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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, 78

Car Green

Near Barnsley


10th August 1819

My Lord,

I beg your Lordship's clemency for this intrusion as I have seen in the public papers that Government is pleased to encourage emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. My Lord I have formerly seen better days and was brought up solely to the husbandry department and am well acquainted with every branch of husbandry business. The depression of trade in this country and other distressing circumstances rather too grievous to me to detail has reduced me and my family (which consists of a wife and three children) to absolute want and distress. Thus circumstanced I am very desirous to change my present situation for one that offers brighter prospects and as an emigration to the Cape of Good Hope under the auspices of Government affords such a promising prospect I most ardently wish to embrace so fine an opportunity. Understanding that your Lordship has the superintendancy of the business permit me to implore your Lordship's assistance therein, and humbly request that your Lordship will be pleased to direct that this my humble petition may be answered in such manner as may be most expedient to your Lordship and by so doing you will confer one of the greatest favours on me.

I am my Lord

Your most obedient and most humble servant


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