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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.


National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 411

Liverpool 3rd Jan'y 1820


We have to acknowledge the receipt of your esteemed favor of 1st Inst & have to observe that we forwarded Lord Charles SOMERSET's Letter on the 30th Ulto which we trust you have received ere this.

The party under our direction are put to great inconvenience for want of Bedding, and having been detained longer than they at first calculated on are not able to provide themselves & families with a sufficiency to keep them from the inclemency of the season. We humbly beg leave to petition the Navy Board through your interest, trust they will supply them with the above articles as a regular Transport or troop ship.

We are

Your very obedient humble [servants]


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