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

Selected Settler Correspondence 1820 - 1837

Whereas ALL the 1819 correspondence was transcribed (see CO48/41 through CO48/46 at the National Archives), whether or not the writers emigrated to the Cape, here only letters by known settlers or their families, or letters of great relevance to the 1820 settlers, have been transcribed. There are many other letters in later files, thought not to be written by eventual settlers. However, if an ancestor is known to have emigrated after the 1820 settlers then it might be worth looking through the rest of the correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically. The relevant files for letters written in 1820 are CO48/52 (A-L) and CO48/53 (M-Y). Later files are labelled "Original Correspondence" followed by the year, and can be found from CO48/56 (1821) to CO48/186 (1837).

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.

CURRIE, Walter, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 128

8 Stockwell St, Greenwich

3rd Jany 1820


Being about to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope as a settler in Mr. WILLSON's party and have engaged Mary PIERCE as a servant.

Mr. WILLSON informs me by letter of the 30th ult that in consequence of Surgeon COCK's report of that girl being diseased he had been under the necessity of ordering her to quit the ship; and in time that if I had any other person to propose as a servant I should make the requisite application to you.

I have therefore to request you will be pleased you will allow me to take Ann PEPPERELL aged 23 years in lieu of the said Mary PEIRCE.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most ob't servant


Purser RN

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