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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.

PARKIN, John, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 191

[Transcriber's note: In this letter PARKIN has used the word “likewise” before the names of potential settlers, with little or no punctuation. To make it easier to read, I have taken the liberty of re-formatting the information below the original. Subsequent letters concerning PARKIN's Party were written by Robert NEWCOMBE (in CO48/44)]

Lower North St


Sept 3rd 1819

My Lord

I beg permission to make a reply to your kind letter dated the 19th of August last and I have to inform your Lordship that the following persons with myself are willing and ready to emigrate under your Lordship's directions and regulations to the Cape of good Hope as before specified. My own profession or calling is a carpenter and farmer age 32 – wifes age 30. I have also 5 children – the eldest 9 years, the fourth 7 years, the third 4 years, the second 2 years & the younger one year – likewise Richard FORD, carpenter and farmer age 42, wife 39 with 2 children one ten year old & the other 4 years old – likewise Daniel DINGLE farmer age 22, single man likewise Samuel ADDICOTT farmer age 15 – likewise Richard CROSS carpenter & farmer age 23, wife 27, one child one year – likewise William LANGWORTH smith and farmer age 22, single man – likewise John SPRAGUE carpenter and farmer age 27, wife 27 – likewise William GENDLE Carpenter age 22, single man – likewise Robert FOURACRES Cooper and farmer, age 32, wife 27 – likewise Richard LUCAS farmer age 16 – likewise William CLOGG farmer age 29, wife 27, one child two years – likewise Phillip ROBERTS Carpenter age 23, wife 27, one child one year old – likewise Henry BROOM farmer age 18 years Samuel CURTIS farmer age 17.

Should the before mentioned names and occupations meet your Lordship's approbation stating what we might be allowed to take out with us such as deferent sorts of cattle and implements in [obscured] and the particulars that will be wanting and the [time] and place we are to take shipping your Lordship's [kind] information of particulars will be thankfully accknowledged and punctualy attended to by your Lordship's

Most obedt humble ser't to command


[Transcriber's revision of families mentioned in the letter]

John PARKIN, carpenter and farmer, age 32, wife 30, five children between 1 and 9 years old

Richard FORD, carpenter and farmer, age 42, wife 39, 2 children one 10 & the other 4 years old

Daniel DINGLE, farmer, age 22, single man

Samuel ADDICOTT, farmer, age 15

Richard CROSS, carpenter & farmer, age 23, wife 27, one child 1 year old

William LANGWORTH, smith and farmer, age 22, single man

John SPRAGUE, carpenter and farmer, age 27, wife 27

William GENDLE, Carpenter, age 22, single man

Robert FOURACRES, Cooper and farmer, age 32, wife 27

Richard LUCAS, farmer, age 16

William CLOGG, farmer, age 29, wife 27, one child 2 years old

Phillip ROBERTS, Carpenter, age 23, wife 27, one child 1 year old

Henry BROOM, farmer, age 18

Samuel CURTIS, farmer, age 17

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