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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, 255

No.24 High Street


22nd July 1819


I have most respectfully to solicit from you the conditions to be entered into and complied with by those as myself wishing to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope.

My family consist of myself aged 35 years my wife 32 years 2 girls 8 & 10 years a boy 3 years and an infant girl nine months old, accompanied by my wifes brother aged 28 years. I my wife and the two eldest children have been residents at Rio de Janeiro. I would respectfully enquire on what terms the whole of us can be accepted upon, as well as those should my brother in law alone proceed.

Respectfully and with esteem

Your humble serv't


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