Your most obedient humble servant




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