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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, 539

High Street



15th October 1819


By the request of several persons in this town have written to you on the subject of emigration to the Cape.

What privilege to emigrants when arrived

Whether mechanics may emigrate

What age addmitted of persons who emigrate

Whether emigrants go free of all expence

Whether emigrants are permitted to return from the Cape to England if they are so disposed

An answer to these enquiries and any other information relative thereunto will much oblige

Your humble servant


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