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.

KENT, R

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 186

21 Hampden Street

Somerstown

August 2nd 1819

My Lord,

I am induced to address your Lordship as I wish to settle at the Cape of Good Hope in my profession being a Surgeon – and wd wish to know what encouragement I wd meet with from His Majesty's Government for that purpose. I am an ass't surgeon in the Royal Navy on half pay with a wife and two children and am well acquainted with the diseases of tropical climates, having served in India, from which I returned in April last.

I have the honor to be my Lord with much respect

Your Lordship's obedient humble servant

R. KENT

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