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.

PHILLIPS, Thomas (CRAUSE's Party), 1820 Settler

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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 10

15 Little Knight Rider Street

Doctors Commons

July 17 1819

Hon' Sir

In consequence of my trade being so bad I am unable to provide for the wants of a wife and family of

5 children. From this cause I am anxious to proceed as a settler to the Cape of G. Hope. The great advantages which that Colony possesses over any others for British skill and industry induces to believe that by removing to that settlement I shall be better enabled to provide for the future welfare of my family than according to my present circumstances by remaining in England. Should you deem my application worthy of relief and that I am a fit and proper person to participate in the beneficient and patriotic views of the Executive, a line or circular stating the particulars and what deposits will be acknowledged with the utmost respect of thankfullness by, Hon' Sir

Your Obt. Humble Servant

Thos PHILLIPS

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 37

15 L Knight Rider St

Drs Comms

July 23 1819

Hon' Sir,

I have had the honor of receiving a printed Circular from you relative to the new settlement about to be formed at the Cape of G. Hope. My circumstance will not permit me to derive any benefit from the plan proposed by Government upon a large scale. But I should be glad to be informed whether I may be allowed a passage for myself & family, depositing a sum of money according to the terms proposed in the Circular. If I may be permitted to proceed to the Colony & a free passage allowed I shall make my arrangements accordingly.

I am Hon' Sir with the utmost Respect

Your Obt. Sert

T PHILLIPS

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 69

15 L Knight Rider St, Drs Comms

[Received 30 July 1819]

Hon Sir,

I beg leave to apply to you for further information concerning the intended Settlement about to be formed at Algoa Bay. I will engage 10 persons or familys agreable to the conditions specified in the Circular. But I should be glad to be informed of a few particulars as under -

Will the Settlers be permitted to carry out whatever they conceive necessary free of Port Charges, of Customs or other Duties

[Margin note from GOULBURN: a reasonable amount of tonnage will be allowed but not exemption from Duties]

As the victualling ceases immediately upon leaving the ship, are there any means of provisions in ready supply at the Cape or adjacent settlements

[Margin note from GOULBURN: there are the means]

Is the country intended for location in the interior & will it be necessary to provide any land carriage -

Will any implements of Agriculture be provided by Government –

[Margin note from GOULBURN: may be purchased by settler]

Will there be any temporary covering for the Settlers such as tents & be furnished by Government

[Margin note from GOULBURN: No]

An answer to this stating further particulars and permission to proceed will Most Humbly Oblige

Your Obt Servant

Thos PHILLIPS

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 82

15 Little Knight Rider St

Doctors Commons

[Received 4 August 1819]

Hon' Sir,

I beg leave to solicit your notice to my letter of the 29th ultimo requesting permission to proceed to the Cape with 10 persons according to the conditions of the circular. An answer to that letter as early as possible will be of importance, the interval before the transport sails being requisite for the necessary arrangements.

I am Hon'ble Sir

Your Most Obt.Servant

Thos PHILLIPS

 

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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 104

15 Little Knight Rider St

Doctors Commons

[Received August 9th 1819]

Hon' Sir

I have received a letter from you stating that my proposals were under consideration. Not having rec'd an answer since the 5th Aug't I am quite anxious for the ultimatum. I have 10 persons ready & willing to proceed as Settlers. It is my intention to conform in every respect to the first Circular issued by Government. All that I request is permission to participate in the beneficient views of Government. An early answer will oblige as the persons & myself who are desirous of proceeding to the Cape, are quite in a state of suspense.

I am Sir Your Most Obt. Servant

Thos PHILLIPS