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.

WHITE, Thomas Charles, 1820 Settler

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 407

Arnold near Nottingham

August 28th 1819

My Lord

Wishing to avail myself of the assistance offered by Government to persons emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope, I beg leave in compliance with the terms of the official letter on that subject, to state to your Lordship, that I am prepared to take with me ten able bodied individuals above 18 years of age, some of them with families and all of them from the labouring classes in this neighbourhood.

I beg to add that I had the honor to serve His Majesty in a regiment of the Line upwards of eleven years and that I am now on the half pay establishment.

I have the honor to be My Lord

Your Lordships most obedient humble servant

T. WHITE

Lieutenant H.P. 79 Foot [79th Regiment of Foot]

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 437

Nottingham

Sept 11th 1819

My Lord

I have the honor to transmit herewith a list of the persons I propose taking with me should I be allowed to settle at the Cape of Good Hope; and I beg leave to assure your Lordship that I am ready to conform myself to all the conditions upon which His Majesty's Government have offered to grant lands in the Colony.

I have the honor to be My Lord

Your Lordships most obedient and very humble servant

T. WHITE

Lieut. H.P. 79 Foot

Names of the Settlers

Profession or Trade

Age

Names of the Women

Age

Male Children

Age

Female Children

Age

T. WHITE

Lieut. H. P. 79 Foot, Nottingham

James JACKSON

Husbandman

30

Mary

26

Mary

6

Edith

3

Anne

1

Samuel THORPE

Husbandman

25

Hannah

40

Joseph

13

Hannah

11

William BISPUM

Husbandman

25

John PARR

Husbandman

30

Ellen

30

Joseph PEARSON

Husbandman

19

William SINGLETON

Husbandman

33

Mary

40

John

9

Elizabeth

14

Charlotte

5

John OSWELL

Husbandman

33

Mary

35

John

6

Sarah

16

John RICHARDSON

Husbandman

19

James NEDGATE

Framework knitter

18

George PEACH

Framework knitter

20

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 516

Nottingham

Oct 6, 1819

Sir,

I have the honor to transmit lists of the individuals who have placed themselves under my direction with a view of settling at the Cape of Good Hope. I trust the alterations which I have been under the necessity of making in my first list, in consequence of the changeableness of some of the persons whom I had accepted in the first instance and against which I could not provide from the uncertainty of my future proceedings, will not affect his Lordships decision in my favor as communicated in your letter of the 30th ultimo.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

T. WHITE

Lieut H.P. 79 Foot

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 575

Nottingham

Nov 10th 1819

Sir

I beg leave to state that Messrs SMITH, PAYNE and Co are instructed to pay into the hands of William HILL Esq of the Commissariat Department the sum of one hundred and forty two pounds ten shillings, being the amount of deposit money for the party proceeding under my direction to the Cape of Good Hope.

I beg, at the same time, to observe that in consequence of my absence from home and of your letter of the 21st ult being mis-sent from this place, it was not attended to sooner.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

T. WHITE

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 577

Nottingham

Nov 15th 1819

Sir

In answer to your letter of the 10th inst I beg to state that my deposit money must have been paid on the 12th or 13th inst.

May I request you will have the goodness, should the precise day on which the embarkation is to take place not have been determined upon, to inform me how soon it is likely to take place.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

T. WHITE

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 611

12 Mount Pleasant

Liverpool

Dec 16th 1819

Sir

A mistake having occurred in returning the family of Edward WHATTON (one of the men going to the Cape of Good Hope under my direction) I beg leave to rectify it; and to request that the person improperly returned may be received on board. Instead of Joseph, who is an apprentice and does not accompany his family, it ought to be Sarah; the age is properly returned.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obt humble servant

T. WHITE

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 615

12 Mount Pleasant

Liverpool

Dec 20th 1819

Sir

I beg leave to request you will have the goodness to allow me to take 2 Greyhounds and 2 Spaniels on board the ship Stentor.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obt humble servant

T. WHITE

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 637

12 Mount Pleasant

Liverpool

Dec 29th 1819

Sir

In my application for leave to take two Greyhounds and two Spaniels on board the Stentor, I neglected to notice the letter which I had received from Lieut CHURCH, Agent for Transports at this place on the subject.

I now beg leave to annex a copy of that letter: at the same I assure His Lordship that I have not only provided Water and Provisions for the Voyage, but have also procured Crates, in which the dogs would be confined when not taking exercise by permission of the Master.

I beg further to state that only one person, besides myself, on board the Stentor, is desirous of embarking dogs; that I have procured mine at considerable expense, and that should the present opportunity be lost I cannot hope to be supplied in the country to which I am going and in which they are of so much importance.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obt humble servant

T. WHITE

[Note from GOULBURN] Under those conditions have no objection to the embarkation of his dogs. Order passage for these accordingly.

[Annexed letter]

Liverpool

Dec 20th 1819

To the Heads of the Parties on board the Stentor bound for the Cape of Good Hope:

Gentlemen

In reply to your letter of the 12th inst I beg leave to copy an abstract of a letter I have this day received from the Navy Board dated Navy office, 18 December.

"The Settlers are not to be allowed to embark arms or gunpowder without an order from the Secretary of State for which it is requisite that they should apply.

No dogs are to be embarked unless the parties obtain an order from the Secretary of State for the purpose, and in that case they must put on board water for them for 84 days at their own expense."

By making proper application I have not the least doubt but that your wishes will be accomplished.

I have the honor to be, Gentlemen

Your obedient humble servant

(signed) Charles CHURCH, R.N.

Agent for Transports