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.

PHILIPPS, Thomas, 1835

National Archives, Kew CO48/164, 194

 

No.17 Bernard St
Russell Square
25th July 1835

Sir,
   Having at the request of Lord GLENELG delivered to his Lordship a statement of the particular objects desired by the Landholders and Merchants of the District of Albany in the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope for the prosperity of that Settlement, as expressed in the Resolutions passed at a public meeting and which I was deputed to represent to His Majesty's Government.
   I have now the honor to request that you will be pleased to bring under the notice of his Lordship one point more, viz the advantage which would accrue to the Colony if the regulations in force relative to Grants of Land to Officers of the Army & Navy were extended to South Africa, as it would induce many Officers to select that Country for their future residence & be the means of introducing a valuable class of Settlers calculated in every way to promote its prosperity, and this has been made particularly manifest in the late warfare with the Caffers where the Officers who are Settlers there have been of the most material service.
   I trust therefore under the impression I have of the importance of this measure I shall be excused for urging this point also on the early consideration of Lord GLENELG
I have the honor to be, Sir
Your most obedient and humble servant
Thomas PHILIPPS

 

[Note written across the top corner of letter in pencil}
I believe the Crown has little or no land to bestow. What say the comm'y?

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