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.

CONWAY, Dennis

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 51

July 23rd 1819

The Memorial of Dennis CONWAY, farmer of Cahircalla near Ennis in the County of Clare, Ireland

Humbly sheweth

That Memorialist is informed that Government is giving an grant of an Hundred Acres of Land to All men of Good Character who are willing to Emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope with their familys and that they will furnish all such Persons with the mode of conveyance and will find them in Provisions during the Voige and when Landed will put them in Full Possession of said Plantation and give them Some Agricultural Implements and seed for the first year, said Land to be made good to him and his Heirs for Ever without any Rent whatsoever.

Memorialist being very willing to Imbrace his Majesty's most Gracious Bounty in this Case, Hoping and Imploring that your Lordship will Vouchsafe to order your Secretary to answer the enquiry of this Memorial forthwith, Stating the Particulars Respecting the same which will be the means of freeing some hundreds of the Community from their hard Lot if Here Rightly informed who are aking in this country and Bending under the oppression of Rack Rents, oppressive Thythes and Heavy Taxes and Incessantly Labouring is a Misery.

Your memorialist will unceasingly Pray


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