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.

ROYLE, J

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 480

29 Mornington Place

Hampstead Road

27 July 1819

Sir,

I should feel obliged by your informing me in what manner I am to apply for a grant of land at the Cape, if it will be absolutely necessary for me to take out ten familys, or having a large family myself if I could purchase a tract of land and at what price.

It is my intention to take out some familys but am not certain as to the number. The favor of an answer would greatly oblige

Sir, your hbl st

J. ROYLE

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 505

29 Mornington Place

Hampstead Road

Aug 5 1819

Sir,

I was favored with yours in answer to my letter of the 27th July referring me to the circular which I have seen and approve.

I should feel oblidged by your informing me to what part of the Cape it is the intention of Government to send the settlers, likewise if I am oblidged to engage the ten persons previous to my having the grant of land as in the event of my engaging them under the uncertainty of my procuring the grant of land might ultimately place me in an unpleasant situation. Likewise if I am oblidged to take them out in a given time.

There being many questions arising from this subject and not wishing to give you so much trouble if there is any gentleman I could be refered to for explanations, I have the honor to be Sir

Your h st

J. ROYLE

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 587

29 Mornington Place

Hampstead Road

31st August 1819

Sir,

We beg to inform you the inclosed is the names of the persons who wish to go out with us as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope. We likewise beg to observe we are willing to conform to the terms of government.

I take the liberty of observing I shall not myself go out at the expence of Government as it is my intention to pay for my passage [they] will be under the superintendence of Mr. MATTHEWS.

We are Sir

Yr hbl sts

J. ROYLE

Joseph MATTHEWS, Hunt Court, castle Street, Leicester Square

Wm. ADAMS aged 22 of Morden, Surrey }

Thos. ADAMS aged 21 of Morden, Surrey } agriculturalists

Henry LOCK aged 25 of Morden, Surrey }

Isaac LOCK aged 28 of Morden, Surrey, sawyer, wife & two children 2 & 4 years of age

Dan'l KING aged 21 of Kennington }

Thos. WARD aged 20 of Kennington } agriculturalists

Jas. DONALD aged 23 of Kennington }

Richard CLEMMONDS 24 of Kennington, labourer, wife aged 21

Thos. WHITE aged 27 of Beckshill } agriculturalists

Thos. COX aged 30 of Beckshill }

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 589

Name and Description of Person taking out the Settlers:

J. ROYLE, 29 Mornington Place, Hampstead Road

Names of Settlers

Profession or Trade

Age

Names of the Women

Age

Male Children

Age

Female Children

Age

Joseph MATTHEWS

Agriculturalist

40

Sarah MATTHEWS

30

1

2

3

14,16 & 17

William ADAMS

23

           

Henry LOCK

25

           

Thos. ADAMS

22

           

Isaac LOCK

28

Mary LOCK

21

2

2 & 4

   

Daniel KING

21

           

Thos. WARD

20

           

Jas. DONALD

23

           

Rich'd CLEMMONDS

24

Sarah CLEMMONDS

21

       

Thos. WHITE

27

           

Thos. COX

30

           

[In clerk's hand across bottom]

This person's letter is mislaid. Mr. ROYLE is desirous of knowing whether he, although he be the responsible chief of the party, may remain in this country for the present and let the party go under the direction of the 1st person on the list.

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