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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.

STAPLES, John Senior, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/53, 372

172 Bermondsey Street

Nov 23 1820


The undersigned begs leave to request you will have the goodness to favor him with the conditions on which Government directs grants to be issued for land at the Cape. I beg to add Sir I have a son near Bathurst Town with COX's Party and feel a natural anxiety to be as near him as might be conveniently consistent with the intended arrangements of Government.

I beg to subscribe myself Sir

Yr ob't humble servant


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