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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.

FULTON, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 138


28 July 1819

My Lord,

Having understood that encouragement is about to be offered to his Majesty's subjects to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope, I beg leave to solicit your Lordship will be pleased to give necessary orders how I might procure a passage to that canton for myself, wife and four children. I likewise observe that there is a surtint sum to be depasited before embarcation according to the famley respectfully but as I am a poor man and out of employment it is not in my poure to depasit that sum & as I am a British punsionar at 6d pur diam and has served my country faithfully I humble beg your Lordship will take it in to considrition and direct such infammation ma be sent me as your Lordship ma think proper.

I am my Lord

Your Lordship's humble & obd't servant


Late Serj't 85th Regiment

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