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.

COLE, Frederick

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 198

London Street


13th August 1819


Having made application at the Colonial Department for information concerning the intended new settlements in Africa, I was then informed that no information could be obtained except by letter addressed to you. I should therefore be extremely thankful if you will have the kindness to inform me as early as convenient whether Government will sanction the emigration of three or four persons between the ages of twenty two and thirty and possessing a small capital from £100 to £150 which they intend appropriating to agricultural purposes. They are persons of reputable connections but owing to the present pressure of the times are under the necessity of taking advantage of the opportunity afforded of emigrating to the British Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. I therefore solicit the favor of an answer if Government on the above conditions will grant a free passage and one hundred acres of land to each of the persons above mentioned.

I remain Sir your most obedient humble servant

Fred'k COLE

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