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.

JOHNSON, John

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 24

No.123 Long Alley

Moorfields

July 21st 1819

Sir,

Having understood it is the intention of Government to send persons as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope I therefore become an applicant for myself and family. I am by trade a bricklayer, 36 years of age with a wife and 5 children, 3 of which are strong hearty boys the other 2 are girls. I have served his Majesty in the Commisariat Waggon Train in France as Sargeant and since my return have not had more than half my time employed which makes me wish to go believing that by industry I shall be able to procure a living for may family.

I am Sir your most obedient humble servant

John JOHNSON

NB Having lived the former part of my time in the country I am not ignorant of agriculture.

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