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.

WARD, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 443

Standiford Lodge

Near W'hampton

Staffordshire

Sept 5th 1819

Gent,

I write to inform you that if it is agreeable to you it is my intention to go to settle at the Cape with my wife & family which consists of seven children, three boys aged 18,17,14 years of age, and 5 or 6 young men as labourers. According to the plan laid down by goverment plise to [have] the kindness to inform me by letter what port the transports go from and the time, as I wish to be getting every Necessary & in readiness your early answer will be much esteemed by, gent.

Your most obed't humble serv't

Thos. WARD

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 450

Standiford Lodge

Near W'hampton

Staffordshire

[Received Sept 13th 1819]

My Lord,

If I understand the proposal of Goverment right I am as the Head of the family to say me myself wife and two of my children under eighteen years of age £10 and for the three youngest children at the rate of £5 for two =£10 and ten able bodied men £50. I am now in good health 37 and my wife 34 years of age.

If I am wrong pray set me right and I shall be ready to conform to your terms. I only wish for every information that I need not be at the expence of being longer in London than is necessary. I have been most of my time as Farmer and well know the art of planting and underdraining. If you wish for further information concerning me you may have it from the Hon'ble Edw. MONCKTON Somerford whom I now live under.

I am your Lordship's most obed't humble serv't

Thos. WARD

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 475

Standiford Lodge

Near W'hampton

Sept 24th 1819

My Lord,

I have enclosed a statement of all the persons names I intend taking out with me as settlers to the Cape and have conform'd myself to all the conditions his Majesty's Goverment has offer'd the grant of lands in that Colony. I beg to inform you that I am disposing of my property and getting every Necessary ready hoping I may depend of going out with the first transport.

I am your Lordship's most obed't humble serv't

Thos. WARD

Name and Description of the Person taking out the Settlers

Thos. WARD age 37

5ft 10ins

Mary his wife age 34

With seven children under 18 years of age

Names of the Settlers

Trade or Profession

Age

Names of the Women

Age

Male Children

Age

Female Children

Age

John HARTELL

Husbandry

48

Mary HARTELL

38

3 boys under

13

1 girl

7

Charles BROWN

Husbandry

25

           

Jas. MALLOWS

Husbandry

30

Ann MALLOWS

25

       

John MALLOWS

Do.

25

Mary MALLOWS

24

       

Alfred OBERY

Do.

23

           

Joseph BROWN

Do.

22

           

Thos. TEDD

Do.

28

           

James BADGER

Do.

27

           

George BROWN

Do.

25

           

John WOOD

Mason

24

           

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 523

Standiford Lodge

Near Brewood

7 Oct 1819

My Lord,

In answer to the last letter I received agreeable to your request I enclosed a list of all the persons names ages and professions as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope on the 22nd ult but have received no answer. If my statements are right and accepted I wish to know the time we are to be ready in London and the weight of baggage I am allowed to take. The men which I have returned are out of Brewood parish having no employ and by the wish of the parish officers your early answer will very much oblige

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

Thos. WARD

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