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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.

HOBBS, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 570

4 Bethelem Green Mount St

Woodward Buildings


July 25, 1819

The humble petition of Thomas HOBBS

Humbly Sheweth

Petitioner has served H. M. in the royal Navy, on and of 20 years, and is discharged in consequence of reduction.

Petitioner is a stout healthy man and cannot get a ship or yet any employment -is both pennyless and urged to the greatest necessity for the support of nature most humbly implores to obtain a passage to the Cape of Good Hope, and to settle in that station according to his Majesties - and the stationed Governors rules and regulations of the aforesaid place.

Petitioner most humbly implores answer to the underneath address and in duty bound pet'r shall pray

Thomas HOBBS

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