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.

CLARKE, John

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 97

11 Diamond House

Stepney Green

July 28th 1819

Hon Sir,

I have of late observed many advertisements respecting persons emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope having long had a desire to see that delightful colony but circumstances have as yet prevented. I have presumed to address this to you to request you will be kind enough to send me a statement of the advantages held out to emigrants – the quantity of land granted, whether the persons find themselfs provisions on the voyage or if the expences are solely defrayed by the government. In my young time I was brought up on a farm in the neighbourhood of Holkham in Norfolk which land was cultivated on Mr. COKE's principal. Of late years I have been engaged in the mercantile employment owing to the impossibility of obtaining land in England by which I could get a living. My age is 27 and here are three highly respectable young men who have all been brought up to farming, one in the Essex & one in the Hereford system that would like to join me provided the advantages held out by others are confirmed by you – should wish to know whether a single young man would have to deposit what it would be for man & wife – may be the only barrier to us at present, hope that will be eradicated by you. You can have references &c from gentlemen in the different counties I'm sure be satisfactory to you.

Waiting your answer I remain Hon Sir for self and friends

Yr most obdt hbl sevt

John CLARKE

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