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.

DYKE, Thomas

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 623

No.6 Trafalgar Street


28th July 1819


I understand there is a certain quantity of land to be given at the Cape of Good Hope to anyone that will undertake to cultivate it. As I am at present out of employ I should wish to engage with the undertaking. Sir I understand there is a card given which specifies the whole of the particulars which I and the following persons would wish to see!

Sir I remain your humble servant

Thos. DYKE aged 22


Fred'k EXALL 21

Thos. WILLETT 22


Josh HOOK 22




National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 735

No.6 Trafalgar Street


30th Aug 1819


Having received the circular would wish to know whether there is any habitation after we get over and should be glad to know when and where we are to pay the paid ten pounds and to give us all the information you can in order that we may prepare ourselves?

Sir I am your obedt hbl sevt

Thos. DYKE

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