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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.


National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 638

Poplar Row New Kent road


Sept 22 1819

My Lord

I take the liberty of addressing your Lordship respecting the Colony about to settle at the Cape of Good Hope. I was in that country nearly four years while Mr. BARROW the present Under Secretary of the Admiralty was there and to whom I have the honor of being known. I held a commission in the cavalry which I sold and purchased some small property at Cape Town, since which I have turned my attention to agriculture having held a farm in the County of Surrey. I am in a good state of health and forty five years of age. I flatter myself that I could make up the number of ten agreeable to the rules prescribed. Provided I could get some certain appointment upon my arrival at the Cape, if your Lordship can assist me in any manner be kind enough to reply to this.

I shall feel greatly obliged I am

Your Obt serv't





National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 757

Polar Row, New Kent Road

Oct 21 1819


I take the liberty of addressing you on the subject of the Cape of Good Hope. I am desirous of complying with the Forms of Government in procuring one hundred farmers and others for this settlement. I have had experience in agriculture and am well acquainted with husbandry in all its branches. I have some little property of my own at Cape Town where I was some years ago a Lieutenant in the army and then purchased some land there. Mr BARROW of the Admiralty my friend has requested me to mention his name to you and to beg of you to render me what assistance & advice that is within your power. An early reply will much oblige.

Your most obedient servant


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