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.

JONES, William re Mrs. WHITE, 1821

National Archives, Kew, CO48/56, 176

[To Richard PENN Esquire]

Army Pay Office

26th January 1821

Dear Sir,

I beg to return you my sincerest and best thanks for the favour of your obliging letter of the 5th Instant, in answer to my application, in behalf of Mrs WHITE for a passage for herself and children, to the Cape of Good Hope; and would certainly have done so sooner, but I was desirous of being enabled to state to you, at the same time, as required by your letter, the cause of her not having proceeded thither with her Husband: and I am now informed that it was impossible for her to go out then, from the precarious state of her health in consequence of confinement in childbed. I beg leave further to mention that Mrs WHITE has recently received another letter from her husband, expressive of his most anxious hope that she may be so fortunate as to obtain, through assistance of government, a passage for herself and children, and be enabled to join him; he being, at present in timely employment in a public building (a court house) now erecting at Bathurst Town; with every fair prospect of doing well hereafter.

If therefore, under these circumstances it should be in your power to obtain for the poor woman, the assistance of government in providing a passage on board the "Duke of Marlborough" W HOLLET, Commander (a private trader that will sail early in the ensuing month) it would be a still greater favour; as the brother in law of Mrs WHITE & his wife who are mentioned in my former application are going to embark in that vessel; he having made terms with the Captain to work his passage out: And it would afford the greatest comfort the most desirable indeed, to Mrs WHITE to go out in the same ship with such near relations.

Relying on your kind offices in this matter, I beg to subscribe myself

Your much obliged & obed't hble servant

Wm JONES

P.S. I would beg leave to add that the grandfather of Mrs WHITE's Husband (a Mr GRINDON) was, for many years, until his decease, one of the Landing Surveyors in his Majesty's Customs; that those for whom I am soliciting the favour of your kind assistance, are most deserving people - struggling under misfortunes.

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