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 CO48/44, 509

Union Street


August 7th 1819

My Lord,

Observing it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to establish a settlement at Algoa Bay on the S.E. part of the Cape of Good Hope, and having been several times at that Colony I beg if it is not presumptuous in me to point out a situation wherein I might be usefull – that is as Port Captain.

No doubt but your Lordship will see the necessity that some nautical person should have the direction of those ships that may visit the Bay, also to take charge of any [stores?] that may be placed in his care. By a residence there I shall be able to point out the most proper anchorage and at what time of the year it will be most prudent for ships to lay with safety. Should ships want assistance by distress I may be usefull – if your Lordship should think such an appointment necessary I shall feel much obliged by your confering it on me.

I remain your Lordship's obedient humble serv't


Lieutenant RN

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