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.

ABBOTT, Fred

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 122

No.10 Queen Street

Hoxton

Sep 27th 1819

My Lord,

Being informed that His Majesty's Government have it in contemplation to encourage some of the Half Pay Officers to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope in some situations connected with His Majesty's Government, I beg leave to offer my services in any manner I may be useful having been twenty three years in the service and my character I hope will bear the strictest investigation, with a wife and two children a boy and a girl would I hope ensure me your Lordship's patronage and should I be so fortunate as to be appointed to any situation in your Lordship's gift I shall by the strictest and faithful attention to its duties endeavour to merit the favour and your Lordship's answer will be most gratefully acknowledged by

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant

Fred ABBOTT

Lt. Half Pay 63rd Regiment

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