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.

JAMES, William (brother of Samuel JAMES), 1822

National Archives, Kew, CO48/59, 336


May 9th 1822


Having a brother by name Samuel JAMES who imagrated to the Cape of Good Hope with your squadron & having just receiv'd a letter from him, wherein he is desirous of having some goods sent him such as broad cloth & chimeres [Transcriber's Note: a type of riding cloak resembling an academic gown], callicos, stockings, threads, cottons, pins, needles &c &c. I will therefore be much oblidge by giving me an information as soon as posible where goods can be sent to him free of duty & by what conveyance & if possible please to say what time a vessel may sail. Your attention will greatly oblidge

Your obed't serv't





National Archives, Kew, CO48/59, 338

Westbury, Wilts

June 8th 1822


Having wrote you some time ago requesting an information how to send to the Cape of Good Hope & not having heard from you I take the liberty of writing again & will take it a favour if you will give me the necessary information. Sir when the parties went to the Cape of Good Hope I had a brother who went with them named Samuel JAMES which has lately sent me a letter stating his satisfaction of the country & requesting me to send him some goods namely broad cloths, [Dowlases?] checks & cutlery goods. I will take it a great favour if you will give me information when there will be a vessel sailing there & from what port it goes from & if possible please to inform me when the goods is exempt of duty to them.

Your answer will be esteemed by, Sir

Your obed't serv't



Your favour of the 7th June is just receiv'd & if possible will thank you to say when you expect a vessel will sail & how goods must be directed there.

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