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.

LACON, Anthony

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 293

14 Drury Lane

Aug 2 1819

My Lord,

Having a desire of going to the Cape of Good Hope as a settler I take the liberty of requesting information as to the conditions on which I may be allowed so to do with the quantity of land that will be allowed for the undermentioned persons accompanying me.

I have the honor to be my Lord

Your Lordship's most obed't humble servant

Anthony LACON

Self, a cooper aged 48

Wife 50

Wm. LACON & wife aged 30 cooper

Francis LACON 26 cooper

2 children of Wm. LACON

George WICKS 20

Matthew LACON 45 currier

Wife of do. about 49

Jane LACON }

Mary LACON } from 12 to 18 years

Matthew LACON} children of Matthew LACON

Anthony LACON}

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 330

14 Drury Lane

11th August 1819

My Lord,

I take the liberty of again addressing your Lordship to request further information on the subject of the proposed settlement at the Cape of Good Hope.

The persons undermentioned being desirous of joining with me are willing to make a deposit of £ on the conditions contained in your Lordship's circular and wish to be informed when the deposit is to be made and what quantity of land you would assign to them also the district in which situate.

I should likewise wish to be informed what tonage will be allowed and the articles most proper or necessary to take with us and whether the protection of Government will be extended to the period of reaching the lands assigned or ceases immediately on arrival at the Cape.

I am desirous also of knowing whether any arms are allowed by the Government for protection against the incursions of the neighbouring native states or wild animals should there be any. And finally whether in case of the death of any of the party his right to the land may be transferred to another or to his children if any or whether that land reverts to the Government.

I am my Lord

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant

Anthony LACON

W. LACON

F.G. LACON

Matthew LACON

George WICKS

Matthew LACON Jun

Anthony LACON Jun

Margerett LACON

Margerett LACON

Jane LACON

Mary LACON

Elizabeth LACON & two children

Samuel PRICKETT aged 25 farmer

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 361

14 Drury Lane

Aug 26th 1819

My Lord,

In answer to your Lordship's second circular I beg to acquaint your Lordship that the parties mentioned in my last are willing to accept of the terms proposed and are anxious to know whether they are to consider their proposal accepted on the part of His Majesty's Government.

As it is intended to proceed on a plan of mutual cooperation and support of each other it is hoped that the land assigned them may be adjoining each other.

They are likewise desirous of knowing whether any arms will be provided for their defence or what they will be allowed to take. In the event of these proposals being accepted I am desirous of knowing the time at which it will be necessary to make the deposit and likewise whether in the event of the death of any of the party his right in the land may not be transferred to another or to his children if any.

I have the honor to be

Your Lordship's most obed't humble servant

Anthony LACON

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 389

14 Drury Lane

Set 10th 1819

My Lord,

In compliance with the circular of your Lordship of the 26th Aug I beg to submit the enclosed list of names &c of persons proposing to accompany me as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope and beg to say that we are perfectly willing to comply with the conditions contained in the former circulars and beg to be favoured with the earliest information as to whether my proposition be accepted or not & the time of making the deposit required.

I have the honor to be

Your Lordship's most obed't humble servant

Anthony LACON

Name and Description of the person taking out the Settlers

Anthony LACON

Cooper

No.14 Drury Lane

Names of Settlers

Profession or Trade

Age

Names of Women

Age

Male Children

Ages

Female Children

Ages

Matthew LACON

Currier

46

Marg't LACON

30

Anthony LACON

13

Marg't LACON

2

Jno. LACON

Cooper

20

Marg't LACON

50

Wm. LACON

4

   

Wm. LACON

Cooper

28

Eliz. LACON

30

       

F.G. LACON

Cooper

26

Jane LACON

18

       

Robert AINGE

Cork Cutter

20

Mary LACON

17

       

George HALL

Gardener

20

Jane BAKER

41

       

William BAKER

Shoemaker

30

Mary BLOXHAM

30

       

Matthew QUEEN

Shoemaker

18

           

George WICKS

Cooper

20

           

William LEADLEY

Cooper

21

           

William BLOXHAM

Carpenter

36

           

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