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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, 35

July 30, 1819


I humbly beg pardon for being so bold in sending these few lines to solicit your goodness to inform me of intelligence concerning the Cape of Good Hope as I am a labouring man & out of employ and I am willing to work for my wife and two children has there is no employ at this time in London and I here that their is numbers going there for employment.

I am very willing to go providing I should meat your approbation. I will do the best of my endeavour to make myself useful in whatever capacity I am put under as I am a young man at the age of thirty six and my wife twenty six and my son is twenty months.

Please send me word as soon as possible and direct for me Britania Court, Britania Town, Lambeth

I conclude from your

Humble servant


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