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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 CO48/45, 277

No.14 Nibbin Row

Black Friars Road

Oct 6th 1819


I have taken the liberty of writing a few lines to know if you can put me into a way of going out to settle at the Cape and knowing any particular party that intends settling there should you know of any vacancy in any office whatever that myself and wife can get over free of expense having but little excepting what we shall be able to get by our own industry. What little money we can scrape together we should want to purchase such articles with as would be of most service to the new settlers at the colony. If you should not know of any vacancy in any capacity whatever so that I might be able to raise a few pounds, going soon, could you inform by what means I can get a free passage. I should feel a lasting obligation; myself and wife have not yet seen our 24 year, family at present none.

I remain your most humble servant


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