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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.

NEWMAN, William (1)

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 840

16 St.James's Street

26th August 1819


An English Gentleman who has been established as a merchant in Italy above twenty years and has realized a small fortune of five or six thousand pounds is desirous of being permitted to emigrate to the new colonies at the Cape of Good Hope without coming to England, and has requested me to ascertain if he may be allowed to become a settler there if he goes from a port in Italy and pays his own expences. He wishes to know what grant of land will be made him & what facilities allowed him; and whatever terms it may be necessary for him to subscribe to, whether he can be allowed to enter into such contract thro the means of his agent in London. He is willing to make any deposit & conform to any other terms that may be required of him. He is 48 years of age and his family consists of his wife who is younger than himself, two sons above the age of 18 a third son 17 a daughter 15 another 14 and four other children under that age, in all eleven persons, and he would take with him as many domestics as would be requisite to entitle him to go, but does not wish to take more than two.

He would require some months to wind up his concerns in Italy and is therefore anxious to know the determination of the Government with regard to him. The favour of an answer is requested.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obed't servant


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