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.

SHEPHERD, John

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 699

No.16 Blenheim Steps

Oxford Street

July 5 1819

My Lord,

I beg leave to say that I am informed thro the public pappers that goverment intends sending a number of families to forme a settlement at the Cape of Good Hope. I therefore most humbley present myselfe as one that would be most happy to accept the proposals of goverment and therefore most humbley trust in your Lordships goodness to know how I am to proceed. I am by trade a boot and shoe maker but at present foreman and boot cutter to Mr. HOWE, Bootmaker, from whom every particular regarding my caractor may be known. Myself and wife 30 years of age and three children under 11 years of age.

I remain your Lordship's most humble & obedient servant

John SHEPHERD

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