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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 CO48/42, 79

Cray Farm

July 27th 1819


Lord CASTLEREAGH desires me to present to you the bearer of this letter, Mr. FITZGERALD, a Gentleman of respectable connections in the North of Ireland, who is anxious to avail himself of the prospects offered lately to settlers at the Cape of Good Hope.

As Mr. FITZGERALD appears to be willing to embark on this enterprise according to all the regulations laid down in the late act, Lord CASTLEREAGH will feel obliged to you to receive Mr. F and to state to him to what extent and in what manner it may be in Lord BATHURST's power to assist him in the attainment of his wishes.

I am dear GOULBURN

Truly yours


PS I ought to mention to you in recommendation of Mr. F that he holds a situation of considerable trust in Dublin – Secretary Assistant Treasurer to the House of Industry – probably, therefore, competent to succeed in such an enterprise.

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