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

ERITH, Jane (wife of James Thomas ERITH), 1833

National Archives, Kew CO48/152, 269


Rutland House
Blackheath Hill

Jan 20th 1833

My Lord,
          Pardon me the liberty I take in offering my grateful acknowledgements for the communication I have received from your Lordship conveyed to me through Mr. BRISCOE, by which I am assured that the award and recommendation of that Gentleman and Col. COLBROOKE will be carried into effect.
I have already received one moiety of the sum awarded, viz £250, and I am obliged by your Lordship's instructions for my Husband to receive the remaining moiety on my return to the Cape.
For this decision of your Lordship I feel that I am greatly indebted, and while I trust I shall be given for referring to the grievous injuries and losses which my Husband has sustained in the Colony, permit me to request the favour that I may be furnished with a letter of recommendation from your Lordship to the Governor Sir Lowry COLE that my Husband may be allowed to continue for a term rent free in the house which he lately occupied belonging to the Government, or receive an equivalent consideration.
   Thus, if Divine Providence should spare me to arrive in Africa I trust that through Lordship's interposition we may be enabled to forget our wrongs, to retrieve our losses, and again to possess comforts in the bosom of our family.
I have the honor to be My Lord
Your humble and grateful servant

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