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.

BRIGHT, John Collen

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 573

4 Withams Buildings

Old Street Road


1st Oct 1819

My Lord,

I am lately arrived from the country in quest of information relative to the intended settlement at the Cape of Good Hope but not being able to meet with any persons who would give me proper intelligence I have been recommended to write to your Lordship's office to beg the favour of any papers which may be printed on the subject.

My friends are willing to advance me a reasonable sum both for my passage and to make use of when arrived and all I wish is to be enabled to join myself with some other parties which I understand is necessary according to the regulations. If my Lord you will have the goodness to direct one of your clerks to forward me the papers which I understand printed for this purpose I shall feel myself particularly obliged.

I am my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant

John Collen BRIGHT

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