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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, 350


Near Maidstone

13 Aug 1819

My Lord,

Understanding that it is the intention of Government to establish a colony in the southern part of Africa I take the liberty of addressing your Lordship on the subject. Being in no way of business and my father having a large family to provide for I see no hope of ever being settled in any thing here, therefore if you Lordship would be pleased to appoint me as one to try my fortune at the Cape I should be very happy to go. I have likewise a brother who would like to accompany me

I am my Lord

Your Lordship's obed't humble serv't


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