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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.

HEFFER, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 836

Oct 6th 1819


Your petishioner who address'd you has serv'd 7 years in the 5th? Lt Regt Foot at Sergt and was in the Bttle of Waterloo. Discharged on the Reduction of the Army last Nov'r and having been out of employment about half the time since I was discharged and having heard of the emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope I thought proper to address you as I should like to go out if I could get my Passage Free as I was Brought up in the country and use to all kind of farmers work. I ham turnd 30 years of age and allways healthy at home or abroad. Sir I shall be greatly oblige to you to return me a ancir by the return of Post stating the artickles of agreement and how I am to proceed in it as I thought a writing to His Royal Highness the Duke of York untill I was informed of your office.

Ham yours


Direct to me at Great Shelford, near Cambridge


And I shall be greatly oblige to you.

Sir, I ham a single man and no Incumbrance Whattever




National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 873

Great Shelford

Near Cambridge

Oct 17 1819


I am very sory to think that I have to trouble you with another letter as I wrote to you wen I was in London and received no ancir from the letter as I was informed you ancired all letters as I ham intirely out of employment and should like to go out to the Cape of Good Hope if you please to grant me my Passage wich I shall be for ever oblige to you for it as I ham allways healthy wen abroad and hope Sir you will consider my state and grant me leave to go as I shall be ever thankfull

I ham your humble servant


Pray end me a ancir by return of post and the terms I ham going upon

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