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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.

TARR, William, 1820 Settler

(first letter filed under I at CO48/44)

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 12

No.2 Carnaby Green Market

Monday July 19 1819


having seen the advertisement of a oportunity for Persons to emigrate to the Cape of Good hope I wish to embrace the oportunity having a wife and three children, a son 9 years, 2nd a girl 4 years & 1 a year old there being no doubt Aplications of individuals if I can make one agreeable to the advertisement I shall be happy as I am in Great Distress having been a long time out of employ. My Occupation is in the Husbandry line if I can be favourd by a favourable answer it will much benefit your very humble servant

William TARR




National Archives, Kew CO48/46

No.2 Carnaby Green Market

Near Golden Square

27 July 1819


Having seen an offer from Goverment of emegrating to Affrica & having a family & out of employment I am desirous of accepting the oportunity of going if I can make one of the ten specified as I dont doubt but their are numbers of gentlemen applying who wish to make up their number. I was bred up in the husbandry line having a wife & 3 children one boy of 9 years old one of 3 and 1 of one year. If a vacancy should [obscured] I should be oblidge to you to you [sic] for information. I remain Sir your very humble servant & petitioner


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