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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.

LEE, William (4)

July 30, 1819


I hope you will excuse my Freedom in writing to you but is to solicit your goodness to inform me of Intelligence concerning the Cape of Good Hope as i am a Labouring Man and out of employ and i am willing to work for my wife and two children has there is no employ in London at this time and I here that there is numbers going there for Employment. I am very willing to go providing it meats your Approbation I will do the best of any Endeavour to make myself usefull in what ever capacity I am put under as I am a young man thirty years of age and my wife thirty one and my daughters one is three years old and the other seven months please to send me a line and direct for me

No. 35 Vine Street Lambeth near Waterloo Bridge.

I conclude from your humble servant

William LEE

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