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.

AINSWORTH, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 164

Blackburn

Nov 15th, 1819

May it please your Lordship to allow us to present our case, for your Lordship to give his opinion upon, which petition we humbly presume you will not be offended at, we are a set of poor men desirous of availing ourselves of the generous act of Government, to Emigrate to the new Colony at the Cape of Good Hope, we have paid our Customs house fees 6 weeks ago, to a Mr. WHITELEY and Co, School Lane Liverpool, and after the payment of our fees, they told us wee were to pay the Government Deposite when wee embarked at Liverpooll, they now demand the deposite immediately, or else they intend taking others in our place, though, contrary to their first proposall wee should have paid the deposite immediately but they could not give any receipt but upon plain paper, and fearing that, that would be of no service to us, when ? there, caused us to sent this petition your Lordship, praying you would forward with instructions what to do, or ? those Gentlemen to whom wee have the ? Customs house fees, bee commisioned by you or no, an answer by you as early as you can, as we wish to ? of our household goods to be in readiness, will be thankfully received from our Obedient Servants your Lordship.

Thos. AINSWORTH

Jon. EALES

Thos. EALES

Jno. FIELDING

Henry FIELDING

Jno. WILHIMSON (sic)

Richard HARRISON

Benjm. HARRISON

Robert CROPLEY

Jno FRANKLAND

Please to direct to

Thos. AINSWORTH

to be left at

William SEFTON & CO.

Wharehouse

Lingsteel, Blackburn

 

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