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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.

WATSON, George

National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 250

July 22nd 1819

Honored Sir,

Mr. George WATSON is desirous of immegrating to his Magestys Collenies in the Cape of Good hope Haveing a Wife and 3 Children and a Slater by trade and in shuch want of imploy at deferent times it is quite impossible for me and my little Family to Exist on the few of Weeks and Days that i work through the year. I am about 30 years of age and my Wife about the same. I have been in the Colleney before and is well adapted for any kind of labour that would be wanting in the Colleney being continualy obligated to go to work with the farmers in the country when all other work were slack. Honored Sir if a Carracter is required I can get a very good one as a honoust hard working man and i now reside at No.19 Oxford Buildings Oxford St

I am your most obedient humble servant


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