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.


National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 232



October 18th 1819

My Lord,

I hope you will pardon the liberty I thus take in addressing your Lordship but being an officer on the half pay of the late 97th regiment and having served in the army more than sixteen years, four of which on the Peninsula under the command of His Grace the Duke of WELLINGTON, and my friends during that period having died, I feel desirous of emigrating to the new settlement about to be established on the coast of Africa and hope your Lordship will condescend to inform me if there should be any objection on the part of Government to that effect and if not whether a passage would be granted and on my arrival if my half-pay would be insured to me.

I have the honour to be your Lordship's most obedient and very humble servant


Lieut. late 97th Regt

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