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.

BULLOCK, Solomon (brother of William BULLOCK), 1823

National Archives, Kew, CO48/61

Willenhall Turnpike Gate

Near Wolverhampton


November 11th 1823

Honoured Sir,

Allow me to resent you with a copy of a letter I have received from the Colonial Office on the subject of my brother's situation as a settler at the Cape of Good Hope

Colonial Office London

October 1823

Mrs. N. BULLOCK is hereby informed in answer to her letter of the 2nd instant that any letter she may think it necessary to address to her son will be forwarded to the Cape of Good Hope if sent by her in the first instance to the Secretary of State's Office, Colonial Department London under Cover, directed to R. WILMOT-HORTON Esq and she is also informed that it would be advisable that the direction on the cover of her letter to her son the name of the person who was head of the party with which her son went to the Cape of Good Hope.

My only motive in stating the above is that we as parties concerned cannot tell who was the head of the party at the time he went out. Could you be of service (as his mother is since dead) it would be most thankfully received and be gratefully remembered. Should any expence be incurred that might facilitate the discovery of William BULLOCK the same would be [obscured] you through the hands of Sir John WROTTESLEY MP for the County of Stafford. As under is a description of him as far as we can give it.


Born at Tettenhall Staffordshire

Left England four years the 2nd of August last with an intention to go to the Cape of Good Hope

Aged 21 years

5 feet 8 inches high, darkish complexion. grey eyes, dark hair

Your consideration of this statement and forwarding the letter to the Cape of Good Hope will oblige, Hon Sir

Your obliged and humble servant


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