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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.

SMYTHE, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 1056

66 New Scotland Road


30th Oct 1819

My Lord,

Being an Architect and Surveyor I have taken the liberty of apprizing your Lordship that I should have no objection to go out to the Cape of Good Hope in any capacity HM Ministers should conceive requisite.

If my Lord that my services should be accepted the emoluments arising from such an office should be of no object to me but that of having a wish of forwarding the views of HM Government, as well as rendering assistance to my countrymen who are about to emigrate to the Cape. I have the honor to remain my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient & very humble servant


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