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.

HOLDER, William, 1820 Settler

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 732

7 Nelson Street

Bristol

17 Aug 1819

My Lord,

I humbly beg to address your Lordship and beg to inform you that I am inclined to go to the Cape as I can bring forward ten more able body'd men with me and have 10£ each to advance. I was brought up in the farming business all my life and some of the men is tradesmen but all understand agriculture. I humbly beg your Lordship will be pleased to inform me when we can proceed to the Cape and the weight of luggage each man will be allowed to carry with him and particulars &c Your Lordship answer will be most gratefully receiv'd by

Your Lordships most humble serv't

William HOLDER

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 749

7 Nelson Street

Bristol

23rd Aug 1819

My Lord,

Agreeable to the rules laid down in your Lordships letter respecting the Number, Names & Ages of all the Persons who wish to accompany me to the Cape. The undermentioned individuals have all agreed to accept of the offer of Government laid down in your Lordship's Circular letter & I do most cadidly believe to the best of my knowledge that the following men will be found elligible.

I am my Lord your Lordship's most obed. humble serv't

Wm HOLDER

Name

Age

Remarks

William HOLDER

30

Sophia HOLDER

25

Sophia

3

Eliza

2

Jno. WEBB

34

Sarah WEBB

30

Henry

3

Sarah

1

Moses PITCHER

36

Ann PITCHER

39

William

16

Mary

8

Jno. HAWKINS

37

Jane HAWKINS

27

Eliza

6

Frederick

4

Thos. ROGERS

37

Jno. NAPPER

31

Pensioner of Chelsea at 6d per diem, late corporal 9th Lancers

Jane NAPPER

27

Thomas

9

Elizabeth

7

William HARRIS

21

Wm. HAYMAN

25

Elizabeth HAYMAN

23

William

3

James LEWIS

29

Mary LEWIS

25

Jno. DAVIS

32

Mary DAVIS

28

John

4

James COUNSELL

40

James COUNSELL

15

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 837

7 Nelson Street

Bristol

26th Oct 1819

Sir,

There being some considerable property to be sent belonging to the party under my direction about to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope and the distance from this to London or any other probable port where we may be ordered to for embarkation being considerable and as Mechanics chiefly compose the party their luggage is heavy and the carriage by water slow. I have taken the liberty to request should such be consistent with regulations that I may be informed nearly the time and where the port of embarkation may be – the party having already disposed of their effects, and that I may be enabled to forward our luggage and the implements provided for the party to the destined port of embarkation without delay.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your obed't servant

Wm. HOLDER

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 908

7 Nelson Street

Bristol

11th Nov 1819

Sir,

A particular friend of mine, John DAVIS, late a sergeant in the 9th Lancers having stated his desire to emigrate with me to the Cape of Good Hope, may I intreat permission to take him on the strength of the party under my direction, making it to consist of eleven able bodied men inclusive of myself.

I am Sir most respectfully

Your humble servant

Wm. HOLDER

 

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 911

7 Nelson Street

Bristol

13th November 1819

Sir,

I have to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 10 Nov 1819 this evening and was much surprised in finding you had honored me with one before on the head of the deposit money and which had not then come to hand but have since been found its being mislaid has been occasioned I imagine by No.7 not having been mentioned on the address. I am very sorry such unnecessary delay should have taken place.

I should not have presumed to have troubled you requesting information as to time & place of embarkation had I received yours of the 21st Oct last. I beg leave now to say that I have this day forwarded to Mr.HILL according to your direction the sum of one hundred & forty pounds deposit money.

I am Sir respectfully

Wm. HOLDER

15th November 1819

Sir,

Since seeing yours of the 10th inst there being not post until yesterday and that being no day for business I have to state that the deposit required has been transmitted and on a number of the facts stated with regard to your first letter I beg leave to render the enclosed.

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 917

7 Nelson Street

Bristol

19th Nov 1819

Sir,

Christopher ANDREWS, one of the party about to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope under my directions having been taken ill and is at the present time considered in a dangerous state has declined going to the Cape. I have therefore engaged the late Serjeant Jno. DAVIS to go in his room. The family of DAVIS exactly corresponds with that of ANDERSON's, by which means I trust no inconvenience will arise. I beg leave also to report that DAVIS is a Pensioner at 1/10 per diem.

I am Sir respectfully

Wm. HOLDER

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 939

H.M. Honor'd Transport Kennersley Castle

No.45

29 Dec 1819

Sir,

In consequence of some of my party falling off I have been oblidged to fill up the complement with other hands. I beg leave to transmit the following list which are the persons now on board which I humbly trust will meet your approbation.

Children

William HOLDER

Agriculturalist

Sophia HOLDER

2

James POWELL

Smith

Sarah POWELL

4

John WEBB

Pump maker

Sarah WEBB

4

William ROBERTS

Carpenter

Maria ROBERTS

2

William HILES

Sawyer

Elizabeth HILES

3

Alexander KIDWELL

Labourer

Phoebe KIDWELL

1

Richard TAINTON

Carpenter

Mary TAINTON

William SHEPSTONE

Mason

Elizabeth SHEPSTONE

1

John HANDCOCK

Tailor

Edward GUEST

Mason

Ann GUEST

2

James SCOTT

Labourer

TOTAL 19

18 under 14 yrs

1 above 14

Your humble servant

Wm. HOLDER