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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.


23 Ebury Street

Near the York Hospitals


28th July 1819


Having seen an advertisement in the paper that your Lordship wishes to engage with some familys to go as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope, I having a wife and three children being the former part of my life brought up in the farming line but now follow the carpenter & cabinate bisiness, which not answering my expectations have no objection to go to the Cape if agreeable to your Honor wish. Our ages as follows; My age 29 wife age 29 first child 4 years 2nd child 3 years 3rd child 1½ years.

If this meets with your Honors approbation please to send an answer with the engagement as soon as convenyant, having my goods & many other matters to settle.

I am your Honors most dutiful & humble servant


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