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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, 540

Near Uxbridge


July 17, 1819


I have not the honor of knowing you, but in your department I perceive from public prints you'r about increasing our Cape Colony, and I beg leave Sir to submit or rather trouble you with some of my former suggestions on this to our Ministry and which you'l at your leasure peruse as some of - any, then - remarks may meet my Lord BATHURST's and your good opinion - to further a public good now wanted, and from my particular experience I was willing to assist in - to avoid the present pressure now, I foretold, and which you'll say if you saw all I had both bothered Ministry & self a deal about. If my services are further wanted I will give you any conversations or any assistance in my power for the furtherance of the Cape - my favourite plan - for a general good.

These I will call for at your office, or for the pleasure of your inquiries.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your most obedient servant



The Prince Regent, and various know my desire on the reduction, to people the Cape, and use our old camp acquipage, war stores, &c &c, and ere this I would have governed some hundreds of thousands, some destitute, &c &c.

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