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.

WILKINSON, John

National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 568

Blackburn

2nd Nov 1819

May it please your Lordship

Myself and other persons from this town having engaged to go out with a party of settlers from Liverpool to the Cape of Good Hope, Messrs. WHITELY & Co have called for our deposits, to raise which many of us will be under the necessity of selling our furniture, which will be attended with great inconvenience and ruin to most of us unless the ship sail in a few days. We therefore humbly request to know whether our deposit will be accepted if paid within a few days of the ship sailing, as also whether a vessel is already appointed for Liverpool, and at what time it may be expected to sail.

An answer to this by return of post directed to me near the Royal Oak, King Street in Blackburn will be gratefully received by, my Lord

Your Lordship's obedient and humble servant

John WILKINSON

Print Email