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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.


Filed under N

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 820



24th July 1819

My Lord,

In consequence of having seen in the public prints that His Majesty's Government are about to establish a new colony at the Cape of Good Hope, I wrote to My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to know if their Lordships would grant me leave to proceed to the Cape as a settler and allow me to retain my half pay as a Purser in the Royal Navy, in return to which their Lordships have been pleased to acquiesce.

I have therefore humbly to request your Lordship will be pleased to cause me to be furnished with such information & directions on the subject of the new colony at the Cape of Good Hope as your Lordship may deem necessary, providing your Lordship considers me eligible. It may not be improper to observe to your Lordship that (with the exception of the several years I was at sea) I have been brought up in the agricultural branch.

I have the honor to be my Lord with the highest respect

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant


Purser, Royal Navy




National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 881

Bexley near Dartford

1st Sept 1819


I have received your communication of the 28th July containing the conditions under which it is proposed to give encouragement to emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, and I have now to request you will be pleased to acquaint me when it will be necessary to transmit to the Secretary of State's office a list of the names of those individuals wishing to accompany me (as a settler) to that colony, and you will much oblige Sir

Your obedient humble servant


Purser, Royal Navy

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