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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, 438


12th Nov 1819

My dear Sir,

When I had the pleasure of calling upon you some time since at Pitchworth I intimated to you that I had a person in view who was desirous of availing himself of the present opportunity offered by Government of emigrating to the Cape.

That person is a Mr. PRESTON, who is the bearer of this. Understanding that the lists are not yet full he & his friends have requested me to give him an introduction to you. In doing so I beg to mention to you that a fund of about £400 has been raised to enable him to provide the proper outfit & that if talents will at all recommend him he can have ample testimonials of possessing them in no ordinary degree.

If you can indulge him with a few minutes conversation he will briefly explain to you his views & if his case should prove one in which you can render him any service consistently with your official situation you will confer a personal favour on me by doing so. Trusting you will pardon the liberty I have taken in trespassing on your time & attention

I remain very respectfully, my dear Sir

Your obed't & hbl Serv't


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