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.

MADDER, George re John INGRAM, 1821

National Archives, Kew, CO48/56, 159

Ballybrood

October 22nd 1821

Sir,

I take the liberty of addressing you upon the subject of a memorial that was forwarded to Sir Benjamin BLOOMFIELD to be presented at the Colonial Office in behalf of Mr. John INGRAM.

When I waited upon Sir Benjamin in Dublin he took so warm an interest in his case that I have little doubt of his exertions on his return to London to forward his application for the office of Barrack Master at Cape Town, where Mr. INGRAM is now a resident. To this extremity he was driven after having expended a considerable sum of money in endeavouring to form a settlement at Clanwilliam, where the entire failure of his crops and other unforeseen and unfortunate contingencies obliged him to relinquish the settlement altogether & to solicit the interest of his friends for a provision for himself and a large family. He wrote a full state of his case to Sir B. BLOOMFIELD who is his near relation & most steady friend. Under his direction the memorial was drawn up & to be forwarded to him upon his return to London. His immediate departure to the Continent must have put it out of his power to announce to Mr. INGRAM's family the success of his application at the Colonial Office – and they have requested me to relieve them from a painful state of suspence by enquiring from you in his absence if any such application & memorial had been presented and what success they may hope from it. I felt myself justified from a long friendship with Sir Benjamin to interest him in this case during our intercourse in Dublin and my close connexion with the wife & family of Mr. INGRAM, whom he has left behind, will I trust excuse me to you for requesting the favour of a few lines upon this subject.

I remain Sir with much respect

Your very obedient servant

Geo. MADDER

 

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