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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 CO48/43, 53

[Received 17 Aug 1819]

Monday evening

31 Castle Street

Leicester Square


I should not trouble you on this subject but I do not see any clause in the circular letter concerning the settlers at the new colony which would prevent a widow with a large family from going out. My object in writing is to request you will if possible give me that information.

I am about thirty years of age and the eldest of my children eight next month and the younger two years next October. I am the widow of a gentleman lately in the office of the Agent general in Great George St, Westminster. Added to the number already mentioned my sister would wish to accompany me, she is younger.

My wish to go arises from the unfortunate state my husband left his family in which I find it quite impossible to maintain in this country and I have hope should I go to the new settlement I should be more successful. I shall consider myself very greatly obliged by an early answer to this letter as I do not like to make an application untill I know if I should be allowed to go out.

I am Sir

your most obedient


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