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.

PHILLIPS, Benjamin

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 54

Star Corner

Near Bermondsey Church

July 27 1819

Honourable Sir,

Wishing to take advantage of the generous offer of His Majesty's Government by emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope, should be obliged by your information as to what I may expect of land and other particulars.

I shall take a wife out with me but no family and also another person who has a wife and three children and whose name is Robert HALL. We are both by trade carpenters but understand farming.

I remain Hon Sir

Your much obliged humble servant





National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 71

Star Corner

Near Bermondsey Church

July 30 1819

Honourable Sir,

Hoping you will excuse the liberty I have taken in addressing you again upon the subject of emigration to the Cape of Good Hope but as I have expectations of raising by the sale of my property about 2 or 3 hundred pounds should wish to know if myself and the man I take with me should be able to pay our own expences over to the Cape whether his Majesty's government would grant me 200 acres land upon arriving there. Hoping for your answer

I remain honourable Sir

Your obedient servant


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