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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.

GRANT, Charles re William PARKER, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 303

Dublin Castle

Aug 4th 1819


I beg to present to your W. PARKER, an Irish gentleman, who is about to proceed with colonists &c to the Cape. Have the goodness to assist him in his views. I am much mistaken if he does not make a very successful conductor of the new settlers. It is his object to procure the land most advantageously situated for the purposes of a new establishment. In recommending him and his designs to you & thro' you to Lord BATHURST I can assure you I proceed not only on private but also on public grounds.

Believe me

Yours very truly


[in clerk's hand: Appointment for Friday]




National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 385


Aug 25 1819

Dear Sir,

Mr. PARKER my particular friend will have the honor to hand you this. I make free to introduce him to yr. notice. Officially he will entreat an early communication with you connected with the views of Government towards establishing a settlement on the S.East coast of South Africa. My knowledge of W. PARKER's character induces me to recommend him to yr notice on public as well as private grounds & I trust to your kindness in finding for him an early interview with the Earl BATHURST who I have no doubt will discover in him many of those qualities calculated to render a settler in South Africa of sterling worth as well to the Colony as to the Mother Country. You will pardon the liberty I take in thus obtruding myself on your notice.

I have the honor to remain with sentiments of respect

Yr very obed't humble sev't

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