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.

FOOT, Robert

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 119

Crigwa

Cardigan

South Wales

22 July 1819

My Lord,

Having observed that it is the intention of his Government to encourage the surplus clas of the labouring people of this country who were willing to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope for their support.

I beg leave to say that I have a small allowance of half pay from his Majesty's Government of 2d per diem. Previous to my having the good fortune to serve his Majesty my pursuits were that of agriculture and likewise since the year of 1800. I beg to say that I am desirous to take myself and family to the above place if the Government will be pleased to give me an employment. The favour of an answer is requested.

I have the honor to be my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant

Rob't FOOT

PS Upwards of four hundred people have emigrated I suppose to the United States of America a few weeks since in one vessel from the town of Cardigan

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