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 CO48/45, 450

Runcorn, Cheshire

22nd July 1819

My Lord,

Understanding it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to afford some assistance to persons wishing to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, being desirous with a few others in this neighbourhood to proceed there – not understanding the subject exactly – have presumed the liberty of addressing your Lordship for explanation. First – persons paying a deposit of 10£ in England, are they entitled to the same back on their landing. Second – are they further entitled to a certain quantity of land given for improvement – pray – how much? After such land being cultivated does it become (bona fide) the property of the farmer – further, how are farming utensils provided – If there be anything further your Lordship may suggest should your Lordship condescend to let us have full information would very much oblige my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant


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