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.

KENTISH, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 236

No.7 Bonners Street

Green Street

Bethnall Green

Dec 4th 1819

Sir,

I have been informed that there is some wheelwrights wanted to go to the Cape if so I particular wish to go as it is my particular wish and wifes and families haveing 5 children the eldest 12 the youngest 2 years old, I was the first that began to make part of the 50 ploughs at Mr. GABRIEL's that is going to the Cape. I understand wheelwright work in all its branches such as carts waggons ploughs harrows barrows &c serving my apprentice in the country at St.Albans Harts while apprentice used to go out to harvest work the month of harvest. All wisheth to go and all in capital good health thank God ready for embarking at a few hours notice if required.

Your most obedient humble servant

Thomas KENTISH

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