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

pre 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.

COLPEY, J.W. re John INGRAM, 1820 Settler

National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 276

2 Cleveland Court

St.James Place

Sep 3rd 1819

Dear Sir,

Tho' I understand you are expected shortly at the office yet as I have a particular engagement far into the City and which may prevent my calling this way again today, I hope you will forgive my trespassing on your time by requesting your perusal of the accompanying letter from Mr. INGRAM, who is recommended to me by some most respectable people in Ireland and I really believe what he says of himself to be untrue. You can at your leisure give me a line to say when or whether his queries can be answered. I shall esteem it as a great favour as I wish to shew him and his friends in Ireland that I have interested myself about him.

I hope you will forgive the intrusion

I am dear Sir your faithful humble servant


[attached to letter from John INGRAM – filed under C] see also INGRAM correspondence at CO48/44

Thursday, 2nd September, 1819

Dear Sir John,

In reference to the conversation between us this morning I beg leave to bring the matter more minutely under your consideration.

On Monday last I presented my Memorial with every other document required at the Colonial Office and have received for answer to my Proposal that it had been received and that due notice will be given me upon it. My object would be to know as early as possible if I will be allowed to go out as I have a vast deal to arrange in my affairs and the time between this and the intended sailing of the ship is very short, and in case I am selected whether Lord BATHURST will be so kind as to order a Vessel to Cork to take me and my People on board, and in case he does, I should wish you to request of his Lordship to give me any appointment which may happen in the case of the Settlers that some appointments will take Place I have been informed. I can say without fear of contradiction that the Government never selected any Person more [attached?] to the present administration than [myself?] and for a reference of Character I can with confidence refer them to Lord Bishop of Ferns, Sir Benjamin BLOOMFIELD, Sir Nicholas COLEHURST Bart & Honourable Richard HARE, as well as your good self, and several other highly respectable persons.

I make no doubt that you will use your best endeavours to forward my Interest and believe me, Dear Dear Sir John,

With much respect

Your Obedient and Humble Servant


Admiral Sir John COLPEY

8 Civil Street, Strand

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