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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.

DOWNER, Henry re William SMITH

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 682

Fleet Street

August 10th 1819


William SMITH, the bearer of the note, lived with me as an assistant in my business near three years. I found him steady and attentive and I believe him to be an honest and respectable person. I understand it is his desire to go with his family to the Cape and have therefore taken the liberty to give you the above account of him.

Your most obed't sevt


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