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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, 729

69 Whitechapel Road

July 20 1819


I took the liberty of calling at your office this morning for the purpose of asking a question respecting the proposed emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, but being informed that it was quite impossible I could have the honour of an interview. I trust Sir this will plead my apology for the present intrusion.

Pray Sir will there be any encouragement given to a medical man (by the British Government) purposing to accompany the emigrants? And is so, of what kind. May I hope Sir that you will be so very kind as to oblige me with an answer to these enquiries as I feel particularly desirous of going to Africa if it presents any reasonable prospect of success. I have the honour to be Sir,

Most respectfully,



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