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.

ANSON, John, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 8

116 Hoxton


17 July 1819


I humbly solicit you that this proposal might be taken into consideration as it is my wish to take my family to the Cape of Good Hope upon the conditions specified in this day's Newspaper in Agricultural Business having been used to it in Yorkshire also in surveying & measuring land. Likewise in mining and canal work. I have been upwards of 20 years in London, 4 years in His Majesty's Reg't of Life Guards and the remainder in the Hon'ble East India Company's warehouses. My age is 45 years, my wife's age 48. The children are as follows.

John 19

Elizabeth 16

Henry 13

Ambrose 12

Hannah 10

Sarah 8

Should my application meet with the gentlemen's approbation I shall be very much obliged.

I am Sir your most obedient and humble servant


[Transcriber's Note: Listed as an independent settler in Hockly's ‘Story of the British Settlers of 1820' –see the correspondence of John LEIGH in CO48/44. See also correspondence of Thomas BERRY in CO48/41]

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