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, 1824

National Archives, Kew, CO48/67, 33


Cape of Good Hope

10th August 1824

My Lord,

I have the honor to enclose for your Lordship's perusal a memorial I have this day addressed to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, praying that I may be allowed to receive my half pay through the Commissariat Department in this Colony.

The present mode of getting my half pay subjects me to a loss of 18 to 20 p.ct. Your Lordship is well aware of the difficulties the settlers here have had to contend with. You will also see how ill I am able to afford such a heavy deduction from an income of only one guinea a week with a wife and three children to maintain: and as the evil may be remedied without one farthing expence to Government I therefore entreat your Lordship will be pleased to recommend the measure to the Admiralty.

I have the honor to be my Lord

Your Lordship's most obed't serv't


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