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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.

PURVIS, Francis

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 341

[address cut off in image]

25th October 1819


I have the honour to address you to request your having the goodness to lay this before Lord BATHURST that he may be graciously pleased to give me a grant of land at the Cape of Good Hope in lieu of the one I was promised at New South Wales in 1815 and for which I was recommended by Mr. ARBUTHNOT. I beg leave to state that I can procure a passage in a vessel now loading for the cape of Good Hope and request you will have the goodness to inform me what means will I be required to produce for the cultivation of the said grant before that it will be given me. Should it be necessary I beg leave to refer you (as to my character) to Major General Sir Henry TORRENS, Military Secretary to His Royal Highness the Commander in Chief and to the Secretaries of the Admiralty and Transport Boards.

I trust you will excuse the liberty I take in thus addressing you and have the honour to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

Francis PURVIS

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