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.

JACKSON, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 6

Cumberland Street

Leicester

July 16th 1819

My Lord,

I beg to inform your Lordship that I am a framework knitter of this town out of employ and seeing in the public paper that his Majesty's Government are willing to give some encouragement to persons so situated to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope and being desirous of availing myself of that encouragement I shall be obliged if your Lordship will be so kind as to inform me of the terms of settling in the above place. I have only to add that should I be able to comply with them my wife & family will accompany me.

I am my Lord

Your Lordship's most obed't hbl sev't

Wm. JACKSON

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 87

Cumberland Street

Leicester

Aug 18th 1819

My Lord,

The undersigned being desirous of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope beg to solicit information as to the following points:

1st Whether the 100 acres of land proposed to be given for each family will be conveyed bona fide to the person acting as agent for the whole, or whether it will be conveyed to each family according to the above proportion of one hundred acres providing an agreement is made with the agent to that effect.

2nd Whether pensioners emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope can receive their pensions as in England

3rd Whether the parties proposing to emigrate will be examined by a medical man, if so when and at what place

I have to inform your Lordship that the parties for whom I write will each furnish their own deposit money and they want to know whether they can by any means be each entitled to the 100 acres of land, that is whether his Majesty's Government will convey the land separately to each, or if that cannot be done whether an arrangement with the agent, whom they employ for him to convey the land in equal proportions to each family, will be binding upon him according to the laws and usages of the colony or the regulations of His Majesty's Government.

I have also to inform your Lordship that five of the parties are pensioners who are extremely desirous of the information I have solicited.

Your Lordship's most obed't hbl sev't

Wm. JACKSON

[on reverse]

Wm. JACKSON

Thos. CHAMBERLAIN

Wm. BROWN

Wm. SAMUELL

Jas. TAYLOR

Ed'd GARRETT

Jos'h CART

Jos'h GARNER

John ADDISON

Joseph MARTIN

Robert HALL

John CHANDLER

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