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.

MILLS, Daniel, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/53, 4

9 Harley Street

20 January 1820

Sir,

From the delay which has taken place in the embarkation of my Party for the Cape of Good Hope, a change has taken place in the People. Capt'n YOUNG informed me it is absolutely necessary that I should make out fresh lists, will therefore be infinitely obliged by allowing me to have a blank list to fill up

I have the honour to be Sir

Your most ob't hble serv't

Daniel MILLS

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/53, 26

At Messrs. HARRISON

12 New City Chambers

Bishopsgate Street

19 February 1820

Sir,

It is with extreme regret I am under the necessity of troubling you again which has been occasioned by the delay in sailing. There is 3 of my people in the last list who have got into employment & have declined going, for which I have got 3 others in the same situation therefore there will be no alteration in the deposit or anything but changing their names. I hope you will have the goodness to excuse this trouble as can assure you it was not in my power to prevent it

I have the honour to be Sir

Your most ob't hble serv't

Daniel MILLS

 

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