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.

BOTTOMLEY, Amos

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 684

No.35 Hackins Hay

Dale Street

Liverpool

10th November 1819

My Lord,

Understanding that there is an opportunity of me proceeding to the Cape of Good Hope agreeable to the terms of your Lordship's circular I have to request that your Lordship will be pleased to inform me whether I may proceed with the first settlers who are now on the eve of embarking. I can give your Lordship reference respecting my character, ability &c – my family consists of my wife and myself, my age thirty seven, healthy, and have been accustomed to an agricultural line of life. Your Lordship's kindness in this matter will greatly oblige.

I remain my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient and humble servant

Amos BOTTOMLEY

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 697

Liverpool

19th November 1819

My Lord,

May it please your Lordship, not receiving an answer to my letter which I took the liberty of addressing your Lordship respecting me being permitted to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, and this morning being informed that two vessels are appointed by His Majesty's Government for this Port for the above purpose I have most humbly to request that your Lordship will be pleased to permit me and my wife to embark on board one of them. Your great kindness in this matter will be conferring a lasting obligation on

Your Lordship's most obedient and humble servant

Amos BOTTOMLEY

At Mr.DAWSON, No.35 Hackins Hay

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