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 CO48/45, 208

73 London Wall

[received Sept 9, 1819]

My Lord,

Being about to engage persons to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope I respectfully solicit your Lordships Answer to the following questions to enable me to make my arrangements with greater Certainty.

First - what tonnage will persons taking out Ten Settlers be allowed

Second - will means of Conveyance from the place where the Settler may be landed to to [sic] the Spot where he will be located be provided at the expence of Government or must the Settler provide these at his own costs

And last - will the Settler have the advantage of the exchange between this country and the Colony upon the sums (£10 - for each family) deposited in the hands of Government here - or will it be a mere payment to him by the authorities in the Colony of a sum of ten pounds (Cape Currency) for every family settling under his direction.

Begging your Lordships early attention

I am, My Lord

(very respectfully)

Your obedient humble servant


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