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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.

JARMAN, Thomas, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 114

43 Half Moon Street


24th Sept 1819

My Lord,

Tis not without some feelings of diffidence that I address your Lordship upon the subject of emigration but that having heard it is the desire of Government to forward people to that colony (the Cape of Good Hope) who are capable of affording assistance to the cultivating of land and improving the general produce of that country, I take the liberty of offering myself to the notice of your Lordship. I have a perfect knowledge of the making up of wines having been in the trade several years and feel fully persuaded that article is to be with skilful management greatly improved. With your sanction my Lord I will select ten with myself for your enquiry and inspection (the number I believe your Lordship treats with) several of whom are now ready to engage.

Waiting your reply my Lord, I remain

Your Lordship's most obd't devoted st



Plymouth Trader


11 Dec 1819

My Lord,

Our Party having arrived at Portsmouth, take the liberty of soliciting your Lordship to allow us to go on board the hulk belonging to the Weymouth until such time the Weymouth is ready to receive us. We can assure your Lordship that our expenses are and have been very heavy and as there are other parties of settlers on board the hulk we hope the same indulgence will be shown to us by your Lordship. We have according to instructions waited upon Lieutenant CHEESEMAN, Agent for Transports, who advised us to address your Lordship for an order to that effect. Hoping your Lordship will take it into consideration, we remain

Your Lordship's most obd't humble st

For the Hardwick Society



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