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.

DAVIDSON, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 663

No.2 Carlisle St

Soho

4th August 1819

Sir,

As it is my wish to go to the Cape I shall feel obliged to you by favouring me with one of your circulars and if it would not be intruding too much on your kindness beg an answer to the following questions, viz:

1st In the event of a certain number of persons being fully prepared, will the Government allow them to depart before Nov'r

2nd What tonnage will government allow to each individual or will it be allowed to take out with you Bed and Cooking utensils

3rd What compliment will government allow

4th Shall the settlers have the protection of a military post

An early reply to the above will oblige

Yr hbl obt st

Thomas DAVIDSON

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