GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

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.

BISS, William

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 693

20 Cork Street

Burlington Gardens


17th Nov 1819


Having very much to my inconvenience been disappointed from joining those settlers which are at present on the point of proceeding to the Cape Colony, I beg leave to inform you that I have with much care selected some respectable friends (ten in number) who are desirous of proceeding to the Cape as settlers.

May I request to be informed if I may rely on the regular grant of land for the above number of persons, agreeable to the regulations of Government & also when the next fleet will take its departure for the Colony.

I have the honour to remain your obd humble sevt


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