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.

LYNCH, Edward

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 398

40 Charles Street


17 Sept 1819

My Lord,

Having understood that a number of persons are daily making application to your Lordship for passages to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope & presuming that a Surgeon will be required on board the vessel intended to carry them to their place of destination, I take the liberty of offering myself to your Lordship as a candidate for the appointment.

Your Lordship will perceive by the papers which I take the liberty of enclosing that I passed my examination for Principal Surgeon in Sept'r 1812 and I trust that having served nearly three years in his majesty's service will entitle me to a preference. The length of time I have been out of Employment having no half pay to depend on or Relations living capable of affording me the least assistance. I am unavoidably reduced to the greatest distress & under such circumstances it would be an act of humanity in your Lordship to obtain for me any appointment which your Lordship may deem proper.

I have the honor to be your Lordship's most obed't humble servant

Edward LYNCH

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