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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.

THORN, William (2)

National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 73

No.1 Crown Place

Walworth Road

9th August 1819

My Lord,

Having seen by the papers and the Motion of the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer that certain portions of land was to be granted by His Majesty's Government to persons wishing to proceed to the South East of the Cape of Good Hope, I most humbly beg leave to state to your Lordship that I am a native of the West of England and spent my youthfull days with my Father there who is a Farmer. I am by Trade a Baker and am at present a little reduced through misfortunes I have met with in Trade, and have a Wife and two young healthy Boys.

I most humbly beg your Lordship will be pleased to grant me a portion of land subject to such regulations as may be thought necessary. If permitted I could take out with me a limitted number of necessitious young men which I trust would meet your Lordship's approbabtion.

I have the honor to be

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant


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