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.

DURBAN, H.

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 791

Castle Street

Walmer

October 9th 1819

Sir,

I have the honour to inform your Lordship that myself together with several other young men in the town of Deal are anxious to embrace an opportunity of proceeding to the Cape of Good Hope. I therefore beg to request your Lordship will take our wishes into consideration and should there be any necessary business to transact on this occasion I respectfully beg to offer my humble services to your Lordship's acceptance.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your Lordship's obedient humble servant

H. DURBAN

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 825

Castle Street

Walmer

21 November 1819

Sir,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. GOULBURN's letter of the 14 ultimo acquainting me that as the number of persons allowed to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope for the present year was complete that no further encouragement could be given to persons desirous of proceeding to that Colony, and in reply thereto I beg to acquaint you I have understood that Government charter out those who are willing to pay the expence attendant therein. I therefore request you will inform if this is the case, when they can proceed, and if what I have learned is untrue, when the next year's ships will proceed on their voyage so that I may make the necessary arrangements with the Party emigrating with me for that purpose accordingly.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your Lordships most obedient humble servant

H. DURBAN

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