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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.

EDMONDS, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 29

No. 20 Ebury Street

near the York Hospital


July 28, 1819

My lord,

Having seen an advertisement that your Lordship wants to engage with some familys to go as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope. I have a wife & two children my present situation not answering my expectation has no objections to go to the Cape, having been brought up to the locksmith, bell hanging and worked in every branch in the brass line.

The age of my family is

my age 32

wife age 31

first child 7

2nd child 4 years

If this meets with your Lordship's approbation please to send an answer with the engagements as soon as convenient having my business and some property to dispose off.

I am your lord's most humble servant


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