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.

DYASON, Joseph (re his son George DYASON), 1831

National Archives, Kew CO48/145, 305

 

Cant'y [Canterbury]
July 4 1831

My Lord,
Your Lordship will pardon me for the trouble I give in this Petition of a Father for his Son, George DYASON, who emigrated about 12 years ago to the New Colony at Grahams Town, Cape of Good Hope, where he has Resided ever since, and has been employ'd in various Departments in which he has given the Greatest Satisfaction, Testimonial of which has been given him from all the Authorities he has serv'd under. Those Testimonial and other most Honorable Recommendations have been laid before His Excellency Sir Lowry COLE, to whom my son is personally known. He is now and has for some years been Clerk to the Magistrates at Grahams Town & has lately lost a most amiable wife, leaving him 3 young children and as his close application to his official Duties has in some degree injur'd his health he wishes to be promoted when an opportunity offers, and if your Lordship would Recommend him to the Government I think his morals and principles are strictly good, and that he would not undertake any Situation either Civil or Military unless he was sensible his abilities was competent to fulfill it with Honor to himself and Benefit to the Colony, neither would I, although he is my Son, have troubled your Lordship with this application if I had the least doubt of his conduct. This application if granted will be most gratefully acknowledg'd by your Lordship's most obed't and very humble serv't
Joseph DYASON

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