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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.


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National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 937


9th Sept 1819


Having made application to the Commander in Chief respecting myself and some others going to the Cape of Good Hope I am directed by the Commander in Chief that all communications respecting the same must be made to your office. It is the wish of myself and some other pensioners to go to the new colonies, all we wish to know is the proposals and on what terms and if pensioners can have the same indulgence with respect to drawing our pension as in this country.


Out Pensioner Chelsea Hosp 52nd Foot

Direct Nicholas FITZSIMMONS, Out Pensioner Chelsea Hospital, Coothill, Ireland




National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 965


County Cavan


27th Sept 1819


I have received the necessary instructions from your office concerning the indulgence granted subjects going out to the new colonies. All I am at a loss for is to know whether pensioners can draw their pension there the same as in this country, as there are a number of us here who would wish to go. Sir, if you would be graciously pleased to let me know if it will do for our pension to lie in Sir Joseph SIM's hand, Chelsea Eagent, to answer the deposit money as there is many of us drawing small pensions not able to answer the deposit money in hand.


Out Pensioner Chelsea Hospital 9d per day

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