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.

GRIFFIN, James

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 312

3 Upper Bryanstone Street

Portman Square

July 30th 1819

My Lord,

As I am desirous of emigrating to the colony about to be formed near the Cape of Good Hope I would feel grateful to your Lordship for information as to the encouragement I would meet with from Government as a resident medical attendant. My profession since the peace is become so very bad that I find myself unable to support my family, though small, in respectability and would therefore embark if I was offered of such assistance as would enable me to obtain a livelihood for the present, with any feasible prospect of rendering myself by industry independent thereafter.

I beg leave to subscribe myself with much esteem

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant

James GRIFFIN

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 330

3 Upper Bryanstone Street

Portman Square

Aug 4th 1819

Sir,

Some days since I had the honor of addressing Lord BATHURST but owing (as I suppose) to his Lordship's engagements in more important matters I have not received an answer.

I therefore Sir presume to address you and request as a particular favour information as to what encouragement I would meet with from Government as a resident medical settler in the new colony about to be formed near the Cape of Good Hope.

My prospects here with an increasing family are not such as I could wish, on which account I would join the emigrants if any feasible prospect was held out by which I might attain a present livelihood for myself and my family, consisting of a wife and one child, with any degree of certainty of rendering myself by industry independent thereafter.

I have the honor to subscribe myself Sir

Your most obliged and obedient humble servant

James GRIFFIN

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