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.

TURNER, William, 1833

National Archives, Kew CO48/152, 441


No.4 Wellington Row
Bethnal Green
Dec 10th 1833

Honorable Sir,
                 Being desirous of going to the Cape of Good Hope and having an Uncle that has been settled in that Colony for some years it is likely that I may do well if I could get there. But being in humble circumstances and at present out of Employ should be glad to be informed if I could obtain my Passage to that Colony from England by any Grant or allowance of a Passage by the authority of any Government Office. Your information will be thought of in the greatest consequence and acknowledged with gratitude by Your Humble Servant
William TURNER

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