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.

PREECE, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 417

No.10 Lumber Court

Seven Dials

3 Dec 1819

My Lord,

I have taken the liberty of writing to your Lordship on the subject of immigrating to the Cape of Good Hope & should feel greatly obliged by your informing me whither the colony is to be landed at Cape Town or at Algoa Bay in order that I may form an opinion regarding what implements should be taken out from here. I would likewise wish to ask whither or not it would be requisite to apply to you for a grant of land or to the Landrost at the Colony, but the most particular question I wish to ask is this. We are a small Party brought up to Agricultural Pursuits but having but a small capital should be glad to know if Government would grant us a free passage over with the others that are going, if not whither a passage would be granted to us by depositing £10 pounds for each family in the hands of Government and whither that money would be returned to us (as to a single individual taking out a number) by installments as specified in your circular, as also the latest time ships will sail the favour of an immediate answer will greatly oblige

Your Lordship's most obed't humble serv't

Thos. PREECE

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