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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, 755

Byford near Hereford

July 24th 1819


Having read in the dayly papers a copy of an official letter from the office of the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department on the emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, I have to request you will be pleased to inform me by the return of post or at your earliest convenience if the Act of Parliament extends to Naval Officers? I am a Lieutenant in the Navy on the Half Pay and having a family which I find it difficult to provide for I have no objection to go to the Cape or any other place for that purpose.

I have the honour to be Sir

Your most obed't serv't


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