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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.

BOURNE, Capt re Thomas NORTON, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 714

Clyffe Hall


Nov 24th 1819

My Lord,

The person Thomas NORTON on whose behalf I address your Lordship states that his application at the present time to be put on the list of those sent to emigrate to the cape of Good Hope in lieu of some one of those who having been on the list now decline to go – requires to be seconded by a person of some respectability.

I have therefore in consequence of NORTON's solicitation the honour to inform your Lordship that he served as Armourer on board H.M.Ship Medusa under my command upward of seven years, during the whole of which time his conduct was most exemplary. He is a sober man & very ingenious, some 35 or 40 years old, a healthy robust man.

I have the honour to be my Lord

Your Lordship's obdt humble sevt


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