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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.

SNAPE, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 800

Salop Street


August 3rd 1819

My Lord,

Permit me to inform your Lordship that I am a shoemaker of fair character & conduct aged twenty nine with a wife and three children and that if the terms be such as to present a fair prospect of improving my condition I shall be happy to embrace the opportunity afforded by His Majesty's Government of proceeding to the Cape of Good Hope with my family.

I therefore beg to express a humble hope that your Lordship will be pleased to cause me to be informed as speedily as possible of the particulars of this offer and with the most profound respect

I have the honour to be my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant

William SNAPE

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