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.

GIBBS, Samuel

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 306

29th July 1819

My Lord,

The difficulties I have experienced in bringing up and maintaining my family induces me to take advantage of the offer made by His Majesty's Government for sending out settlers to the Cape of Good Hope should I be deemed fit for such purpose.

I was brought up as a Farmer and have since practiced the trade of a Butcher consequently I have had experience of agricultural matters & complete knowledge of stock &c. My family consists of my Wife & Five Children, two boys and three girls, the eldest 19 years, the youngest 6 years. Should this application be honored by your notice I can produce the most satisfactory testimonials for character. A reply directed as under will greatly oblige

Your Lordship's most obed't and respectful servant

Samuel GIBBS

No.2 Manifold Place

Newington

Surry

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