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.

MUDIE, John Young

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 494

No. 3 India Place

Shepherd & Shepherdess Walk

City Road, London

July 21st 1819

My Lord

I apply'd a few days ago to Lord SIDMOUTH, stating my wish to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, and was this morning honour'd with an answer directing me to apply to Your Lordship.

I was formerly a Bookseller at the West end of the Town and can refer to several gentlemen of the highest respectability in that Business. I am nearly 40 years of age and have a Wife and 5 Children, (viz) 4 Boys and a Girl, the eldest 16 years, the youngest three, all in good health and ready to proceed to the Colony with Your Lordship's approbation. I am greatly reduced in my circumstances and find it impossible to support my family, without occasional assistance from my friends which it is my anxious wish to avoid. Should Your Lordship be pleased to direct my departure agreeable to the regulations of His Majesty's Government you will bestow a lasting obligation on a whole family. With sentiments of the greatest respect I have the honour to subscribe myself

Your Lordships most obedient and devoted humble servant

John Young MUDIE

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