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.

INGRAM, John, 1821

National Archives, Kew, CO48/56, 131

The memorial of John INGRAM of the Cape of Good Hope

Sheweth

That your memorialist was for several years largely engaged in business in the City of Cork. That during that time he was always ready & forward in promoting the interest of Government & those connected with it.

That your memorialist instances one occasion among many of his services in supplying the 40th Regt with money &c in the last war when embarking for Lisbon at a time that the Banks refused to make them any advance & they had no means of procuring it.

That owing to the change which occurred in trade on the Peace your memorialist's business fell off considerably & that he was obliged to discontinue business.

That he then went out with a colony of settlers to the Cape of Good Hope, where he obtained a grant of land for himself & followers. That owing to the unproductiveness of the land his crops totally failed after expending a considerable sum on it – he is now reduced to seek other means of support.

That having heard that the place of Barrack Master at Cape Town is vacant he humbly requests he may be appointed thereto & hopes he has shown a claim on the Government for his [obscured] loyalty & the disappointments he suffered in getting unproductive land.

Your memorialist begs leave further to state that he has a wife & six children entirely depending on his exertions for support & he respectfully begs to refer you to the annexed certificate from his late fellow citizens for his former rank & loyalty

Signed

John INGRAM

[enclosed]

We the undersigned certify that John INGRAM now of the Cape of Good Hope was many years a highly respectable trader in this city & that he was always prominent for his loyalty on every public & private occasion, and an honest and honourable man.

Arthur PERRIER Mayor of Cork

T.PARSONS BOLAND Sheriff

Isaac MORGAN } Sheriffs elect

Rob't LEYCESTER }

Thos. S. REEVES

H.L. JAMESON [Ambassador?] to HM King of the Netherlands

H.B. WESTROPP Burgess

Geo. KNAPP Burgess

Wm. COLBURN

Wm. BAKER

Henry BAGNELL

James LANG

[illegible signature]

Thos. POPE

Wm. P. WHITE

John LECKY

Rich'd PARKER

Edw. COLBURN

John N WRIXON Burgess

Robert NAVERS

Wm. ROBERTS & Son

Rich. DIGBY Alderman

John Geo. NEWSOM Alderman

Richard T.P. POPE

Reuben HARVEY

Mich. RUSTEED Alderman

Thos. DUNSCOMBE Burgess

Jacob MARK

Wm. PHIPPS

Henry BENNETT Burgess

[illegible signature]

Rich. HAWKE

Robt ODWAT

Thos. TUCKER

John LANDER

Robt. MARTIN MD

Nich's VINCENT

[illegible signature]

Henry MORGAN

J.S. SHILPER

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