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.

TURVEY, Edward, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/53, 393

[Undated, 1820]


Nothing pains me more than being forced to give trouble but in the situation I have been placed it becomes my duty to do every thing in my power for the Party going out under me. A Dilema occurs in the following manner: John KEMP, Sawyer and five children are going out with me. His eldest daughter Nancy KEMP aged fifteen has got married within the last 2 months to John SUTTON aged 17 years and Mr KEMP is in much trouble fearing his daughter will not go without her husband. Mrs WILLIE aged 26 wife of Mr WILLIE Carpenter has offered to remain at home for the present and join our party in 6 months if the Colonial office will have the goodness to permit John SUTTON to go in her place and I have been most particularly requested by overseers of the Parish of Burwash in Sussex to make known this Circumstance and their Ernest Entreaty that this may be complyed with - this will compleat our Party and make no difference in the number going out or in the amount of our deposit as it now stands having paid £185-0-0 and our party now making only the amount of


I have the honor to be, Sir

Your most obedient and most humble svt


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