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.


National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 241



July 26

My Lord,

Having lately perused an article inserted in one of the public prints containing a proposal made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for a grant of 50..000 £ for the purpose of affording persons an opportunity of going to the Cape of Good Hope, I being therefore a poor man with a large family of a wife and five children all under nineteen years of age and being very much reduced for want of employment should be very thankful to embrace the offer which is now presented, and should be very much obliged to your Lordship if you would have the goodness to send me the necessary information relative to the sum of money required to be advanced by each settler at time of embarking and also the time and place of embarking, your humble petitioner is a Mechanic and understands the Husbandry business.

I shall now wait your Lordship's pleasure for an answer and remain your Lordship's most obliging & obedient servt.


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