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.

CARLISLE, Frederick, 1827

National Archives, Kew, CO48/114, 124

Belmont, Leek

Staffordshire

5th Nov. 1827

Sir

I have taken the liberty of addressing you to ask if I may be allowed a copy of the last report of the Emigration Committee, and whether it may be sent to my address, otherwise I can direct someone to call for and forward it to me.

If you will allow me further to trespass on your valuable time I would also be much obliged by your opinion as to whether it might be proper for me to write officially to Mr. HAY requesting a reply to my original application on behalf of the Albany Settlers having understood from you that no pecuniary assistance can be given without a certainty of the whole being repaid, and knowing myself the impossibility of affording that certainty.

I am told any application for my own expenses as prayed for in the memorial of the Settlers, would meet from the Col. Department a decided negative, and not wishing to put upon record a request unreasonable enough to merit such a fate, I shall say no more on that head.

As I may not again have to trouble you on the subject of the present communication I wish to take this opportunity of conveying my thanks for the attention and consideration you have at all times favoured me with.

I have to honor to be Sir, your very obedient Servant

Fred CARLISLE

[Colonial Office footnote across corner: acq Mr. CARLISLE that there is no fund from which any relief for the Albany settlers can be forthcoming]

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