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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.

FORBES, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 242


23 Oct 1819

My Lord,

Myself and about sixty of my friends and neighbours have it in contemplation to go out and settle at the Cape of Good Hope. Would your Lordship be so good as case me be informed what encouragement government gives to such of his Majesties subjects as may be enclined to settle in that quarter. We propose to go of all trades. My present occupation is a farmer and [apertration?] of land in the farming I have had much experience and am now about 32 years of age unmarried, this is about the age of all those that might go with me. Some of them mill wrights square wrights blacksmiths taylors & shomakers to trade.

Please direct the answer as under care of George STEWART Esq, Aberdeen

I am my Lord your Lordship's most obedient servant

William FORBES

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