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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 CO48/46, 210

No.2 City Stone Yard

Worship Street


July 16th 1819


I humbly take the liberty of requesting to be informed as to the conditions of emigrating to His Majesty's Colonies at the Cape of Good Hope.

I am by trade a smith. I am 30 years of age, married but no children, has been the last ten years and upwards in the Hon'ble East India Company's Service as a Conductor of Ordnance. Haveing return'd to my native country thinking to gain a living by my labour I find it impossible. I wish therefore to take the present opportunity held out by Government of moveing where I may likely be employ'd to more advantage. I beg to state that from my residence in India and my previous knowledge of agriculture in England (haveing been brought up in the country) I flatter myself that I should be fully competent to undertake what would be expected. Should this meet your approbation and [I] be permitted to go I shall be extremely thankfull

I am Sir

Your most obedient humble servant


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