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.

CRAIG, William

Essington Wood


Monday 28 Sept 1819

My Lord,

I have taken the liberty of addressing you with a few lines having seen in the Birmingham Chronicle an advertisement for men to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope. I have a inclination to go wishing to no the agreement that government will make. I have a wife & six children, my age is thirty five, my wife thirty three, my eldest child sixteen years of age my second 12 my third 10 fourth 8 fifth 5 sixth 2. I am in the Blacksmith and Farming Business if you please to drop a line

My Lord I am yr obt sevt


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