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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Correspondence 1821 to 1837.

Here only letters by known settlers or their families, or letters of great relevance to the 1820 settlers, have been transcribed, whereas ALL the 1819 correspondence was transcribed (see CO48/41 through CO48/46) whether or not the writers emigrated to the Cape.

Unless otherwise stated letters were written to either the Secretary of State for the Colonies or his deputy.The original correspondence is filed in order of receipt. Here it has been placed in alphabetical order according to the surname of the writer, with letters by the same writer in chronological order, for ease of reading. Original spelling has been maintained. Reference numbers, where given, refer to printed page numbers stamped on the letters and will enable visitors to the National Archives to locate the letter more easily.

HOLDER, William, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 407

Kennersley Castle Transport

Pile near Bristol 1 January 1820


I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 30th December 1819 and loose not one moment in complying with the directions therein contained, and I enclose herewith the Letter addressed to Lord Charles SOMERSET.

I am sorry to give you so much trouble but beg to state that the person by the name of SCOTT mentioned in my last had been insirted thro' mistake he having declined going with the party at that time, it ought to have been Wm. COLLIER, by trade a Laborer Aged 20 years which alteration I trust will be complyed with.

I am Sir most Obediently

Your humble Servant





National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 413

Kennersley Castle

Transpt No. 46 Navy Board

near Bristol

6 Jan'y 1820


Your letter of the 3rd Inst, with its enclosures I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of on yesterday. I loose not one moment in filling up the returns required by you and by beg herewith to transmit them. The persons mentioned herein are absolutely on board with me therefore no other alterations except Death can possibly occur.

I am Sir

most humbly

your Obed. Servt


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