GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

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 CO48/41, 18

Cottage, Fulford Road, Near York

July 21st 1819

My Lord,

I take the liberty of requesting that you will be pleased to Order that I may be informed what Quality of Land His Majesty's Government would be pleased to grant me at the Cape of Good Hope or in one of the North American Provinces according to my Rank in His Majesty's Service, and also if I can be provided with a Passage at the Public Expense to either of the above Colonies.

I have the Honor to be Your Lordship

Most Obedient Humble Servant



Royal Navy




National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 22

Cottage, Fulford Road, near York.

July 25th, 1819

My Lord,

I beg leave to acknowledge the honour of your communication respecting the encouragement given to persons desirious of proceeding with Settlers to the Cape of Good Hope, but have I had not an idea of taking any person with me, when I wrote to your Lordship on the subject. I am wishing full to know if His Majesty's Government will be pleased to allow me a passage free to either the Cape of Good Hope, or the North American Colonies, as a Lieutenant in His Royal Navy, with the proposition of 100 acres of Land which I am informed is granted to Officers bearing my Rank in His Majesty's Service.

I have the honor to be

Your Lordships Most Obedient Humble Servant

Charles ATKINSON, Lieut. R.N.

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