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.

READ, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 626

47 Cromer Street

Brunswick Square

[Received October 16th 1819]

My Lord,

I most respectfully beg leave to offer myself to your Lordship's notice as a candidate for emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. It is most proper that your Lordship should be informed that my father was a Suffolk farmer and that I was brought up to the same business but on his death quitted that country and took upon me the trade of a tailor, although I have a general knowledge of agriculture particularly of the growth of hemp.

I beg leave to subscribe a list of the persons who will accompany me to the settlement together with their trades and to that I am ready to comply with the terms of His Majesty's Government as also those who will accompany me.

I beg leave to subscribe myself

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

Wm. READ

   

Children

Wm. READ

 

6

R. FULLER

Gardener

3

R. DALTON

Tailor

4

Wm. FEATHERSTONE

Farmer

 

Thos. JONES

Smith

 

John CHAPMAN

Shoemaker

 

Edward JEAL

Shoemaker

 

Chas. JEAL

Cooper

 

Cornelius COLLINS

Agriculturalist

3

A. READ

Husbandman

 

W. WALTERS

Engineer

 

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