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.

HUNT, Richard, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 734

At Robinson's Tobacconist

No. 14 Newington Causeway

near the Elephant and Castle

20th August 1819

Sir.

I beg to inform you that I have 10 able Body men free from all impediments with their Family's ready to go out to the Cape of Good Hope and that they are all perfectly satisfied and sencible of the Goodness of Government and should they be approved of, I beg you will have the Goodness to let me know when the Deposits is to be paid.

I remain, Sir

Your Obed't H'ble Serv't

Richard HUNT

NB I wish to know if we may take out fire arms and ammunition for our own protection and what weight or bulk of Property each man is allowed.

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 749

No. 14 Newington Causeway

near the Elephant and Castle

25 August 1819

Sir.

I duly received your esteemed reply to my letter of the 20th inst. I have enclosed the same filled up according to the directions set down, and I beg to assure you that my Friends and self are all perfectly satisfied and really to conform in all the conditions offered by his Majesty's Government - and should we be so fortunate as to be selected by his Majesty's Government I beg your reply in the mean time.

I remain, Sir

Your most Obed't, very Humble Serv't

Richard HUNT

at Robinsons Tobacconist

Name and Description of the Person taking out the Settlers

Richard HUNT aged near 26 abt 5 ft 10 stout healthy strong handy at tools & Tobacco manufacturing has been a broker in the W & E I [West & East Indies] Market and is perfectly acquainted with the produce and manufacture thereof. Ann his wife age 24 yrs 1 male age 5 yrs 1 female age 10 mo.

Names of the Settlers

Profession or Trade

Age

Names of the Women

Age

Male Children

Age

Female Children

Age

Jonathan TILLEY

Shoe maker

30

Elizabeth

31

1

9

   
         

1

7

   

Robert TILLEY

Farmer

28

Mary

28

   

1

5

Thomas GREEN

Bellows maker

25

Ellen

20

       

John HIGBY

Twiner

28

Mary

26

       

Thomas SHEPHARD

Carpenter

25

Sarah

20

1

1

   

William PARK

Farmer

32

Sarah

30

1

16

   
         

1

12

   
         

1

9

   

John COBLEY

Smith

24

Elizabeth

26

       

James CARNEY

Saddler

26

Elizabeth

27

   

1

2

Robart RIPLEY

Cow doctor & Butcher

30

Ellen

31

       

William WHITE

Baker

25

Mary

27

1

3

   
         

1

1

   

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 768

No. 14 Newington Causeway

near the Elephant and Castle

3 September 1819

Sir.

The kind attention that as been paid to my letters on the subject of Emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and as I hope & trust my proposals will be accepted, as you have informed me that they lay before Earl BATHURST for his consideration. If not troublesome I might state that I am anxious for an answer if & when we are to go, as I shall have some business to settle before I go which will take me some considerable time. Trusting therefore you will give me the desired information and relieve me from a state of suspence in which I know not how to act, I remain

Sir your obed't very humble serv't

Richard HUNT

 

NB There is one service I would wish to do to his Majesty's government before I went in return for your kind attention which if approved and acted on will produce ab't £800,000 p/Ann which is at present loss to the revenue.

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 789

No. 14 Newington Causeway

near the Elephant and Castle

September 13 1819

Sir.

I hope you will not think me troublesome in writing to you as I should be very sorry to be thought so - but extreme anxiety of mind and an opportunity of selling some leasehold property prompts me to write to know if you will have the goodness to inform me weather or no it is likely that my proposals will be accepted to go to the Cape - or if any introduction is required to forward my intentions - or when I may expect a final answer. Your favor to me of 26 Aug't states that my proposals are before Earl BATHURST and that I shall know his Lordship's decision thereon in due time. Therefore if you could inform me in what time I may expect an ans'r it would greatly oblige

your most obed't very h'ble serv't

Richard HUNT

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 831

No. 14 Newington Causeway

near the Elephant and Castle

4 Oct'r 1819

Sir.

I hope you will not think me introduding [sic] if I ask the following questions of you - by your letter to me of the 30 ult'o it appears his Lordship does not think proper to accept of my proposals. I therefore wish to know if I may be allow'd a grant of land for myself and family paying my own passage out and victualing myself on the passage or if I may be allow'd a grant of land for a few friends say 4 or 10 - in the proposition of 100 acres for every man or head of family. An answer forthwith will very much oblige

Your obed't very h'ble serv't

Richard HUNT

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