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, 716

No. 5 Lancaster Court, Strand

25th Nov 1819


On account of the extensive emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, I beg to offer my Services as Engineer and Land Surveyor, to the Settlers, or in any other capacity that I can be useful. I have lately been employed in Garrison? Islands as Military, and Civil Engineer, but in consequence of the Reduction ordered in my Corps, it has unfortunately been my lot to be placed on half pay –

By laying before his Lordship my wishes you will much oblige Sir,

Your most Obedient and humble Servant,


Royal Engineers

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