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.

SHEPHERD, William, 1826

National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 362

No.6 Crown Court

February 1826

My Lord,

In reply to your Lordship's favor of 9th inst in behalf of the families & children of certain settlers of the Cape of Good Hope in which your Lordship states that upon enquiry into the extent of the expence of their transport, the amount appears too great for your Lordship to hold out any hopes of its accomplishment, I can assure your Lordship the expence is in no way equal to the benefit that will result to the Colony, independent of the consideration of the feelings excited for the at present fatherless mothers & children and I beg to inform your Lordship that upon a minute enquiry which I have made among merchants & respectable brokers the amount will not exceed £5000, the accommodation and comforts to be according to the inclosed scale, which is a liberal one.

At the close of the communication the good feeling of your Lordship for the destitute has induced you to offer on the part of His Majesty's Government to bear half the expence upon my giving security for the due performance of the other half to be paid by fixed instalments. This my Lord would place me in most difficult circumstances as I have but few heads of families to contract with and your Lordship is well aware I cannot make contracts binding with women and children whose husbands & fathers are at the settlement or on the relatives after the family has landed, and therefore I trust the liberality of Government will be further extended to defray the whole of the expence.

My Lord in behalf of myself allow me to say that, commiserating the situation of your petitioners and in consideration of the interests of my brother colonists, I have undertaken this cause and desire only the reimbursement of the expences I have already incurred & to be further incurred, and still sanguine in the ultimate prosperity of the Colony of Settlers in Albany, South Africa, sent under your Lordship's patronage, of which your humble servant was one, I shall with pleasure return amongst them, and remain

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

[Attached]

Estimate of the expence for conveying from London to Algoa Bay from thence to Grahams Town Cape of Good Hope 285 persons rationed as 200 adults.

To hire of ship 500 tons & £4/10 per ton

£2250

To tender building of bed cabins, water closets &c

£150

To provisions for 200 adults for a passage of 120 days & 1/2 per day

£1291:13:11

Water casks for the voyage 700 tons

£220

To bedding for 200 persons

£132:10

To surgeon for 6 months, his mess with the captain, medicine & herbs &c

£120

Medical comforts, pork?, bread, soups, preserved meats &c for the sick and children

£100

Coals, candles &c

£20

 

£4284:3:11

Expence of landing at Algoa Bay

£100

Expence of conveyance up the country a distance of 100 miles

£500

 

£4884:3:11

My expences as superintendent

 

Having observed in my former passage out that the morals of the single females were much corrupted by a promiscuous placing of them too near the males, an additional allowance is here made to separate them as there will be a greater proportion of females. This calculation is made on a liberal scale after the under stated allowance

Scale of Rations for One Week

Days

Bread

lb

Beef lb

Pork lb

Flour lb

Plums or Suet

oz

Tea oz

Sugar

oz

Spirits Gill

Butter or Cheese lb

Oatmeal Pint

Vinegar Pint

Pease Pint

Cocoa oz

Monday

B

1

-

-

-

¼

1 ½

1

-

-

-

-

B

Tuesday

B

-

¾

-

-

¼

1 ½

1

-

-

-

2

B

Wednesday

B

1

-

¾

2

¼

1 ½

1

-

-

-

-

B

Thursday

B

1

-

-

-

¼

1 ½

1

-

-

-

-

B

Friday

B

-

¾

-

2

¼

1 ½

1

-

-

-

2

B

Saturday

B

1

-

-

-

¼

1 ½

1

-

-

-

-

B

Sunday

B

-

¾

¾

2

¼

1 ½

1

½

½

2

-

B

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 366

No.6 Crown Court

Broad Street

20th February 1826

Sir,

In reply to your letter of the 8th inst I beg to observe that the settlers at Grahams Town Cape of Good Hope who had expected me to apply to Lord BATHURST for conveyance of their wives & families thither had no idea that they would be required by His Majesty's Government to defray any part of the expence of their conveyance and although the Colony is in a flourishing condition, yet the settlers have not so far recovered from the difficulties they experienced on their first going out as to be able (at least for some time to come) to advance any considerable sum of money & as they had reason to believe that if they had taken their wives & children with them in the first instance His Majesty's Government would have provided conveyance for them in common with other wives & children who actually did go at that time they imagined there would be no objection to their being now sent out to them now as they consider they are able to support them when arrived there. I trust his Lordship will give directions that as far as relates to the actual wives and families a passage may be granted them, that the settlers who now make this request may not be placed in a worse situation than those who took their wives & families with them. And with regard to the other persons memorialised who are more distant relatives of the settlers there, I trust his Lordship will be pleased to bear a considerable proportion of the expence & to signify the [obscured] amount or portion His Majesty's Government will do for them as these persons by increasing the British population at the Cape are creating a balance with the Dutch, who are as yet the most numerous, and I am willing to undertake the collecting the sum to be reimbursed should it meet the approbation of His Lordship. I should hope His Majesty's Government would be the more inclined to send to a colony where females are so much needed, and I have further to beg that you will be pleased to signify the nature of the [obscured] required for the remainder of the expence, and I am ready to get any document signed by [any] individual for I am not able to obtain security of the parties in the Colony who [obscured] me without too great a loss of time & expence. I also beg to know the period within which His Lordship will require the reimbursement to be made. In the mean time I beg to [assure] his Lordship none of these your petitioners are settlers that have gone out on their own account but are of the number sent out by His Majesty's Government in the year 1819 & 1820 & I have no hesitation in saying they will feel glad to satisfy the government as far as in their power for the sake of that feeling of content & happiness which results from having our families & relatives around us.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

[Colonial Office note across corner]

What was the arrangement made for the conveyance of the wives and families of those who went out to the Cape in ____ and what were the regulations adopted on that occasion?

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 368

[Received March 2nd 1826]

Sir,

I received your communication of the 27th and beg the favour of an interview when most convenient, as to several of the communications made and the security I am prepared to give too long for the subject of a letter.

I am Sir your most obedient servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 370

No.6 Crown Court

Broad Street

3rd March 1826

Sir,

 

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 27th ult. In reply I feel bound to admit the justice of your remarks as to the propriety of my having come to this country prepared with some offer on the part of the settlers for the repayment of the expence to be incurred provided these settlers had been in a capacity to have made such a proposition, but they considered that their recent hopes & contracted means (wch every one acquainted with the colony must acknowledge are great) would be a sufficient inducement to His Majesty's Government to grant the prayer of your petitioners; considering also the want of servants in the colony together with the small number of females making it highly necessary in a moral point of view that more females should be sent out; joined to the political benefit to be derived from putting the British population more on a par with the Dutch, all these considerations your petitioners thought would have sufficient weight with his Lordship in granting their request. However, should my Lord BATHURST still require a security I beg to repeat that I am ready to get the signatures of each individual now desirous of proceeding with me to any undertaking his Lordship may think fit. Or should that not be admitted, feeling as I do towards those whose cause I have undertaken I can give my personal bond for the repayment of half the expence of whatever may be advanced to me for the purpose of conveying out these persons, or that it may cost His Majesty's Government to convey [them] provided my said bond may be allowed to be redeemed on producing the engagement of the settlers who deputed me, for their respective families, which engagement I will procure as soon as possible and exchange for my own bond, and in default of my doing so to the satisfaction of the Colonial Government my own [bond] is to stand in force against me so long as it is not cancelled by the Settlers Bond or Bonds which I may give in

I am Sir your most obedient servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 373

No.6 Crown Court

Old Broad Street

April 14th 1826

Sir,

In reply to your favour of the 12 inst I beg to state that no person of the name of J. WILSON has applied to me for a passage neither am I aware of any one person being brought to town by any letter that I have written, as I have invariably stated to each the offer of the Government and desired them to write an answer if they wished to go and could meet the expence and I am positive the assertion of they have come a great distance with their families is a false one.

I thought it necessary that each person should pay a small deposit of from 10s to 20s on the insertion of their names as an assurance of their intention. This has been done by those who could afford it, that I might not possess a long list of nominal names, at the same time it was distinctly stated to them it should be returned if no arrangements took place with His Majesty's Government.

With respect to the deposits of money I beg to state Sir it is a malicious insinuation calculated to make an impression on your mind that I am taking sums of money from the poor to their great inconvenience. That the principal part of them are poor I have sufficient evidence but I abhor the thought of distressing them in any way as my only wish is to serve them, to do which I have incurred considerable expence.

There is a person whose name is Wm. WATSON who has deposited 10/- but whose residence is in town. This is the only name I have like it.

I am Sir your most obedient servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

[Colonial Office note]

Let the party who complains of Mr. SHEPHERD to be called upon to explain what he means by making statements which are not founded in truth & recommend to Mr. SHEPHERD not to exact any sum of money whatever from those he addresses on the subject of conveyance to the Cape or to bring anyone to London untill his scheme is more matured. Remind Mr. S that he has taken no steps for providing the security as was pointed out to him was necessary to be given.

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 375

Crown Court

Old Broad Street

April 20th 1826

Sir,

I have to acknowledge receipt of yours of 18th ultimo and in reference to the security mentioned beg to state I am prepared with any security his Lordship may require, provided the nature of that security is expedient and safe for me to give, and I hope his Lordship will be as favourable as possible as to that required as my only wish is to serve the colony, and destitute, and unemployed to the extent his Lordship shall enable me.

I beg also to remark that I am proceeding agreeable to his Lordships directions in your letter of the 10th ultimo to obtain a list of those persons wishing to proceed with me that the expence may be accurately ascertained, with a view to inform each individual the sum required to reimburse His Majesty's Government one half the expence to be incurred. That list will be closed in a short time and shall immediately transmit them to the Colonial Office.

I am Sir your most obedient servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 377

Crown Court

Old Broad Street

April 30th 1826

Sir,

I beg to inclose the lists of the names of those persons wishing to proceed with me to their parents, husbands &c at Grahams Town Cape of Good Hope, agreeable to Earl BATHURST's letter of the 10th inst and request you will be pleased to direct the solicitor of the Treasury to favour me with the terms of security his Lordship wishes me to give.

I am Sir your most obedient servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

Names of Persons, Relatives of Settlers, with their Families desirous of proceeding to Grahams Town South Africa under the patronage of His Majesty's Government

To whom Related

Names of Families

Age

Sons

Age

Daughters

Age

D. ROBERTS

John PASKIN

41

John

21

   
 

Wife Elizabeth

38

       

W. SHEPHERD

Henry YARRINGTON

30

       
 

Wife Charlotte

28

       

C. CROFT

George FURBY

52

George

22

Charlotte

14

 

Wife Jane

52

Benjamin

9

Elizabeth

10

J. HOWE

Francis CATO

34

George

12

   
 

Wife Jane

32

Joseph

12

   
     

Henry

4

   
     

Orlando

   

J. PARKIN

Will'm PARKIN

44

William

20

Charlotte

16

     

Isack

11

Sarah

14

     

John

10

Elizabeth

12

H. CROWLEY

Elizabeth CROWLEY

50

   

Margaret

30

     

Thomas

7

Mary Ann

13

J. CROWLEY

Ann CROWLEY

26

John

12

Eliza

14

         

Catharine

6

         

Elizabeth

4

J. BIGGS

Mary Ann BIGGS

16

       
 

Harriott

14

       

J. PANKHURST

Thos. PANKHURST

30

Thomas

3

Ann

5

 

Wife Ann

28

   

Elizabeth

1

A. KIDWELL

Elinor KIDWELL

30

Charles

11

Eliza

7

 

Elizabeth OSBOURN

34

George

9

   
     

John Thomas

2

   

W. WATSON

Will'm WATSON

60

       
 

Wife Sarah

56

       

G. GATEHOUSE

Mary GATEHOUSE

34

Francis

8

Sarah

16

 

Elizabeth BROWN

45

George

14

Mary Ann

10

C. HYMAN

Elizabeth WOOD

14

       

D. LEWIS

John LEWIS

14

       

J. LEANY

Ann LEANY

35

       

J. O'DONNELL

Ellin O'DONALD

22

       
 

Jane O'DONALD

18

       

C. GRUBB

Sarah GRUBB

22

       

C. SLATER

Sarah SLATER

23

       
 

Mary Ann HALL

6

       

R. PICKSTOCK

Thos DOWLAN

29

   

Mary

10

 

Wife Ann

31

   

Amelia

3

 

Thos DOBSON

27

       
 

Wife Mary

29

John

1

   

D. GOLDEN

Mary GOLDEN

30

John

9

Mary

5

 

John STEARDEN

35

   

Margaret

4

 

Catharine GOLDEN

30

       

J. EVA

Samuel PASK

20

       

D. HOLLAND

Florence MACARTY

36

       

W. VERITY

Benjamin VERITY

25

       

Rd. NEWTON

William STARLING

18

       
 

Kezia STARLING

19

       

A. KIDWELL

James ATKINS

44

   

Caroline

18

 

Wife Fanny

44

   

Eliza

15

     

Samuel

8

Phebe

13

         

Jane

11

R. PITT

Wm. PITT

49

John

23

Sarah

22

 

Wife Mary

49

Thomas

7

Mary

2

     

John

½

   
     

William

13

   
     

James

10

   

J. THACKWRY

Crofts MAYER

47

Francis

24

Hannah

23

 

Wife Catharine

50

Joseph

18

Grace

19

     

David

29

Matilda

13

     

Francis

5

   

J. WYATT

Charles WYATT

43

William

11

   
 

Wife Francis

37

George

9

   
     

James

4

   
     

John

1

Mary Ann

7

A. HARPUR

Eliza BARNES

19

       
 

Rich'd HUMPHRIES

45

Stephen

12

   
 

Wife Ann

37

James

9

   
     

Joseph

6

   

R. ATTWELL

Wm. WELLS

37

William

7

   
 

Wife Mary Ann

31

Robert

5

   
     

Richard

3

   

S. BROWN

Nathan MORRIS

40

John

6

Jane

14

 

Wife Sarah

36

   

Sarah

4

J. ADAMS

Jane ADAMS

30

John

13

Mary

16

     

William

8

Jane

14

         

Susanah

10

T. YOUNG

Samuel WEBBER

38

Samuel

9

Eliza

13

 

Wife Martha

30

George

5

Mary

7

         

Martha

3

J. MANDY

Ann MULLIGAN

42

   

Elizabeth

18

     

James

16

Amelia

14

         

Ann

6

R. ROE

Hannah ROE

40

   

Mary Ann

16

         

Elizabeth

11

J. HANNAN

Sarah SAYERS

26

       
 

Jane SAYERS

22

       

Hy. MARSHALL

Mary MARSHALL

32

       

J. MANDY

Henry COOK

27

       
 

Wife Elizabeth

22

       

R. PITT

Robert MITCHENER

47

William

21

Jane

20

 

Wife Jane

44

John

11

Elizabeth

25

     

Francis

19

   
     

James

8

   
     

Edward

6

   

J. WILLS

James ADAMS

56

   

Sarah

30

 

Wife Mary

56

       

J. DIVINE

John MACKINTOSH

34

   

Jane

1

 

Wife Jane

34

       

J. RATHBONE

Sarah BURLING

18

       
 

James BURLING

19

       

W. AUSTIN

Sarah DAWSON

30

       

J. NIELAND

Hugh NIELAND

36

Patrick

12

   
 

Henry HOWARD

47

   

Sarah

11

 

Wife Maria

47

   

Elizabeth

9

J. PARTRICK

John WITNALL

24

       

Total Number 179 Relatives, of whom

Men 39

Women 53

Children above 12 years 30

Children under 12 years 57

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 382

Crown Court

Broad Street

May 7th 1826

Sir,

In reply to your letter of the 6 inst in which my Lord BATHURST requires a more distinct statement of the degree of relationship in which those persons stand towards the settlers of the Cape of Good Hope and the cause of the present list varieing from that of December last.

I beg to inform his Lordship a number of the names will necessarily be different from those in that list in consequence of their being relatives by marriage and otherwise and the present list is not so large as that of December last in consequence of some of the partys wished for not being to be found and others declineing to proceed to the Colony.

And I have forgotten further to state I have taken the liberty to insert several names of persons who have applied to me stateing they have relatives at the settlement (and of whom I have some knoledge of) whose friends have written for them since I left the Colony and directed them to apply to me, which may account for some names appearing in the present list which is not in that of December among whom are two wives of settlers residing in the Colony. The inclosed list is as correct a statement of the relationship they stand in to the persons residing at the Cape of Good Hope as I can obtain.

And allow me in reference to the latter part of your letter to assure his Lordship in behalf of myself and brother colonists that no confusion would arrise should His Majestys Government be pleased to send five hundred persons of the present unimployed labourers and great disappointment will be felt should the prayer of your memorialists not succeed, not only by your petitioners but by those gentlemen who are expecting in them to find a number of servants to supply the present necessity.

I am Sir your most obedient servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

Degree of Relationship of a Number of Persons

wishing to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope to join their Relatives

Name of person wishing to proceed

Relative's name residing in the Colony

Degree of Relationship

John PASKIN

Daniel ROBERTS

Brother-in-law

Henry YARRINGTON

Wm. SHEPHERD

Cousin

George FURBY

Charles CROFT

Cousin

Francis CATO

… James HOWE

Daughter

William PARKIN

John PARKIN

Brother

Elizabeth CROWLEY

Humphrey CROWLEY

Wife & family

Ann CROWLEY

Malachy CROWLEY

Wife & family

Mary Ann BIGGS }

John BIGGS

Daughters

Harriott BIGGS }

   

Thos. PANKHURST

John PANKHURST

Brother

Elenor KIDWELL }

Alex. KIDWELL

Sisters

Elizabeth OSBOURNE }

   

Will'm WATSON

Will WATSON

Son

Mary GATEHOUSE

Geo. GATEHOUSE

Wife & family

Elizabeth BROWN

Geo. GATEHOUSE

Sister

Elizabeth WOOD

Chas. HYMAN

Daughter

John LEWIS

… Dd. LEWIS

Son

Thos. DOWLAN

Rich'd PICKSTOCK

Son-in-law

Thos. DOBSON

Rich'd PICKSTOCK

Son-in-law

Ann LEANY

… James LEANY

Wife

Ellen O'DONNELL }

Patrick O'DONNELL

Nieces

Jane O'DONNELL }

   

Sarah GRUBB

James GRUBB

Sister

Sarah SLATER

Thos. SLATER

Daughter

Mary GOLDEN

David GOLDEN

Wife & family

John STEADMAN

David GOLDEN

Brother-in-law

Catharine GOLDEN

David GOLDEN

Sister

Samuel PASK

James EVA

Cousin

Florence MACARTY

Dennis HOLLAND

Brother-in-law

Benjamin VERITY

Will VERITY

Son

William STARLING

Rd. NEWTON

Nephew

Kezia STARLING

Rd. NEWTON

Niece

John ATKINS

Alex. KIDWELL

Brother-in-law

Wm. PITT

Robt. PITT

Brother

Crofts MAYER

William THACKWRAY

Brother-in-law

Charles WYATT

John WYATT

Brother

Eliza BARNES

James HARPUR

Daughter

Rich'd HUMPHRIES

James STANTON

Cousin

Wm. WELLS

Rich'd ATTWELL

Son-in-law

Nathan MORRIS

Stephen BROWN

Son-in-law

Jane ADAMS

Henry ADAMS

Wife & family

Samuel WEBBER

Thos. YOUNG

Cousin

Ann MULLAGAN

… James MANDY

Sister

Henry COOK

… James MANDY

Brother-in-law

Hannah ROE

Rob't ROE

Wife & family

Sara SAYERS }

John HANNAN

Sisters

Jane SAYERS }

   

Mary MARSHALL

… Henry MARSHALL

Wife

Robert MITCHENER

Rob't PITT

Cousin

James ADAMS

… James WILLS

Father-in-law

John MACKINTOSH

Will DIVINE

Brother-in-law

Sarah BURLING

James RATHBONE

Sister-in-law

James BURLING

James RATHBONE

Brother-in-law

Sarah DAWSON

John AUSTIN

Sister-in-law

Hugh NILAND

James NIELAND

Brother

Patrick NIELAND

James NIELAND

Son

Those marked with a … are names not in the memorial of December last

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 387

Crown Court

Old Broad Street

May 7th 1826

Sir,

In reply to your letter of the 6th inst I beg to state that no inducement has been offered by me to the individual named Adam MULHOLLAN of Baltinglass, neither have I had communication with any person of that name, but suppose that the applications arrise from the information of their relatives in the colony stating that I am indeavouring to obtain permission of His Majestys Government to bring them to the settlement, and I beg further to observe his Lordships caution has and will be duly attended by, Sir

Your obed't humble serv't

Wm. SHEPHERD

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 389

[Memorandum in different hand]

Mr. SHEPHERD

The number of settlers who signed the original petition amounted to 93 and the numbers of their relatives whom they wished to be sent out to the Cape amounted to 291.

The list which Mr. SHEPHERD has lately sent to the office contains the names of only 38 of the settlers who signed the original petition, and the number of individuals for whom Mr. SHEPHERD makes his present application amount to 179

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 390

[Received 29 May 1826]

Sir,

Not having received an answer to my letter of the 7th inst I beg the favour of your informing me if my papers are refered to the solicitor of the Treasury as the parties are exceedingly anxious to know the most favourable terms on which my Lord BATHURST will allow them to proceed to their relatives in the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope.

I m Sir your most obed't serv't

Wm. SHEPHERD

[Note on reverse from Colonial Office]

Acquaint Mr. SHEPHERD that Lord B finds on reference to the Treasury that there are no funds from whence the expence of sending out the wives & families of settlers can be defrayed & that independent of this circumstance the very imperfect instructions with which on leaving the Colony he appears to have been furnished & his total inability to give security for that part of the expence which it was always in Lord B's contemplation shd be borne by the Parties most interested would have rendered it [obscured] ..

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 392

Crown Court

Old Broad Street

June 5th 1826

Sir,

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 26th ult and feel extremely sorry for the parties concerned that so much should have been done and such expectations raised in the minds of those persons before it was assertained that there was no funds in the Treasury out of which the expence could be defrayed, which is a source of great disappointment to the parties interested, and so far from being totally unable to give security, I am provided with the money to a certain extent and waited to know what the solicitor of the Treasury (to whom I was to be refered on delivering the list of names according to your letter if the – inst) required as to the amount of each persons expence and for the security required, that I might consider how far I could undertake with safety to myself for the other part, the expence of which with the arrangements would be no way great to His Majesty's Government, tho' important for an individual to be responsible for, but provided nothing more can be done for these persons I shall trouble his Lordship no further than to say that I was not deputed by any person at the settlement but took up their cause at the anxious desire of the people from a [sense] of their necessities and the desire of benefiting the Colony, which I should feel pleasure in serving in an object so much desired.

I am Sir your most obedient servant

Wm. SHEPHERD

 

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1826 Petition [Filed under P for John PASKIN, the first signatory]

National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 309

[Answered 9 June 1826]

The humble petition of the undersigned mechanics and labourers praying to be sent to their parents and relations at Grahams Town Colony of the Cape of Good Hope

To the Right Hon'ble Earl BATHURST

My Lord,

We the undersigned beg to lay before your Lordship our humble petition. Your Petitioners all of us have parents & relatives about the settlement of Grahams Town Cape of Good Hope & were instructed by our relatives to apply to a Mr. Wm SHEPHERD who has arrived from that place to intercede with your Honorable Government for us to be sent out. On our application to Mr. SHEPHERD he made known to us he had applied to your Lordship and by an official letter dated 27th inst informed us that by paying half the expence of our transport your Lordship would send us out. This my Lord we were preparing to do but were much disappointed at Mr. SHEPHERD informing us he had read another official letter dated 29th May by which he is instructed to acquaint us that in consequence of his not offering security (which we could not expect as most of us are strangers to him) your Lordship has declined his intercession and that there are no funds in the Treasury for any such purpose, that we must pay the whole of our transport which we are unable to do. Your petitioners beg to state to your Lordship that upon the faith of the Under Secretary of State's letter dated 27th inst to Mr. SHEPHERD we put ourselves to great inconvenience by the sale of our goods and articles of furniture in preparation to meet half the expence required for our transport and therefore pray your Lordship will reconsider our case, many of us having large familys and unable to support them for want of employment.

Your petitioners feel satisfied with the information given by Mr. SHEPHERD as to the immediate employment on our arrival in the Colony for ourselves & familys & that the price of provisions there will enable us to support our familys by our own labour & industry, an object we so much desire but cannot obtain here, and as Mr. SHEPHERD is going to return shortly he has kindly offered to superintend our going out, which from his local knowledge of the country, its resources & conveniences would be so very desirable. We therefore pray your Lordship will take into consideration the disappointment & distress it will occasion your petitioners & their familys shd your Lordship not comply with the promise held out in your Lordship's letter dated 27th inst. We beg to acquaint your Lordship we are ready to pay the half of our transport money at any place your Lordship will please to appoint. We pray your Lordship will grant this your petitioners request for the sake of their families & your petitioners in duty bound will ever pray.

Signed

John PASKIN & wife

John PASKIN

Geo FURBY & wife 4 children

Benj'n BROWN wife & sister

Richard HUMPHREYS wife 3 children

John MACKINTOSH wife 1 child

Will'm STARLING

Kezia STARLING

Henry YARRINGTON & wife

Francis CATO & 4 children

William PITT wife 7 children

Sarah BURLING

Sarah DAWSON

Mary Ann BIGGS

Harriet BIGGS

Elenor KIDWELL

Elizabeth OSBOURN & 4 children

Ann LEANY

Ellen O'DONNELL

Sarah SLATER & child

Samuel PASK

Sara SAYERS

Jane SAYERS

Mary MARSHALL

Henry COOK & wife

Eliza CROWLLEY

Eliza BROWN

Eliza WOOD

Amelia MILLIGAN and 4 children

Hugh NIELAND & wife

Samuel WEBER wife and 5 children

William PARKIN wife and 6 children

Place of Meeting No. 3 Half Moon Court, Stanhope Street, Clare Market

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/69, 78

Memorial of several Settlers at the Cape praying that their Relations may be sent out to the Cape

Enclosure in Lord C.H. SOMERSET's Despatch dated 6 July 1825 No.187

Copy

To His Excellency the Rt. Hon'ble. General Lord Charles Henry SOMERSET

The humble memorial of the undersigned settlers

Humbly sheweth

That in consequence of Your Excellency's having whilst at Grahams Town been graciously pleased to declare that the memorial (praying for Your Excellency's recommendation for bringing out the relatives of the settlers at the Government expence) should be taken into your Excellency's attentive consideration.

Your Memorialists in returning their unfeigned thanks for this Your Excellency's humane and continued attention to the welfare of the settlement beg most humbly to state that Mr. Wm. SHEPHERD is willing to return to England and has offered on his return to the Colony to take charge of the embarkation and from his well known correctness of character we are anxious that he should superintend the same, and should your Excellency be pleased to assist him in the undertaking your Memorialists as in duty bound will ever pray.

Mrs. HARPER

Stephen BROWN

George GATEHOUSE

Robert BRADY

William MILLER

John BIGGS

Rich'd BRADSHAW

Robert ROE

J. NIELAND

Wm. VERITY

Wm. HUNT

James PAXTON

George MARSDEN

Thomas KEMPSTER

Charles CROFT

William PIKE

Rich'd NEWTON

Wm. GODDARD

John BROWN

James KIDD

Wm. STANTON

Geo. FOOTER

John HANNAN

Henry BROOKS

William MATHEWS

George HODGKINSON

James J. EVA

Richard BOWLES

James BOWSHER

Thos. KING

Malachy CROWLY

Humphry CROWLY

David GOULDING

Christopher DALE

Peter VALLENTINE

Richard ATTWELL

John MOODY

Rt. WICKS

Rich'd PICKSTOCK

Thos. SLATER

Benj'n PATRICK

John GITTINS

Sam'l SCROOBY

James HOOK

A. KIDWELL

William SHEPHERD

Mrs. THOMAS

John McKENNY

James GREATHEAD

James RATHBONE

John AUSTIN

Sam'l FIELD

Wm. SERGEANT

Charles GRUBB

Wm. LUCAS

Chs. HYMAN

Thos. YOUNG

Benj'n NORDEN

Dennis HOLLAND

James HOWSE

John PANKHURST

John MARSHALL

Jeremiah HONEY

J. DEDMAN

Jeremiah GOLDSWAIN

Geo. BAGER

Robert PITT

Samuel PRINN

W. WATSON

James KEMP

Edw'd TURVEY

W. HOWARD

William TARR

Robert ROBERTS

Benj'n FORD

J.A. DUDLEY

Wm. DIVINE

P. ELEVAND

Christopher ADCOCK

Wm. THACKWRAY

 

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National Archives, Kew, CO48/69, 82

 

Names of Settlers who have petitioned for their relatives to be sent out to the Cape

Relations

Their place of abode in Great Britain and Ireland

Henry HARPER

1 daughter

Eliza BARNES at Mr.MEASON's at the Star, Burton on Trent

Stephen BROWN

1 son 2 daughters

Wm. BROWN Great Gidding near Stilton, Huntingdonshire

Geo. GATEHOUSE

Wife & 4 children

Mr. GATEHOUSE at Mr.WOOD's, No.146 High St, Portsmouth

Rob't BRADY

Wife & 3 children

Mr. BRADY, Carpenters Arms, High Holborn

Wm. MILLER

1 son

Thos. MILLER at Mr. CLARKE's, Charles Street, Covent Garden

John BIGGS

2 daughters

Inquiry to be made of Mr. James SUTCLIFFE, St.James Square, Bristol

Rich'd BRADSHAW

Wife & 6 children

Ulley near Dursley, Gloucestershire

Rob't ROE

Wife & 3 children

Mrs.H. ROE at the Revd. Mr. VERICK's, Somers Town

James NIELAND

1 son

Mathew NIELAND, J. HICKS Esq, Green Lodge, Castle Bar, Mayo

Wm. VERITY

2 sons

Mr. VERITY, Tailor, Little Windmill Street, Haymarket

Wm. HUNT

2 daughters

At Mary HUNT's, Brasenton near Derby

James PAXTON

1 daughter

Miss PAXTON at Mr. WARD's, 24 Queen St, Kings Road, Chelsea

Geo.MARSDEN

1 son

Mr. J. MARSDEN, Aswith, Heath, near Chesterfield

Thos. KEMPSTER

Wife & 4 children

Mrs. KEMPSTER at Parlows, Princes Risborough, Bucks

Chas. CROFT

Brother, sister & 2 children

No.6 Cross Lane, Long Acre

Wm. PIKE

2 brothers 2 sisters 1 son & children

Stilton near Huntingdonshire

Rich'd BRADSHAW

Brother, wife & 4 children

Ulley near Dursley, Gloucestershire

Rich'd NEWTON

Wife & 1 son

Mrs. NEWTON, Goswell Street Road

Will'm GODDARD

1 son

On board the Revenue Cutter of Deal, Kent

Stephen BROWN

1 Brother

B. BROWN at Mr. VERITY's, Tailor, Little Windmill Street, Haymarket

James KIDD

2 brothers 1 sister & 6 children

At Mrs.J. THOMPSON's, Velinhilston near Wrexham in Wales

Will'm STANTON

3 brothers & 1 sister

No.18 Princes Street, Blackfriars Road

Geo. FOOTER

2 sisters

J.FOOTER, Little Bell St, John St, Westminster

John HANNAM

1 sister

Parish of Kilbonane, Barony of Eyre, County Kerry

Hy BROOKS

2 brothers & 1 sister

Mr. J. WHEATLEY, Old Brompton near London

Wm. MATHEWS

Brother & sister

Mr.J. CROXTON or Messrs.LARD & Co, 97 St.Martins Lane

Geo. HODGKINSON

1 brother

Mr.LEWIS ? at Mr.BOWNERs, Bleakmarket? Street, Leicester

James J. EVA

1 son

North Crescent, Bristol

Rd BOWLES

Daughter, son-in-law & 2 children

Mr. Hy. HERBERT at Crab Oak near Dover, Kent

James BOWSHER

Wife & 3 children

Woodlands, East Garston, Berkshire

Malachy CROWLEY

Wife & 3 children }

Mrs. CROWLEY's, Mason? Fair Lane, Cork

Hy. CROWLEY

Wife & 2 children }

 

David GOULDING

Wife & 3 children

Parish of Kilbonane, Barony of Eyre, County Kerry

Chris'r DALE

1 son

Music Warehouse, Cornhill

Peter VALENTINE

1 son

Mr.J. LEDDOW?, Little Allum near Elkinstone, Denbighshire

Rich'd ATTWELL

Son & daughter & 2 children

No.9 Permit Office, Excise Office

John MOODY

Wife

Mrs. MOODY at No.1 Charles St, East Hampstead Road, Fitzroy Sq.

Rob't WICKS

1 son

Kings Street, Ramsgate, Kent

Rd.PICKSTOCK

2 daughters, son-in-law & 5 children

Mr. DOWLAN at 25 Warwick Street, Manchester

Thos. SLATER

1 son 1 daughter

High Street, Borough

Benj'n PARTRICK

Daughter

Mr. A. MARTIN, High Street, Portsmouth

John GITTANS

2 brothers

Charles GROVE, Oxford

Sam'l SCROOBY

Mother

At Mr.BARKWORTH, Butcher, Gt. Guildford Street, Borough

James HOOLE

1 brother 2 sisters & 4 children

E. COTTRELL's, [obscured] Street, Bloomsbury Square

Alex KIDWELL

2 sisters 1 brother 5 children

Alpha Cottage, Lambeth

Will'm SHEPHERD

1 brother 1 sister 1 child

J. SHEPHERD at W. TURNER, Little Windmill St, Haymarket

M. THOMAS

1 daughter

Miss CADLE St. {obscured] Church, Hoxton

John MACKENNY

Brother

Mr. MACKENNY, Bare Head Close, High Street, Glasgow

James GREATHEAD

Brother

Wm. GREATHEAD, Summer Hill, Sand Pits, Birmingham

John AUSTIN

2 sisters

Mr. J. DAVIDSON, Queen Street, Ramsgate, Kent

Sam'l FIELD

2 brothers & 2 sisters

Near the Moorhen's? Hichen, Herts

Wm. SERGEANT

2 brothers & 2 sisters

Hy SERGEANT, Wheelwright, Buckingham, Berks

Chas. GRUBB

7 brothers

Newbury, Berks or Mr. BOWLES, No.49 Long Lane, Borough

Wm. LUCAS

Mother & sister

Mr. LUCAS, Churchover, near Rugby, Warwickshire

Chas. HYMAN

Father, mother & brother

Near Salisbury, Wiltshire

Thos. YOUNG

Brother, sister & 7 children

Mr. ? Baker, Halfway House, Thorn, Kent

Benj'n NORDEN

Brother

Joshua NORDEN, Abram NORDEN's, Hammersmith

Dennis HOLLAND

Brother & sister

Mr.F.MACARTY, Cooper at Mr. PIERCE's near Broad Wall, London

James HOWSE

2 brothers & 2 sisters and 6 of their children

6 White Church Lane, Oxford

John PANKHURST

1 brother & 1 sister

Wm. PANKHURST in the Parish of Munster, County of Kerry

John MARSHALL

2 nephews, brother & sister

Mr. HAMMOND, Draper, Wadhurst, Sussex

Jeremiah HONEY

2 nephews & 1 brother

Rd. HONEY, Leeds near Maidstone, Kent

Jas. DEDMAN

2 brothers, 2 sisters, 6 children

Wm. and John DEDMAN, Frome, Somersetshire

Jeremiah GOLDSWAIN

Father

West Street, Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Rob't PITT

Brother & 2 sons

No.1 Crown Street, Russell Square

Geo. BAGER

1 son, brother, sister & 2 children

Elizabeth BAGER, Spilsbury, Lincolnshire

Sam'l PRINN

1 sister

Mrs. Mary CLARKE, Mr.LOADE's? School House, York. George Yard, Drury Lane

Wm. WATSON

Father, mother & brother

No.21 Bribe? Place, Somers Town

Jas. KEMP

Brother

J. KEMP, Rodmersham near Sittingbourne

Ed. TURVEY

1 son

Mr. BURGES, Maiden Lane, Southampton Street, Strand

Wm. HOWARD

Wife, mother, 2 sisters in law and 5 brothers

Mr. LENNON?, Howlett, Chinor near Thame, Oxfordshire

Wm. TARR

Brother, sister & 2 children

James MOON? Mr.WAGS?, 29 Wigmore Street or Blandford Cha..

Rob't ROBERTS

2 brothers, 2 sisters, 4 children

Mr.PARKIN at Mr. DAY's, Trunk maker, Strand

Benj'n FORD

Son & daughter

Mr. DICKS, Crockerton, Warminster, Wilts

J.H. DUDLEY

Son & daughter

Mrs. DUDLEY, No.4 Gough Street, Suffolk Street, Birmingham

Wm. DIVINE

1 brother & 1 sister

John BYRNE Wm BRUNGER?, Chards near Dublin

P. ELEVAND

1 daughter

John MACDONALD, Mr.Joseph LYONS, Waterhead Mill

Christ. ADCOCK

1 son

71 Wardour Street, Soho or 51 Brewer Street, Golden Square

Wm. THACKWRAY

Sister, brother-in-law and 10 children

Mr. J. GREENWOOD, Thorp Arch, or Boston near Wetherby, Yorkshire

H. ADAMS

Wife & 6 children

Jane ADAMS near Chittlehampton, South Molton, Devon

John WYAT

Brother & 3 sisters

Mrs. STEPHENS at Messrs STUBBS & Co, Coachmaker, White Chapel Road

William OGILVIE

Mother

Mrs. Ann OGILVIE, John CLARKE's, Hutchinson Town, Glasgow

P. O'DONNELL

2 nieces & brother

Ellen O'DONNELL, Buff in the County of Limerick

J.PARKIN

Daughter

Mr. HOWARD on the Old Bridge, Exeter, Devon

J.PARKER?

Wife & 2 daughters

J. CASPER Esq Canterbury

? NEEDHAM

Wife & 3 children

Mary NEEDHAM, Halliwell Street, Chesterfield

Thos. KING

1 son

Mrs.F. PRIME, Spencer Place, Goswell St Road

J. RATHBONE

1 brother, 2 sisters

Mr. CASTLE, No.1 Pro.. Buildings, Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell

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