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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.

STOKES, George, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 744


23 July 1819


George STOKES the applicant is a single man 24 years of age brought up in the town of Odiham in Hampshire chiefly in agricultural pursuits, of which I have a knowledge. I have for the last two years been in the employment of a merchant in London who has within these four months failed from whomst I can receive testimonials as to character if desirous & as I see no prospect of obtaining employment I should (if it meets the approbation of the gentlemen appointed to direct the emigration department) like to avail myself of the present opportunity afforded by government of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope. I can command fifty pounds and should be happy to assist any principle who may be about to emigrate on the terms stated in the government circular of last week. My address is 4 Hodson Street, Newington Butts, Surrey

I am Gents your most obt. hlb servt.


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