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.

HART, Samuel Hood, 1830

National Archives, Kew, CO48/137, 296

Pomice
Near Bridport, Dorset
Feb'y 13 1830

Hon'd Sir,
I have a Father, Wm. HART, in Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, and he wishes much to have me with him but he cannot raise money sufficient to pay for a passage for me, and I wish much and am very desirous of being with my Father, but I have no Friend that can pay for a passage. And I have to beg that your Lordship would get a free passage for me and if I am granted the passage free you'll have the kindness to inform me of the time and place, when and where I am to Embark a what will be nesesary for me to be provided with in a plain way previous to my leaving here. Your presenting this my request before the Honourable Commissioners of the Office will be ever greatfully remembered.
By Your Honour's most Obed't and ever Humble Servant
Sam'l Hood HART

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