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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.

WESTON, Charles re George APSEY, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 252

Southwark Bridge

23rd July 1819

That the Bearer George APSEY has been employed as a millwright on the Southwark Bridge for upwards of two years, during which time he has behaved himself honestly & has been steady and industrious & is now discharged in consequence of the works being finished.

I remain your ob humble serv't


The above George APSEY in consequence of not being able to find employment here is very desirous of going out to the Cape of Good Hope as a settler to follow his occupation as a millwright or anything else that may occur to him. He has a wife who also wants to go along with him, has no children.

(signed) George APSEY

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