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, 273

No.11 Cobbets Court

Spital Fields

July 29 1819

This Humble Petition of Thomas BANNISTER, Silk Weaver, humbly sheweth that after serving a faithfull aprenciseship to his business is now at the age of twenty seven a single man, now suffering under a deplorable want of employment.

And the Petitioner requests the asistance and aid of his Government to send him to the Cape of Good Hope where H.M. Gov't in thair wisdom has ordered colonization and in which establishment pray your Honor will in your goodness arrange me an establishment as a silk weaver, or any other occupation your Excellency may deem me worthy to be employed in and your humble Petitioner will ever pray.


My Petition is for a foreign establishment for the benefit of my country.

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