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.

CAMPBELL, Robert

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 140

Providence Row

Finsbury Square

London

3 Aug 1819

Sir,

In absence of Mr. WATTLEWORTH who had the honour of addressing you lately & who received from you a copy of the regulations to be observed by those intending to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, I beg leave now to trouble you for some further information on the subject. Mr. WATTLEWORTH & myself having made up our minds to take out to the Cape at least twenty families & only wait instruction from you how to proceed – we are at a loss what kind of people to engage, whether they should be all Agriculturalists or if other Mechanics could not be beneficial? And as Government reserve to themselves the right of choosing those people who go out can it not be ascertained who will be accepted before they come to London, as it is expensive bringing people from a distance in the country if they are afterwards rejected.

As we are very anxious to get as many as possible I have the money ready as soon as we shall be called upon to deposit it according to the rules laid down by Government. Would be particularly obliged by your giving us as early instructions as possible [confirming?] our views.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your obd't sevt

Rob't CAMPBELL

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 176

5 Providence Row

Finsbury Square

Friday 10th August 1819

Sir,

As my partner Mr. WATTLEWORTH & myself have engaged twenty men to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope we shall be particularly obliged by your giving us our interview in order to close the business & receiving further instructions necessary on the subject.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your obd't sevt

Rob't CAMPBELL

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