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.

ELLIOTT, John Frederick

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 21

22 Cloth Fair

West Smithfield

London

July 25th 1819

Hon. Sir

Having considered the subject of the Govt Circular and feeling that the prospect of business in this Country will not answer my purpose, I judged that I could not employ the [remainder] of life better then by uniting with nine other heads of families who have the same feeling and possessing all the qualities necessary to form a colony acting in concert and reflecting honour and advantage upon England such being their character for temperance ability perseverance and all the other requisites which appear to me after ten years study of this subject necessary lead me to offer the Brittish Government every guarantee and you will oblige me by communicating as soon as possible the necessary information and instruction.

Names of settlers

two BROWNLOWs latly married

2

Farmers & Gardiners

ELLIOTT wife & 4 chiln

1

FLAVIL wife & 2 chil

1

SMITHs 2 wives 4 chil

2

CLARK wife and 4 chil

1

EVERET do. 2 do

1

will Cultivate

HIMING single

1

STANLY wife & 4 chil

1

Farmer

 

10

 

I have the honour to subscribe myself

Honorable Sir

Your obedient Servant

J. ELLIOTT

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 27

22 Cloth Fair

London

July 30, 1819

Hon Sir

Some persons directed they said to me from your office being desirous to unite with me. I take the liberty of intruding again.

Permit me to state that I should be able to select some excellent colonists whose friends would make an effort to get them off and I should be happy to serve my Government & the Colony in that or any other way but could not positively engage until authorised with more than my ten because these altho respectable are distrest characters having only a hope honorably to escape ruin by colonising & persons without employ.

As my studies & manner of life lead me to a knowledge of men & as my labours during six days do not prevent my taking immense journeys of 60 or 70 miles chiefly on foot on the seventh for the good of them, I humbly hope I might be usefull at least by example & repeat that I am confident of the virtue of our party & that

I am Hon Sir

Yours obediently and devotedly

J. F. ELLIOTT

PS as every failure in colonisation is attributable to either want of means or intemperance especially on this continent I am happy in the confidence I have in the Brittish Government & that the situation chosen is the best & that we have both the will & the ability to cultivate & are rigidly temperate.

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 43

22 Cloth Fair

August 7, 1819

Hon Sir

In reply to your condescending favor of the 5th inst. I humbly state that my 20 colonists will make a seperate application. We therefore are in all eleven heads of families agreable to the intention of the first proposal & if as early as possible you will permit me to enter names, ages and numbers etc. you will oblige

Hon Sir your obedient humble servant

John Frederick ELLIOTT

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 56

Cloth Fair
Aug 31 1819

Honourable Sir,

I have delayed sending a regular statement, as since my proposal of 25thJuly have been solicitous to make some useful amendments in my party. Having contemplated the subject with [devotion] & fixed attention & availed myself of the experience & advice of recent Travellers & Settlers I have formed a plan which is admirably adapted to effect the purpose of the industrious settler & must serve the object of His Majesty's Government equally [simple &] usefull & so consolidating the strength & resources of the settlers as to bid defiance to every obstacle. I forbear to trespass upon your valuable time altho' should be happy to [communicate] my plans if the Earl BATHURST should be pleased to allow my settlement at the Cape of Good Hope. I am ready to conform myself to all of the conditions upon which His Majesty's Government have offered to grant land in the Colony.

I am Sir with all respect

Your obed't sev't

John Fred'k ELLIOTT

John Frederick ELLIOTT

Now a grocer

35

Martha Ellie

34

James

8

Ellen

Mary

10

2

Richard BROWNLOW

Farmer

24

Ellen

20

   

Martha

10 m

Robert BROWNLOW

Do.

26

Maria

21

       

STANLEY

Shoemaker

39

Ann

40

   

Ann

Jane

Eliza

18

11

6

DUCKWORTH

Vine dresser

28

           

W. EVERETT

Cork cutter

36

Jane

25

   

Jane

Mary

4

2

H. [HIMING]

Teacher

27

           

Richard BROWN

Printer

38

Elizabeth

40

   

Elizabeth

9

William CLARK

Farmer

41

Ann

30

William

5

Mary

Eliza

Maria

8

6

2

Van SMITH

Printer

28

Wife

22

John

3

   

Henry SMITH

Carpenter

35

Wife

30

Edward

9

Mary

6

John [CAMIES]

very distrest & now exercises the trade of Carpenter

Gardiner

 

Mary

35

Richard

John

Jos'h

10

6

3

Sarah

11

James MITCHEL

Tailor

40

Elizabeth

38

John

Jos'h

3

1 1/2

   

George STANLEY

Shoemaker

19

           

John JAY

Do.

35

Elizabeth

32

Joseph

J H[enry]

8

3 mo

   

Joseph DURIEN

 

25

Lucy

21

   

Mary

6 mo

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 78

September 30, 1819

Hon Sir

As Mr [ADDY] resolves to leave Mr WILSON's party I have consented to acquiesce in his desire to join me, & as many heads of parties are anxious to avail themselves of my experience & information upon this important subject & give a decided preference to my plans, I humbly hope & indulge the pleasing contemplation of serving them & my country. He being an eligible young man may become usefull but as [torn page - ?most of?] my labourers in farming [torn page - ?are?] in good situations by permitting me to amend my list you will oblige

yours respectfully and obediently

John Frederick ELLIOTT

PS if references are necessary as to moral character & ability can refer to some of the first noblemen, gentlemen and ministers

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