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 CO48/44, 196

9 Union Street

Walcot Place



August 13 1819

My Lord,

Having been informed that Government has adopted a plan for the assistance of British subjects emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope, I beg leave to ask of your Lordship a copy of their proposal. I am a gardener by profession & have a wife & five children dependent on my exertion. But giving the preference to a colony where I shall be surrounded by my countrymen & protected by the laws of the Mother Country; under these circumstances I have made this application, an answer to which will confer the greatest of obligations on

Your Lordship's very humble servant


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