GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

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 CO48/42, 320

Hanover Street, Cork

21st Sept 1819

My Lord,

Being a young man possessed of a small capital & having assurance of considerable property in some time, I should feel great pleasure in going to the Cape of Good Hope as a settler. I would be most thankful if your Lordship would inform me thro your Secretary of the means to be used.

Being second son to a clergyman of this city, now deceased, I was reared for the army; recommended to His Royal Highness the Duke of York by Lieut.Gen'l Lord FORBES I received a promise of a Commission but peace being established shortly after blasted my prospects as to obtaining a commission in His Majesty's Army, which is the very height of my ambition.

If your Lordship would grant me any situation at the Cape I could receive recommendations from the first families in the County & City of Cork & should be found a truly faithful servant.

I beg pardon for troubling your Lordship but with every respect I remain

Your Lordship's humble & most obedient servant


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