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, 375

Doctors Commons

Sept 30 1819


Making use of the name of Dr. ADAMS as an Introduction I beg leave to request some precise information with regard to the intended Colony in the Cape District. Will an able bodied person, of or above the age of 18 years, going out under the protection of the Head of a Party of adventurers, be allowed to become a proprietor of a hundred acres, if he should offer from his own resources the desired deposit; or will he be merely one of the satellites of a superior planet? For that point does not clearly appear from the circular notice. Will he be only a tenant, at will, of the house that he may erect? It would also be a gratification to me to learn from you whether the old Colony will, as far as may be practicable, meet the immediate exigencies of the strangers who may otherwise be exposed, even if they should not be destitute of money, to serious Privations and Dangers? Apologising for my Freedom I remain Sir

Your most obedient servant





National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 489

Doctors Commons

Nov 4 1819

Dr. COOTE presents his most respectful compliments to Mr. GOULBURN and will be greatly obliged to him if he will state whether those Persons who are now employed in collecting Parties for the new Colony in Southern Africa are authorised (as they say they are) to distribute land of 10 acres or moreto any able bodied male of the Party after a Voyage undertaken at private expense. Mr. GLASSFORD hopes to take out two hundred persons in one ship, but the Doubt is whether they will enjoy all the advantages promised by the Government, except the preliminary Benefits of a gratuitous conveyance and of support during the voyage.




National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 509

College Square

Doctors Commons

Nov 17 1819

My Lord,

Making use of my Oxonian friend the Bishop of Norwich I merely beg leave to ask a single question relative to the new Colony in Southern Africa. Notwithstanding the declared Completion of the number of Persons included within the Effect and Benefit of the Parliamentary Grant, some respectable individuals are employed in collecting Parties for the same Voyages. These adventurers (it is obvious) are to go at their own Expense, but as I am interested in this affair on behalf of my son, I should be exceedingly obliged to your Lordship if your would inform me whether the Leaders of these Parties are authorised (as they say they are) to divide Land among their associates under the auspices of the Government upon the same terms which are offered to those who will be gratuitously conveyed.

I am my Lord your most obedient servant


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