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.

JORDAN, W

First letter filed as W.GORDON under G at CO48/43

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 285

No.9 Market Street

Boro Road

14 July 1819

Sir,

Three families intending to emigrate to North America (from the supposed information following in any of his Majesty's Colonys) but seeing in the Times Newspaper of the 18th ult together with what pased in the House of Commons last night that Government will give encouragement to persons emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope I shall feel greatly obliged by your [furnishing?] me with the particulars of the form to be complyed with.

I am Sir your most obed't humble serv't

W. JORDAN

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 14

No.9 Market Street

Boro Road

July 20th 1819

Sir,

Having had the honour of writing you on the subject of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope which I see fully answered in the newspapers of Saturday last, I beg most respectfully to solicit the favour of being sent to the Cape under the conditions his Majesty's Government has been pleased to grant, having selected ten familys who in my humble opinion will be found to answer all the purposes for forming a new settlement, they being composed of a carpenter, a wheelwright, a smith, a stone mason, a shoemaker and agriculturalists who can give the most satisfactory refferances for loyalty, sobriety, industry and general morral character. If Sir they should be so happy as to be considered fit subjects for carrying the intentions of Government into effect, [obscured] that their embarcation will soon take place and fearing that the little property which is necessary for them to deposit may be expen[d]ed for common necessities of life

I have the honour to be your most obedient humble servant

W. JORDAN

PS Will be obliged by the following questions being answered, whether the whole of the deposit money is to be returned or only the £10, whether the Government intends providing camp equapage for the [use] of the settlers untill such time as they can erect dwellings for themselves, whether implyments of husbandry will be provided and what is the name of the place intended to colonise.

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 44

No.9 Market Street

Boro Road

July 28th 1819

Sir,

Having had the honour of addressing a letter to you on the 20 instant on the subject of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and which was only answered in part I hope I shall not be though intrusive in requesting the favour of your stating if it is the intention of Government to send out any settler before November next as this month will in all probability take the little cappital they have at present ready to deposit for the support of their familys. I also should be glad to know if the settlers are to take out implements of agriculture or Government mean to provide them with the.

I have the honour to be

Yours respectfully

W.JORDAN

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 93

11 Wellington Street

Newing Causeway

August 28th 1819

Sir,

Having had the honour of addressing you on the subject of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and which was answered on 23 ult acquainting me that my proposals were under consideration and that due notice would be given me of the decision thereon, and having seen circulars received by persons who have made applications for the same purpose, I cannot help thinking that by some mistake the notice requesting the ages &c to be sent in have fallen into the hands of one who is at this time making use of my name to procure persons to emigrate with him, and who I refused to take with me. If this should be the case should be greatly obliged by your leting me know whether my proposals are accepted as early as possible so that I may make such arrangements that is necessary for the comfort of those I take with me.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

W. JORDAN

PS My last address was 9 Market St Boro Road

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