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.

BOSLEY, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 318


August 3rd 1819


Having a wife and 3 children and so small a proportion of employ as is totally inadequate to our subsistence, Humbly beg leave to offer myself to your favour and consideration as one who together with my family earnestly solicit to embark as and become settlers abroad in that part under the superintendence of your Department and having served an apprenticeship in South America as a planter am not unacquainted with the methods and nature of a foreign climate – anticipating and hoping the success of this my application

Am with due submission and respect Gentlemen

Your very obedient humble servant


No.27 Noel Court

Noel Street

Near the Bricklayers Arms, Kent Road

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