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

pre 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.

GILFILLAN, William (Independent Settler)

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 490

Regent Street


4th Nov'r 1819


Having served for many years in the Frontier of the Cape of Good Hope as an officer in the Army, since which I have been placed on half pay and being desirous of returning to the Cape to settle in the interior for which my funds are altogether inadequate I beg you may be graciously pleased to grant me a passage with the settlers now on the point of going.

I have the honor to be

Sir your most ob't humb'l s't


H.P. Lieutenant 60th Regt.


[Transcriber's Note: Came out as an independent settler in March 1820 on the "Importer". His brother Adam GILFILLAN sailed with THORNHILL's Party]

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