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, 391

Hanley Aug 17 1819

Honourable Sir,

We the undersigned most humbly beg your Honour to give your instructions to us your petitioners respecting the encouragement held out by Government to people going to the south of Africa whether they have a free passage granted and the conditions there with the means we must take to obtain the farms with other instructions.

While wee remain your most humble servents



Hanley, Staffordshire

Both young men about 30 years of age, both married




National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 463

Hanley, Sept 2 1819

Honourable Sir,

Having received the conditions under witch it is proposed to give encouragement to people going to the Cape of Good Hope, I John BARKER have 12 or 13 able bodied men that wish to go with me. May it please your Honour to give me proper instructions and were the money must be paid the time and place whe must sail from and if the sum of £100 being paid for 10 able bodied men and some of them refusing to go at the time if the other may go as if they all went and have the grant of land for the number that go. If I do not intrude upon your Honour's patience please to inform me of the lugage wee should be allowed to take. If whe should be allowed to take any seed of implements of husbandry.

I remain your Honour's most humble and obedient servant


Hanley, Staffordshire

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