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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Settler Returns

These are the final settler returns for each party, transcribed from CO48/47 at the National Archives, Kew, London. They formed the basis of "The Settler Handbook" by M.D. Nash, although there are some differences, as she used returns held at the Cape as well. Earlier versions of the returns can often be found amongst the 1819 settler correspondence. With the exception of capital letters for surnames, the tables are true transcriptions of the file in the National Archives, although occasionally comments have been added below in square brackets. The returns held in the Cape Archives can be found in CO6138 Volumes 1 and 2. 

There are no returns in CO47/48 for Charles CAMPBELL, Richard DANIELL, Christopher THORNHILL or William WAIT, all of whom sailed later (see post 1820 correspondence), or for the ill-fated RUSSELL's Party who sailed on the Abeona. There is also no return for WILKINSON's Party, who sailed in the privately chartered Amphitrite, but the names are listed in the returns for NIGHTINGALE's Party transcribed from CO6138/2/104 at the Cape Archives. The return for STANLEY's Party can be found in his correspondence dated 4th January 1820, although an earlier return from the Cape Archives (CO6138) is transcribed here.

ERITH's Party

[A more up to date list appears in ERITH's 1820 correspondence


RETURN of SETTLERS proceeding to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE under the Direction of James Thomas ERITH of 2 Bardon Place, Peckham

Total Number of the Men 10
Total Number of the Women 3
Total Number of Persons above Fourteen Years of Age 0
Total Number of Children under Fourteen Years of Age 8
Total Number of the Whole Party 21
Total Amount of Deposit Money for the Whole Party £105


Names of the Men
Profession or Trade Names of the Women
Names of the
Male Children
Names of the
Female Children
Deposit Money
payable by the
respective settlers
James Thos. ERITH 30 Baker Jane 30     Jane Moody 3  
              Eleanor Moody 1 10 
Rob't ROBERSON 27  Farmer  Martha 26  Robert Louisa  
          Philip 5 months     15 
James ROBERSON 31   Do. Charlotte 26  Ephraim 6      
          Stanly 5 months     10
Michael ORAM 35               10
William CLOVER 32               10
James ALLEN 37               10
Robert KEMSLEY 33               10
John PANKHURST 21               10
Rich'd READER 24               10
James STRUTT 21               10

ERITH's orig. accept. lists substituted 3rd Feb 1820

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