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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.

POWELL, James, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 88

No.1 Castle Green


August 5th 1819


Understanding that there is a number of persons who will be permitted to go to the Cape of Good Hope i have taken the liberty to solicit permition to go if it should meet your approbation – i am by trade a smith and have a knowledge of iron work in general - i have tools and some money suficient for a small establishment. My age is 32 years wifes age 32 years one child 8 years one do. 5 years & do. 3 years & do. 1 year all in perfect health. Carracter will bear the strictest investigation in morals or workmanship. Can attend in london if required. An answer from you Sir will be considered a great favour by your humble servant


PS I am acquainted with every thing in iron or brass used in Printing

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