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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 CO48/44, 226

High Street



19th Oct 1819

May it please your Lordship

My writing to you is upon the subject of enquiring (that is) my reading in the newspapers some time ago that there was an opening for emigration to the Cape of Good Hope and understanding still that the opening still continues I refer to your Lordships consideration, as I ham a Pensioner, whether I may be allowed to emigrate or not and if I ham whether I should be allowed to sell my pension to Government for life or whether I may have so much pension advanced to me or not, I ham a Pensioner from the 43rd Regt of foot at 6d per day aged 35 years in bodyly health and strength. Can do husbandry but have been out of work a long time, and I have a wife and one child therefore if your Lordship will condscend to answer this my humble applycation and to send me the grounds of emigration it will oblige

Your Lordships most obed't humble serv't


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