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.

KEY, John

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 232

Nov 29th 1819

Sir,

In consequence of settlers proceeding to the Cape of Good Hope I shall be happy to be one of the number. I have a family of 5 children 3 boys and 2 girls. A lad near 14 years of age wants to go likewise. My childrens age is one 11 years the other 13 years these are both girls, the next is a boy 7years old the next 2 years & the next one month old so that there is 8 of us altogether should like to go as soon as possible. I am a native of Lincolnshire and was brought up in the farming line understands all kinds of husbandry work gardening and thatching of houses inclosing of new land, but now follow the business of a brush maker. My age is 35 years if this meets with your approbation direct to me at No.2 Princes Square Kennington Cross Surry

I remain your humble servant

John KEY

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