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, 35

St.Mary's Hall, Southwark

July 23rd 1819


Not clearly comprehending the official circular dated from Downing Street on the 17th inst and referring to the Cape of Good Hope you will oblige me by answering the following questions at your earliest convenience, and thro' which I shall be able to reply to some of my correspondents, who are making similar enquiries:

1st Does an individual paying the 10£ without wife or family have 100 acres of land allotted to him on his arrival at the Cape? And is there any difference in the grant whether he goes by himself or accompanyed by a wife & 2 children

2 Does the person procuring 10 families receive 1000 acres of land in addition to the 100 acres given to the head of each family he takes out or does the 1000 acres include the whole of the grant in such case.

Waiting of reply I am respectfully, Sir

Your obed't serv't





National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 110


August 10th 1819

The humble petition of John PETTITT wishes to engage himself according to your Lordships proposhals with a wife and two children under eighteen by trade a sawyer living at N0.13 Baker's Row Mile End New Town and can make himself other ways useful, answer from your Lordship will be esteemed an obligation by your humble petitioner


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