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.

McINNES, Matthew William

Filed under I

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 32

2 Northumberland Street


26th July 1819

The memorial of Matthew Wm.JONES, Lieutenant Half Pay late Cape Regiment

Humbly sheweth

That memorialist perceives His Majesty's Government is willing to encourage emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, most humbly solicits your Lordship for a grant of land on the same terms and conditions as were given to Half Pay officers whose regiments were disbanded in America, and also a passage to that colony.

Memorialist begs to observe that the Cape Regiment in which he served from 1809 to the time of its being disbanded was a Colonial Corps serving on the Frontier of the Colony and was with the regiment when it was employed in driving the Kaffirs out of the Zuurvelt (now Albany) and at the time the corps was disbanded no encouragements of grants of land were given, so that memorialist returned to his native country and not being able to get employed again on full pay wishes to embrace the indulgence of Government of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope.

Memorialist trusts your Lordship will take his memorial into consideration and grant him the same indulgence as were given to other Half Pay officers whose regiments were disbanded in other parts and memorialist as duty bound will ever pray


Lt.HP Cape Regiment

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