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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, 308

7 North Parade


Aug 5th 1819

My Lord,

It was with much satisfaction I saw the very excellent measure adopted for the future comfort of the overflowing poor of this country, which I can assure your Lordship bears very hard on the middling class. I mean the facility held out of migration to the Cape Colony.

Not having the honor of being personally known to your Lordship I can scarsly note how to apologise for thus introducing myself to your notice but had my Lord PEMBROKE been alive I presume he would have done away with that obstacle, notwithstanding which I have friends in the Lower House who will bear testimony as to my respectability &c.

I am a medical man and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons now practising in Bath in circumstances somewhat independent. My family eight in number, who with myself are desirous of settling in this new land of promise. To avoid prolixity allow me at once to ask – can & will your Lordship give me any respectable appointment either medically or in any other department of this establishment that may present itself. The climate &c in that part of the world is one of my principal inducements in this solicitation, which I trust your Lordship will not go unnoticed. An answer to this will be esteemed a condescension by

Your Lordship's most obedient humble serv't


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