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.

HADLEY, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 532

London

Feb. 22nd 1819

Sir,

Being anxious to employ my leasure time and that of my numerous family in some profitable pursuit, I am induced again to apply to you respecting my going out as a settler to the Cape of Good Hope. I beg leave to state that I am a Captain on the retired list of the 2nd Royal Veteran Battalion, I have a wife and ten children now at home, with an income of 10/6 per day.

I am acquainted with agricultural pursuits & should be happy to go to the Cape of Good Hope for that purpose. From having been several years in New South Wales and both cleared & cultivated land there i can form an idea of what i now wish to undertake, and conceive that with my income & numerous & industrious family I should be enabled to cultivate land to the satisfaction of his Majesty's Government.

I therefore humbly pray you will be pleased to recommend me to Lord BATHURST for a grant of land of what extent he may think proper & be pleased to allow me tonnage for myself and family & I shall be happy to victual them at my own expence- and i pledge myself that his Lordship shall have no cause to repent having sent me & my family out.

I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedient very humble servant

William HADLEY

Please to address me at Mr. James PEATES

76 London Walk

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 674

Wilton near Wolverhampton

August 9th 1819

Sir,

Learning from the public papers that Government are about to send out a Colony to the Cape of Good Hope, I have taken the liberty of again addressing you on the subject.

When I had the honor of addressing you before it was for a free passage for myself and family only, which you were pleased to inform me by your letter dated the 19th of February last, His Majesty's Government could not comply with.

I am now induced to intrude on your time and goodness, in consequence of several applications from distressd tradesmen in this neighbourhood to accompany me to the Cape of Good Hope if i can obtain permission of Government to go out as a settler. Permit me to request you will be pleased to inform me if a free passage will be granted for myself, family and settlers by my taking out ten settlers and lodging ten pounds per man in the hands of Government. Your kind compliance will greatly oblige Sir your most obedient very humble servant

William HADLEY

Captain, retired list 2nd Royal Vet. Batt.

 

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 795

London

Sept 17th 1819

Sir,

I beg leave to enclose a list of the persons I wish to take out with me as Settlers to the Cape of Good Hope agreeable to your letter of the 12th ultimo.

I regret much that i have not been able to send it in sooner & sincerely hope you will pardon the delay which has been occasioned by the disappontments i have met with from time to time from the prevaricative conduct of some persons with whom i was about to engage. Permit me to hope Sir that my length of service (20 years) and numerous family will induce you to recommend me to the favourable consideration of Lord BATHURST.

I have the honor to be Sir your most obedient very humble servant

William HADLEY

Captain on the retired list of the 2nd Vet. Batt.

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 797

Name and Description of the Person taking out the Settlers:

William HANDLEY, , 42

Sarah HADLEY 40

Benj. HADLEY 9

Mary HADLEY 10

Names of Settlers

Profession or Trade

Age

Names of the Women

Age

Male Children

Age

Female Children

Age

 

Capt 2nd R.V.Batt

42

Sarah HADLEY

40

Benj.HADLEY

9

Mary HADLEY

18

Thomas KIMBER

Smith

25

Sarah KIMBER

26

   

Sarah HADLEY

13

Will'm HADLEY Jun

 

19

       

Amelia HADLEY

11

Thomas JORDAN

Butcher

19

       

Charlotte HADLEY

8

William FREEAR

Farmer

28

Ann FARMER [sic]

26

   

Maria HADLEY

6

Joseph KITE

Farmer

35

Sarah KITE

33

James KITE

13

Louisa HADLEY

5

William JORDAN

Farmer

40

       

Henryetta HADLEY

3

Arch'd McDONALD

Taylor

38

       

Susannah HADLEY

2

Joseph GARLAND

Carpenter

40

Ann GARLAND

36

   

Elizabeth HADLEY

4m

Richard NOGGINS

Shoemaker

30

       

Elizabeth KIMBER

2

James VAUGHAN

Gardener

23

Ann VAUGHAN

22

   

Elizabeth FREER

1

             

Mary JORDAN

13

             

Cath'ne McDONALD

3

[signed] William HADLEY,

September 17th 1819

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 812

London

Sept. 28th, 1819

Sir,

Having agreeably to the directions in your letter of the 11th ultimo, sent in a list of the names & description of persons I proposed taking out as Settlers to the Cape of Good Hope, I hope I shall not be too far intruding upon your time in submitting some circumstances to you, which I trust will obtain a preference to my application for leave to settle in that Colony.

Having for the last 25 years of my life been abroad in various parts of the world; first in the United States of America, where i had an opportunity of observing the nature of new settlements; in South America; the Cape of Good Hope, and New South Wales, in which Colony I remained 4 years & during this residence cleared & cultivated land; having been accompanied by my wife and family they are accustomed to the fatigues and deprivations of long voyages & as well as being brought up in the habits of industry, are inured to every change of climate.

These are requisites which I should presume fall to the lot of but very few applicants, and which from experience I judge to be essentially necessary to succeed in a New Colony.

I have now only to add that I am possessed of pecuniary means to carry my views into effect. Being possessed of an income from Government of nearly 200£ a year, I shall also be enabled to pay the deposit money required for myself & party and from other sources to take out property to a further amount.

Trusting that what I have stated may be deem'd of sufficient weight to induce you to recommend me to the favourable consideration of Lord BATHURST.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

William HADLEY

late Capt. 2nd R.V. Batt.

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