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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, 719

Cork, August 23rd 1819


Being informed that two gentlemen in this [city] were going to carry over a colony to the coast of Africa in consequence of having accepted the proposals offered by Government, we (12 young men) applyed to emigrate but [were] informed their number was full. We would want to be informed whether we would get a passage from government for ourselves and families to the coast of Africa provided we were able to carry over utensils and every other necessary on our own account, we would want to be informed also of the names and residence of all the proprietors going there in that some may have their number complete, others may stand very much in need of such persons. With humble diffidence I beg leave Sir to express my opinion so far as to say that the inhabitants of this city (of the poorer class) is all Idle almost and Idleness among the populace is always productive of the most dangerous consequences, consequently when some are [out of] the country they that remain will get work and the calm of the present clamours will be the produce of emigration.

I remain in town awaiting the answer of the letter as we all live in the country. {there is] expence to remain therefore I humbly presume an answer as soon as convenient

I remain with respect my Lord

Your obed't sevt


NB Direct to Mr. WHITE, Paul Street, Cork

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