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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 CO48/46, 106

[Street name obscured]


August 30th 1819

My Lord,

As I understand a new settlement is going to be formed at the Cape of Good Hope by British Subjects I feel a desire to be one amongst the number who may be allowed to go but should wish to be informed respecting the arrangements made for conveyance &c and if habitations as well as land will be provided, also the means of subsistence until the land can be brought into a state of cultivation and if seeds, plants, as well as implements of husbandry will be provided. My family consists of my wife and myself, our ages both thirty. I was Lieutenant in the Third West York Militia three years and one year in the 33rd Regt Foot but was under the necessity of resigning my commission in consequence of my father's ill health. If your Lordship would give me an appointment, civil or military, to settle at the Cape it would be esteemed a lasting favour. Waiting your Lordship's reply I remain

Your Lordship's most obed't serv't


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