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.

GRANT, Charles re settlers from Killashee, Longford

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 459

Dublin Castle

11 October 1819

Sir,

I have it in command from the Lord Lieutenant to transmit to you herewith a petition which His Excellency has received from certain individuals residing in the parish of Killashee in the County of Longford who are desirous of proceeding to the Cape of Good Hope as settlers; and as Government is unable to afford the additional information required in the present instance His Excellency requests that Lord BATHURST will be pleased to cause such instructions to be communicated to the petitioners on the points to which they refer, as his Lordship may consider necessary.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

C. GRANT

[in clerk's hand: No.6 to Michel SHANLY, Killashee, Longford]

[enclosed]

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 460

Killashee

Near Longford

6 October 1819

To His Excellency the Lord Lieut. General & General Governor of Ireland

The humble petition of 28 persons in the parish of Killashee in the County of Longford most humbly sheweth

That the greatest part of the above 28 persons are discharged soldiers from the Army & have unanimously agreed to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope as settler belonging to His Majesty agreeable to the late Act of Parliament

That the said 28 persons have memorialed the Earl of BATHURST, Secretary of State for the Colony, who has transmitted them the circular letter relative to how they are to proceed & also every regulation relative thereto.

That the only thing that stops us & makes us anxious to be informed where Contractors are to be found to take us out agreeable to the Act as there is not a Contractor to be heard of in this place & as to ourselves advancing money we are unable so doing, some of us having no Pensions & having large families. In addition to this the Act of Parliament does not allow the settler to be at any expence for either Passage, Victualling or Depositing money.

We therefore humbly pray that your Excellency will issue the necessary orders to inform us by return of post if there is in Dublin, Cork, Limerick or any other sea port in Ireland any Contractor to take us out & we beg if there is that your Excellency will order us to be informed of the Names of the Contractors, the City they reside in, the street & number of where their Office or Residence is in such a City or sea port – or if there be any office established for this purpose as the Eral of BATHURST leaves us to the Irish establishment for this information & has given us all the information in his department & please to direct your answer as soon as possible (as the transports will soon be sailing for the Cape) to Mr. Michael SHANLY of Killashee near Longford.

[signed]

Michael SHANLY

Chas. JOHNSON

Geo. ABBOTT

Alex'r THOMPSON

George SPEAR

Robert GRAHAM

George DEVON

Michael? BYRNE

Thos. CONNOR

Patt. MANNLOW

Jno. KILKENNY

Thos. KILKENNY X his mark

Jno. GILHULY

Dennis FERMAN

James COSSTELLO

Jno. FARRELL

Patt. FARRELL

Thos. FARRELL

James FARRELL

Hugh McLOGHLIN

Thos. FARRELL X his mark

And'w RANKIN

Pat'k PLUNKETT

Thomas W. GRAY

Thos. FARRELL

John McGUIRE

James SHANLY

Patt. SHANLY

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