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.

ADDISON, Richard re Timothy WILSON, 1830

National Archives, Kew, CO48/137, 192

Verulam Buildings
Gray's Inn
13 Feb'y 1830

I trust you will excuse the liberty I take in thus addressing you for information as to a family some time back settled at the Cape of Good Hope, it being required to clear up a Title to some Estates in the North of England.
A Mr. Timothy WILSON, formerly of Truro in Cornwall, left the country many years ago & settled at the Cape of Good Hope where he married a Dutch Lady of the name of DE WITT who had four children by a former marriage, but it is believed that there was no issue of the marriage with Mr. WILSON; & Timothy WILSON it is understood died about 6 or 7 years ago.
The information desired is whether Timothy WILSON is dead and whether he had any children by Mrs. DE WITT & if any whether they or any of them are now living & resident at the Cape.
If you can oblige the parties interested by any information on these points they will be very thankful.
I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obed't humble sev't
Rich'd ADDISON

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