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From: Kathryn Bax <>
Subject: Settler Correspondence - Benjamin Hathaway BANKS
Date: Sat, 13 May 2006 21:05:01 +1000 (EST)
Transcribed from CO48/41 at the National Archives in
No.9 Bridge Street, Westminster
July 23rd. 1819
From, a published circular from Downing Street
respecting the emigration of the Cape of Good Hope, I
beg your permission to ask a few questions. I shall
take the liberty of subjoining in and or that I may be
better acquainted with the nature of Soil and of the
undertaking and objects.
I have been accustomed to agriculture in different
branches and particularly the new cultivated Lands so
that my experience would be of service and I should
like much to go out to the Cape providing there was a
prospect of being situated upon suitable Soil as would
recompense for the trouble and expenses. I can in a
very short period procure from 10 to 100 Men or family
of Superior Strength & hardiness that could exercise
other occupations as well as agriculture such as
wheelwrights, Smiths, Builders, Miners, &.&.&. Shall
be obliged by your reply enclosing one a few
I am Sir,
Your Obdt. & HblSert
Benjamin Hathaway BANKS
1st. One question I have whether any further
assistance will be rendered by Government such as a
Granary or any other necessary place for our produce
or any advances of Money for the erection of them.
2 Whether we are intended to be Settlers near the
Coast for the convenince of Shiping and were about
there intend to be stationed.
3 If its necessary to take out implements of
Husbandry or whether they can be procured there, or
what it many be necessary to take out.
4 In which way you anticipate these families are to
be engaged with so as to encourage them for (?) ( Ink
blot here ) Industry and tranquility.
5 If you allow us to grow what produce we think the
Soil best adapted for, or whether any article
interfacing(?)(Fold in the paper)with West India
Colonies will be prohibited.
6 If we are allowed to send such produce to the best
distributor that is a foreign instead of English
Market if it should be thought adviseable.
7th The nature of the Soil whether it is light Sandy
Rocky free from Roots, or stiff Marly Clay & - because
the implements of Husbandry must be made accordingly
8th Whether you allow a person to take out a quantity
of necessities for the use of these families.
9th Whether a Wife and two Children belonging to a
person who takes over 10 families wants be taken over
12 Months after her Husband upon the same times as tho
she had accompanied him upon giving the usual
10th When the final Shipment is likely to made as I
wish much to go by it
11th If Government will lend Tents until such time as
we can build Houses if they have any at the Cape.
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