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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, 373



August 30th 1819

May it please your Lordship

The humble pettision of Jonathan LEATHERBARROW humbly sheweth that your Petioner have served in his Majesty's 25 Light Dragoons East Indies and that your Petioner has bean in the Sea Service and has sailed to various parts of his Majesty's Domainions and that your Petioner wishes to emigrate to the Cape of good hope, that your Petioner was born in Manchester in the County of Lancaster by trade a Weaver, that your Petioner left Manchester to seek employment 12 months since and is laboring for scarcely bread in Dudley that your Petioner has got a wife and 2 children under 6 years and suld this meet with your Lordship's Apobrobation your Petioner will for ever be in duty bound to pray

I am your Lordship's most obedient and humble servant


NB Direct New Street, Dudley, Worcestershire

PS to rite by return of post


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