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.

WATSON, Samuel

(See also correspondence of Samuel JAMES in CO48/44)

National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 435

Westbury, Wiltshire

Sept 4th 1819

My Lord,

I have transmitted a list of names of persons that are disposed to accompany me to the Cape of Good Hope as settlers, which are seven married people with famillies & three single men besides my own familly. And we are also ready to conform ourselves to all the conditions specified in the circular letter. I beg leave to mention that if his Majesty's Government approve of our going to the Cape that you will be so obliging as to inform me as soon as convenient & you will greatly oblige

Your most obedient servant

Samuel WATSON

Name and Decription of the Person taking out the Settlers

Samuel WATSON

Names of the Settlers

Profession or Trade

Age

Names of the Women

Age

Male Children

Age

Female Children

Age

Samuel WATSON

Farmer

37

Phebe WATSON

36

Charles WATSON

15

Eliz. WATSON

13

         

Thomas WATSON

5

Sarah WATSON

1

         

John WATSON

3

   

Samuel JAMES

Carpenter

31

Elizabeth JAMES

33

Edward JAMES

8

Eliz. JAMES

[5]

         

Stephen JAMES

2

   

Jeremiah EMBLEN

Blacksmith

39

Sarah EMBLEN

34

William EMBLEN

9

Mary EMBLEN

?

         

Jeremiah EMBLEN

3

   

John MASON

Labourer

29

Jane MASON

32

James MASON

9

Eliza MASON

?

         

Charles MASON

7

Sarah MASON

?

Phillip HOBBS

Gardener

26

Charity HOBBS

25

Daniel HOBBS

3

Sarah HOBBS

1

Samuel WARD

Labourer

25

Jane WARD

25

Alfred WARD

1

Louisa WARD

3

Isaac MOORE

Labourer

27

Margaret MOORE

29

   

Jane MOORE

2

Richard TOWNSEND

Labourer

29

Naomie TOWNSEND

25

James TOWNSEND

1

   

Thomas LANHAM

Plasterer & Mason

27

           

John WATTS

Carpenter & Millwright

34

           

John ROGERS

Labourer

33

           

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 467

Westbury, Wiltshire

Septr 22nd 1819

My Lord,

Having received a letter from you dated the 6 inst wherein you say that my proposals were under consideration & that die notice will be given to me of the decision which may be taken thereupon but received no further acts though you might have mislaid or forgot my letter. I beg leave also to ask if I may be allowed to take out any more settlers than those whose names were already sent to your office.

Your attention as soon as possible will very much oblige, my Lord

Your most obed't serv't

Sam'l WATSON

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 525

Westbury, Wilts

Oct 7th 1819

Sir,

Have fitted up the list according to your direction as near as I can understand your meaning. Through one of the party being taken ill since I sent the first list have added one in his stead & another declining to go you will observe that there are eleven besides myself. Thought it would make no difference as the people wished to have their name put down. Thought it would be best to enquire if I could be suffered to take more than ten famillies to the Cape.

I am Sir your obed't serv't

Samuel WATSON

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