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.

CLARK, William, 1820 Settler

(see also the correspondence of Robert CROSBY )

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 36

19 Nelson Street

Commercial Road

London

July 21st 1819

Sir,

Understanding that it is the intention of Government to establish a settlement on the south east coast of Africa, I humbly beg leave to become acquainted with the encouragement intended to be given by them to such settlers as it is my wish to become one of the colonists. My family consists of my wife & self and my age is 24 years.

I am Sir with great respect

Your most obedient humble servant

William CLARK

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 249

19 Nelson Street

Commercial Road

London

27th Aug 1819

Sir,

I beg leave to propose myself with the following individuals as candidates for the grant of land in His Majesty's Colony at the Cape of Good Hope and that we are agreeable to conform ourselves to all the conditions under which His Majesty's Government have offered to grant lands in that colony. The persons annexed are all able bodied.

I am Sir with great respect

Your obedient humble servant

William CLARK

No.

Names

Age

1

William CLARK

25

2

Catherine Eliza CLARK

26

3

Sarah READ

17

4

John BROWN

24

5

Rosetta BROWN

20

6

Rosetta Sarah BROWN

4 mths

7

Jane SAUNDERS

17

8

Richard TURPIN

32

9

Elizabeth TURPIN

30

10

George TURPIN

11

11

Eliza TURPIN

7

12

Ann TURPIN

13

Richard TURPIN

6 mths

14

William YATES

20

15

Chas. MAN

22

16

Sarah MAN

20

17

Henry ANGUS

30

18

Sarah ANGUS

32

19

Mary Sarah ANGUS

9

20

Eliza Ann ANGUS

7

21

William Henry ANGUS

5

22

John James ANGUS

2

23

James TAYLOR

36

24

John FALBUSIT

38

25

Thomas HART

27

26

Joseph MORGAN

34

27

Geo Bran MORGAN

8

28

Step'n Jas. MORGAN

7

29

Thomas MORRIS

41

30

Elizabeth MORRIS

42

31

Elizabeth MORRIS

13

32

Luke MORRIS

11

33

Ann MORRIS

9

34

John MORRIS

5

35

Jane MORRIS

3

36

James INTON

40

37

Mary INTON

32

38

Thomas INTON

6

39

Mary Ann INTON

4

40

Robert HALL

30

41

Mary HALL

27

42

Mary HALL

7

43

James SAVORY

3

44

Mathew MOSS

38

45

Mary MOSS

38

46

Henry MOSS

13

47

John MOSS

11

48

Elizabeth MOSS

8

49

George Armstrong MOSS

6

50

Mary Ann MOSS

4

51

William CROSSMAN

25

52

Rebecca CROSSMAN

26

53

Mary CROSSMAN

5

54

William CROSSMAN

3

55

James BROWN

25

56

Lewis MANTELL

26

57

Mary MANTELL

21

58

Richard CLEMONDS

26

59

Sarah CLEMONDS

21

60

Richard MATTY

23

61

Joseph PELHAM

20

62

Henry HODGES

25

63

William KILVINGTON

23

64

William BEWICK

24

65

Harriet BEWICK

20

66

Harriet BEWICK

3

67

William BEWICK

1

68

William BLACK

32

69

Elizabeth BLACK

26

70

Elizabeth BLACK

1

71

Edward WILKINSON

30

72

Mary Ann WILKINSON

32

73

Mary Ann WILKINSON

15

74

Caroline WILKINSON

7

75

Elizabeth WILKINSON

2

76

John TAYLOR

28

77

Emma TAYLOR

22

78

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Inf

79

Jno. LEONARD

32

80

James DRUWITH

32

81

John GREEN

23

82

Thos. BAXTER

24

83

Bartholomew DAVISON

26

84

Edward CUMMINS

27

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 272

19 Nelson Street

Commercial Road

London

Sep 3rd 1819

My Lord,

Conformable to the Government circular letter found under your Lordship's direction I took the liberty on the 27th ultimo of transmitting a list of families volunteering to locate with me to the Cape of Good Hope.

I think I may safely introduce them to your Lordship as persons fully deserving of protection in as much as their necessities cannot be exceeded and are unlike those whom I know are withdrawing large capitals from the country, and for your Lordship's information I beg leave to lay before you a substance of my agreement with those individuals for the fullfillment of the Government wishes in the establishment of a happy colony.

First I propose to see that they are well & sufficiently cloathed likewise vitual'd for a term of three years

Secondly to provide them with tents until cottages can be erected for them

Thirdly to apportion a piece of land in proportion to the extent of their families which they are to cultivate to their own profit.

Fourthly that they shall devote nine hours a day (Sundays excepted) to my service

Lastly at the expiration of three years or as soon as the land is in a state of cultivation when their services expire to assign over to each a portion of the hundred acres with a cottage

By these means I hope to make a happy peasantry to these persons who [see] the colony as their only refuge against evils that overwhelm them. Upon these terms my Lord I solicit the privilege of taking out thirty one families adding myself to the Cape and most earnestly request that I may learn from your Lordship the very earliest opportunity whether my proposals are acceded or not. I ask it in charity to the forlorn individuals as the only remedy for the present distressed situation.

Wishing your Lordship's reply I am with great respect

Your Lordship's most humble & very obedient servant

William CLARK

251 (from his father-in-law)

Twickenham, 6th Sept 1819

My Lord,

I beg to intercede in favour of Mr. William CLARK who is married to a daughter of mine, respecting his settling at the Cape of Good Hope, agreeably to the proposals he has made to your Lordship in behalf of himself and individuals he wishes to represent, as I am assured his motive is for bettering the condition of the whole, and that Mr. CLARK is a steady sober young man of good morals and a loyal subject.

I am with due respect

Your Lordship's most obedient and very humble servant

J.W. BAKER

An old Lieutenant with Rank of Commander in the Royal Navy

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 436

19 Nelson Street

Commercial Road

London

18th Oct 1819

Sir,

According to your directions I beg leave to enclose the three lists of persons emigrating under my direction to the Cape of Good Hope for your approval, and which I trust you will find correct. Agreeable to your letter of the 7th inst – waiting your further directions.

I am Sir with respect your very humble servant

William CLARK

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 448

19 Nelson Street

Commercial Road

London

20th Oct 1819

Sir,

I take the liberty of sending for your inspection my hospital certificates as testimonials of my having been regularly educated as a surgeon &c and since which period I have been in practice four years and should it be the intention of Government to provide a professional man for the benefit of the colony I beg leave to offer myself to your notice as a candidate for such situation.

I am Sir with great respect your most obedient and very humble servant

William CLARK

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