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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.

JONES, J (1)

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 38

New Halls



27 July 1819

My Lord,

I have taken this liberty of addressing you as I consider you the most likelyest of standing my friend at this time. I'm a person that was brought up to good expections in life but unforeseen misfortune as flusterated it. I served a legal apprenticeship as a Builder and I believe am compleatly master of it in all its branches and since my time expired with my Master I have been practicing myself as a Draftsman and am got to great perfection. having no hopes of ever doing myself any good in England as I am entirely destitute of money, thinking an opportunity would occur of going abroad which at length as happened and lies in your power of putting it in mine of going to the Cape of Good Hope and by you giving me a pass to carry me over together with a recommendation to some person of distingtion. With my own perseverance I have not the least doubt of soon being able to do something handsome for myself. I am 27 years of age of good bodely health and sound constitution. I hope your Lordship will condescend to give me an answer and I shall ever be bound in the Bonds of Gratatude

Your obedient servant


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