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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.

HOCKLEY, Daniel, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 607

No. 9 Brook Street


July 28th 1819


In consequence of the announcement of the intentions of his Majestys government to assist those disposed to emigrate to the Cape of good Hope. After most mature consideration I am induced to trouble you with this to request I may be admitted of the number. I am a married man aged 32 year my wife 29, 3 children & can make the deposit required. But I hope you will pardon my soliciting an answer to 2 or 3 question which the anxious solicitude of a husband & father dictates.

Whether there will be an indiscriminate mixture of all persons applying. (As I humbly consider some of the most abandoned & prof[l]igate characters may apply to avail themselves of the gracious offer of government). Whether if the emigrant repays the expence of the voyage that will entitle him to any advantages, if so what those expences will be. You Sir may perhaps think those who are disposed to accept of the Boon should not trouble with questions and the only apology I can make for putting them is having hitherto moved in respectablecircumstances but reduced under Providence by misfortunes & losses. It may be necessary to add I am by trade a Goldsmith but have a very general knowledge of mechanics & some little of agriculture. Soliciting as early an answer as the nature of the case will admit.

I beg to subscribe myself

Your most ob't humble ser't


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