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.

HUMPHRIES, Benjamin

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 702

Middleton Cheney, near Banbury

Oxon.

12th Aug 1819

Honoured Sir,

For my self and others who wish to become Emigrants to the cape of good hope-- But not being aware of the Provision made for such poor settlers, we therefore beg your Honour will honour us with a copy of the Proposals made to such settlers with the time set for assembling and at what port the embarkation his to take place as we may be in readness and by complying your Honour will confer an obligation to your very obliged

Humble & obedient Servant,

B. HUMPHRIES

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 730

[note by GOULBURN at top of page: No. 3 Pensioners of Chelsea and Kilmainham hospitals will be allowed to receive their monies in the colony]

[Transcriber's note: for a detailed explanation of pensioners see http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/SFHG/2003-12/1071227251]

Middleton Cheney

Nr Banbury

Oxon

Aug 19, 1819

Honoured Sir,

I have the Honour of acknowledging the rec't of the Proposals baring date of the 15th inst. relative to Emigration to the cape of good hope, but I am sorry I am under the Necessity again of apply to you for further information as to the mode Emigrants are to Procure Implements of husbandry, shelter on their arrival, with all necessary articles which will be required in that country, whether the settlers are to take them out themselves or whither government doth provide all those articles for the settlers as may be required. I have also to enquire provide there should be pentioners amongst us whither they continue there pentions on to what time they are alowed to draw there pentions up to as all those are maters of great importance.

Your answer honoured Sir will confer an obligation on Sir

Your very obliged humble & obedient servant

B. HUMPHRIES

 

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 791

Middleton Cheney

Sept14, 1819

Honor'd Sir

Wishing to become an emigrant with oathers of this county, but being under the necessity of apply to my parish for that purpose, butt the being Disiouras [desirous] of knowing what sequarity [security] His given to them before the enter into any agreement with me or with others of my Discription you will confer an obligation no me by transmitting to me your answer specifying the Surquarty if by Act of parliament and by complying you will confer an obligation on Sir

Your very obliged humble & obedient servant

B. HUMPHRIES

 

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 803

Middleton Cheney

nr Banbury

Oxon

Sept 20 1819

Honoured Sir

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 15th inst, but am sorry to under the necessity of applying again to you for further information respecting the secquarity given to parishes who send out settlers to prevent them again being chargeable in accont of there return to this country if the lose all right to their former parishes by act of parliament or otherwise.

I also apply for leave for the undermentioned to go out as settlers to the cape of good hope

Names

Men

Women

Children under 14

Total

Henry BURGES & wife

1

1

2

4

Joseph HUMPHRIES & wife

1

1

5

7

Benj'n HUMPHRIES & wife

1

1

3

5

Total

3

3

10

16

Which Sir by complying you will confer an obligation on Sir, your very obliged, humble & obedient servant

B HUMPHRIES

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 881

Middleton Cheney

nr Banbury, Oxon

20th Oct 1819

Honoured Sir

I have the honour to transmit for your inspection a detailed statement of the men women and children which I propose to take under my directions as settlers to the cape of good hope. Also an assurance that we are ready to conform ourselves to all the conditions upon which his majesties government have offered to grant lands in the colony and it will confer an obligation on me by giving me an amediate answer as to the time set for assembling and at what place we are to assemble with the date proposed for embarkation and by complying you will confer an obligation on sir

Your very obliged, humble & obedient servant

B HUMPHRIES

Name and Description of the Person taking out the Settlers

Benjamin HUMPHRIES Taken Charge as the Wale [sic] Being selected by Parishes

Names of Settlers

Profession or Trade

Age

Names of Women

Age

Male Children

Age

Female Children

Age

B.HUMPHRIES

Labourer

32

Cathrine

28

Norman

10

Harriett

2

             

Sarah

1

Henry BURGES

Labourer

39

Sarah

28

James

13

Sarah

4

             

Susanah

1

Jos'h HUMPHRIES

Frame work knitter

34

Elizabeth

34

William

12

Ann

11

         

John

9

Elizabeth

1

         

George

2

   

Will'm WILDE

Flax dresser

38

   

William

7

Elizabeth

11

         

Robert

5

Ann

9

James NEAL

Labourer

36

   

Matthew

12

Prisilla

13

             

Mary

10

             

Martha

8

             

Sarah

6

             

Alenda

4

Silvesta ARIS

Labourer

26

Maria

23

   

Mary

4

             

Charlote

2

John BRAGGINTON

Shoemaker

24

           

George HITCHCOX

Labourer

19

           

Thos. CROSS

Labourer

25

Hanah

26

Thomas

1

Elizabeth

4

             

Jane

2

John PRATT

Labourer

30

Fanny

32

William

3

Mary Ann

5

             

Frances

1

Thos. LAMB

Labourer

45

Hannah

40

James

9

Susanah

15

         

Peter

7

Roseanah

5

         

Richard

1

   

William JARVIS

Labourer

29

Litticha

25

   

Sarah

6

             

Mary

5

James HERBAGE

Boat builder

35

Martha

35

William

9

Ann

4

         

Elijah

7

   
         

Samuel

1

   

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 883

Middleton Cheney

21st October 1819

My Lord,

The humble petition of Benjamin HUMPHRIES ,late Serj't of the 2nd Batt 30th Regt. Foot and Joseph HUMPHRIES of the 7th Do. humbly sheweth your Lordship that your humble Petitioners being very Disiourious [desirous] of becoming settlers at the cape of good hope having made Applications for that purpose but to none effect and being under great Distress, having no Employment nor see any hopes of having any for some time to come, Having wifes & famileys with no means of suporting them by Honest Endevors, therefore your humble petitioners crave your Lordships assistance in getting us leave to go out as settlers to the cape of good hopes and further that we are willing to bear Arms in Defence of His Majestys colony against those Dangers which may asalt and hurt the progress of that part of His Majestys Foring [foreign] Possession – and we further add for your Lordships Information that we have the means of paying the Deposit which his required of those persons going out to that colony being proferd those means by our parishes with a further sum adequet for that purpose and by complying my Lord you will confer an obligation on your humble petitioners and they find themselves in duty bound to pray

B. HUMPHRIES

Henry BURGES

Joseph HUMPHRIES

Names

Trade or Profession

Age

Names of the Women

Age

Male Children

Age

Female Children

Age

B.HUMPHRIES

Labourer

32

Cathrine

28

Norman

10

Harriett

2

             

Sarah

1

Henry BURGES

Labourer

39

Sarah

28

   

Sarah

4

             

Susanah

1

Joseph HUMPHRIES

Frame W Knitter

34

Elizabeth

34

William

12

Ann

11

         

John

9

Elizabeth

1

         

George

2

   

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