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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.


National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 774


4 Sept 1819

My Lord,

Having observed in the public prints that it is the intention of Government to colonize a certain part of the Cape of Good Hope, it is my wish as well as that of my family, provided your Lordship should think proper to permit us to embark – my family consists of 5 sons and 3 daughters aged 5 to 18 years, with myself and my wife would make the number required, viz 10. I am a Medical Man but have a compleat knowledge of Agriculture, Mechanics, Hydraulics &c. Your Lordship will oblige me by saying from what ports the vessels to sail from; and to whom, and under which office, the stipulated sums to be paid according to the different ages of those embarking and what are the necessarys permitted to be taken out by each family of 10.

Waiting your Lordship's reply

Your Lordship's most obed't hbl sev't



Thomas HARRISON, Surgeon



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