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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, 271


July 27th 1819

Hon'd Sir,

Please to pardon the liberty I hearin take in writing to you; my seeing an advertisement in the paper of Government wishing to give encouragement to emigration to the Cape of Good Hope it is my particular desire to go. I have no Famoley and understand a good deal of husbandry business and also serv'd a regular apprenticeship to the Boot and Shoe Maker line ondly not understanding your proposals will esteem it a particular favour if you will be pleasd to favour me with a few lines specefien Governments condishons. I am in perfect good helth and able and willing to work at aney thing. I am 36 years old and 5 feet 6 inches high. The above favour will be acknowledged by Sir

Your lost obed't and most humble servant at command


Please to direct for Thos. WELLDON at Wm. WELLDON's


near St.Ives Huntingdonshire

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