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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.

GARDNER, Edward, 1820 Settler

(see also William CHESHIRE's correspondence in CO48/42)

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 447

Care of the Gov'r of the Birmingham Workhouse

October 6th 1819


Agreeably to your instructions I herewith return the 3 Lists I had the honor to receive with your Letter of the 30th ult. The Persons therein named are not identically those I first proposed, as is explained in the inclosed note to which I request your reference.

Should any further information be requisite or any misapprehensions respecting your instructions I shall feel obliged by an intimation thereof & the needful shall, in such case, be supplied with the least possible delay. I have the honor to be Sir

Your most ob. Sevt.





National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 477

October 21st 1819

My Lord,

As a fortnight as now ellapsed since I returned the printed Lists in the order according to your directions and the candidates have also engaged with me to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope having disposed with their property are fearfull least after all they should be rejected, under such circumstances I make bold to address your Lordship hoping at the same time you will not take it as an intrussion addressing your Lordship again upon the subject. An answer to this affect as soon as you can make it conveniant with every other information you see useful will much oblige

Your most obdt humble sevt





National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 508

No.7 Brill Crescent



Dec 3rd 1819


Through some error on the part of Messrs ESDALE & Co, to whom our money was remitted upwards of a month ago and not receiving any instructions how to proceed and hearing of several vessels sailing from the Port of London whither we are arrived with our luggage, should esteem it a favour if you would have the goodness to order the arrangements for our embarkation in this River, our money being nearly expended in consequence of the depression of Trade and the expences of our journey to Town we sincerely hope you will grant us this favour as we understand a line from you to the Navy Office will be sufficient

Your obed't sevt


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