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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.

HERMAN, J.H. re William WILSON

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 829

3 Oct 1819

To the Secretary of State for the Home Department

I have to you to acquaint that in consequence of having obtained a circular from your office of the proposed conditions to encourage the emigration to the Cape a man of this place called William WILSON has a great wish to avail himself of the offer which Government has so liberally made. He has a wife and two children under 14. He has no wish to have a grant of lands or to be driven into the interior, as his views are as follows. A brother in law of his is at Cape Town, he lives there very respectable in the mercantile line, and has promised WILSON that he will provide for him if he can furnish himself with money for his passage. This not being in his power owing to the pressure of the times he has applied to me as a friend to promote his views, and will throw himself on your clemency. It is [his] wish to depart as soon as possibly and if it be in your power under the foregoing circumstances to further him he may tend to the making of himself & family. Any instructions you may please to give will be strictly attended to and be deemed a great favor by, Sir

With our submission

Your ever humble serv't


Direct Woolcombe & Jagos


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