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.

FREEMANTLE, Jonathan

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 131

No. 4 Smiths Arms Place

Church Lane

Whitechapel

27 July 1819

Sir

Having observed by the public newspapers that his Majesty's Government are pleased to offer a free passage to persons willing to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope and such other arrangement as they, under the circumstances of each individual case, may think proper.

I beg leave to state that I am desirous of availing myself of it and that I am a hatter by trade with a wife and four children and that we are named and aged as follows, viz

Jonathan FREEMANTLE aged

46 years

Sarah FREEMANTLE

34

John

14

Sarah

10

James

6

Mary

2

I beg leave further to state that I have been eight years in his Majesty's navy and that during the above period I have been on board the Hawke Captains BARTON & BOWEN and on board the Dryad Lord BEAUCLERK and was discharged from the service at the peace of Ameins.

I have worked at my business since I left the Navy but in consequence of the general depression in trade I am not now able to get any work and I trust therefore you will consider that I am a proper person to be sent to the Cape and entitled to the encouragement offered.

I remain Sir

Your most obed hble st

Jon. FREEMANTLE

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