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.

DAVIS, John

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 571

21 Middle Street

Cloth Fair

5th July 1819

My Lord,

That your humble Petitioners are all Natives of Great Britain and that having scarcely half employment and some of your petitioners not that, your petitioners being informed that such of His Majesty's subjects that [you] shall think proper on application made to your Lordship are allowed to emigrate to His Majesty's settlements at the Cape of Good Hope and to have a certain proportion of land granted to them from the Crown, which if the case your petitioners would be very thankfull to accept, and your humble petitioners would be very thankfull to receive information how & in what manner they are to go out. As thro' trades being so [down] your petitioners have not the means of defraying their own expences for such a voyage, unless assisted by the Generosity of the Crown. Your petitioners would have no objection if a free passage should not be allowed to pay for the same by instalments as your Lordship may please to Direct. Your humble petitioners pray that your Lordship will take it into consideration and your petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray for your Lordship

Your most humble and obedient servant

John DAVIS

Names and Ages &c of your Petitioners

Names

Age

Married or Single

Number of Children

Profession or Trade

Remarks

Thos. CASSLES

38

Single

None

House & Sign Painter

Lately discharged from HM 17th Foot. Has been 6 years in the East Indies. No pension.

Thos. TIFF

24

Single

None

Labourer

 

Jos'h IVORY?

30

Single

None

Painter & Glazier

 

Dan'l PAUL

36

Married

None

Smith

 

Jno. MASLIN

39

Married

5

Wheelwright

 

Thos.DAVIES

40

Married

1

Smith

Chelsea Pensioner

Jno DAVIS

40

Married

3

Smith

 

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