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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.

NELSON, Thomas (WILLSON's Party), 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 814

No.109 Bunhill Row



20th July 1819


It being my intention with others to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope if approved by Government. I beg Sir to be informed in what manner this can be accomplished, at what time the transports will be ready for this service &c. I may state that my age is 33, have been accustomed to Agricultural Pursuits, and can give Respectable Refferanace as to Character &c. The favor of an answer will oblige, Sir

Your most obed't and very humb serv't


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