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.

FELL, Joseph (re Mrs. ERITH), 1829

National Archives, Kew, CO48/133, 118

No.7 Great St.Helen's

16th December 1829

Hon'ble Sir,

With the utmost respect permit me to apply to your office for the sum of fifty pounds due to me on my arrival in London on the 20th Oct last for Mrs. J. ERITH's passage from the Cape of Good Hope. I should not have troubled you but I have been referred by that Lady to your Office and as I am to sail for New Orleans in a few days I sincerely trust you will take it into consideration as early as possible as I have much need for the amount. I take the liberty of inclosing to you her first bill of exchange and an early answer will much oblidge, most honor'd Sir

Your humble servant

Joseph FELL

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