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.

ERITH, Jane (wife of James Thomas ERITH), 1833

National Archives, Kew CO48/152, 269

 

Rev'd R. STEWART
Rutland House
Blackheath Hill
Greenwich

Jan 20th 1833

My Lord,
          Pardon me the liberty I take in offering my grateful acknowledgements for the communication I have received from your Lordship conveyed to me through Mr. BRISCOE, by which I am assured that the award and recommendation of that Gentleman and Col. COLBROOKE will be carried into effect.
I have already received one moiety of the sum awarded, viz £250, and I am obliged by your Lordship's instructions for my Husband to receive the remaining moiety on my return to the Cape.
For this decision of your Lordship I feel that I am greatly indebted, and while I trust I shall be given for referring to the grievous injuries and losses which my Husband has sustained in the Colony, permit me to request the favour that I may be furnished with a letter of recommendation from your Lordship to the Governor Sir Lowry COLE that my Husband may be allowed to continue for a term rent free in the house which he lately occupied belonging to the Government, or receive an equivalent consideration.
   Thus, if Divine Providence should spare me to arrive in Africa I trust that through Lordship's interposition we may be enabled to forget our wrongs, to retrieve our losses, and again to possess comforts in the bosom of our family.
I have the honor to be My Lord
Your humble and grateful servant
Jane ERITH

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