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.

HALEY, Mary (wife of Michel HALEY), 1832

National Archives, Kew CO48/147, 345


No. 13 Carrier Street
Buckeridge St
3rd August 1832

My Lord,
          I hope your goodness will pardon me for taking the liberty of reminding your Lordship of the letter I had the honor of addressing you about four weeks since, with a letter of Major BIRNY's enclosed which he sent me from the Depot of the 75th Reg't of Bristol, respecting my being sent to the Cape of Good Hope, and I have never received any answer. I shall feel myself much obliged to your Lordship if you will have the goodness to return me Major BIRNY's letter, as it is my intention to go with my two children to the Depot, when he will expect me to produce his letter. Having no Parish Relief nor any means of getting my living in London, but what is given to me by the Charitable and Humane, mine and children's distress is indescribable, for we are almost famished. I am with one submission, my Lord
Your Lordship's most humble servant
Wife of Michel HALEY, Private of the 75th Reg't)
NB I am the Bearer hereof

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