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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.

SMITH, William (3)

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 785

No. 21 Ebery Street


Near the York Hospital

[Received 29 July 1819]

My Lord,

Having seen an advertisement that your Lordship wishes to engage with some familys to go as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope, having a wife & one child, by trade a blacksmith of which spent 13 years 7 months as Armeror on Board the Indus 74 & others in His Majesty's Service. Wishes if it meets with your Lordships approbation to go as a settler, our ages is

My age 38

Wifes age 37

Child D 13

If this meets with your Lordships approbation I should be glad of an answer as soon as conveniant having my present business & some property to dispose off.

I am your Lordship's most obedient humble servant


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