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.

GATEHOUSE, Mary, 1822

National Archives, Kew, CO48/59, 305

146 High Street

Portsmouth

July 26 1822

Sir,

I have taken the liberty of enclosing a note that I have received from my husband George GATEHOUSE from the Cape of Good Hope. He went out as a settler in the Weymouth on the 7 January in the year 1820. He went out in the name of Charles INGRAM as there was a young man by that name declined going and the ship being redey for sea at the time prevented the captain from altering the name to George GATEHOUSE. Therefore Sir I have applied to you for a passage out for myself and four children which I hope you will grant me as sson as you can as we are in great distress owing to the long time I have been delayd from going out.

I am Sir your most humble servant

Mary GATEHOUSE

[Enclosed]

Albany

April 20 1822

Sir,

I beg leave to state in answer to your note that application was made by me at Portsmouth to the Colonial Office by letter requesting to make some necessary alteration in the list of my party. The answer which I received from Mr. GOULBURN was to forward my list for that purpose, but the vessel was expected hourly to sail. I was therefore under the necessity of entering you under the name of INGRAM

Yours &c

William COCK

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/59, 315

No.3 Crown Street

Portsmouth

Aug 6 1822

Mr. WILLMOT,

I once more tacke the liberty of troubling you in hopes you will be pleased to tacke my distrest situation into consideration and grant me a pasage to the cape of good hope to join my husband as i have been left too years and eight months without any suport and four young children to suport wich Sir if the[y] had been fourtunate in their crops my husband would have been able to remit me some mony but being disapointed has brought me in the greatest distress. Now honored sir if you would be pleased to asist me in going to my husband or direct me how to get a pasage you will be doing a real charity to a distresed family who will be bound to pray for you

I am sir your very humble and obedient servant

Mary GATEHOUSE

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