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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

pre 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.


National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 102

Sep 1819

My Lord,

I beg leave to address your Lordship to state to you I have nine other persons which will join with me to embark for the new colony at the Cape of Good Hope. If your Lordship will be kind enough to inform me by letter when and where the deposit money is taken and the time of departure from this country.

I am my Lord your most obedient sevt


PS Please to direct John ALWOOD, Greenhithe, Kent




National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 113


22 Oct 1819

Most Honourable Sir,

I beg leave to address your Lordship to state I have endeavoured to get my number together but they having declind I have joined a Mr. WILLSON of Chelsea who tells me I am accepted by Government & to pay deposit into Sir John PERRING's hand which he say is £22:10:0 and £5 for stores. I have seven children. I am apprehence of his responcibility excepting I could get Government security. If your Lordship will have the kindness to inform me if I am justifiable in paying my deposit to him without your security or not as their is a many frauds practiced. I am able to take my part in respect of Capital if his lordship will be pleased to inform me by line will esteem it a favour,

I have the honour to be your most obt humble sevt





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