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 CO48/42, 561

Bethnal Green


28 December 1819


Being desirous of going out to settle at the colony which is about to be formed in Africa, I beg to know if land can be granted me in proportion for ten men that I intend to take out with me, and likewise if a free passage will be granted.

Enclosed I beg leave to hand you a letter from my Lords Commissioner of the Admiralty in answer to one which I addressed them on the subject of emigration, by which you will perceive that I am a purser in the Navy and from having been fifteen years in His Majesty's service must respectfully beg that my request may be complyed with.

I am Sir your most obedient humble servant


[printed letter enclosed with above]

Admiralty Office

23rd December 1819


In reference to your letter of the 22nd inst I have to acquaint you that a letter in the usual form, granting you two years leave of absence to go abroad, is ready to be delivered by the Chief Clerk of this Office on Payment of the Public Fee to which it is subject: And I am also to acquaint you that unless such letter, containing instructions for your guidance, be taken up by you previous to your going abroad your Half Pay will be stopped so long as you may remain out of the Country.

I am Sir your very humble servant


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