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.

FABIAN, Benjamin

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 223

Flathouse

Portsea

Sept 23 1819

Sir,

In consequence of having little or no employment at present I am induced to make application to go to the Cape of Good Hope under the System now Establishing. I am a Boat Builder &c Twenty six years of age and in a good state of health – I have a wife and two children, the eldest not five years old.

I shall be particularly obliged if you will condescend to favor me with a reply, stating if I may be permitted to go, and at what time I must be ready to embark, so that I may be able to settle my business previous to my leaving my native place.

I shall also esteem it a favour if you will inform me the difference in expence if I should go alone or if I should take my family. Your early reply will much oblige.

Your most obedt hble sevt

Benjamin FABIAN

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 225

Flathouse

Portsea

Sept 28 1819

Sir,

I am exceedingly obliged for your early reply to my former letter and shall esteem it a particular favor if you will forward me a Duplicate of the Conditions of Emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope

I am Sir

Your very obdt hbl sevt

Benjamin FABIAN

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