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.

WATSON, Robert, 1820

[Transcriber's Note: The layout and handwriting of this letter, as well as the fact that the writer is from Faversham, suggest that it is by the same R. WATSON as the letters in 1819]

National Archives, Kew, CO48/53, 485

London

10 Feb 1820

My Lord,

In consequence of receiving no reply to a letter which I did myself the honor of addressing to your Lordship about 4 or 5 weeks since, I am led to fear that it has never been received by your Lordship. I am therefore induced once more to intrude myself upon your Lordship's notice.

I am about to engage with a Gen'l CAMPBELL for the purpose of emigrating to the Cape of Good Hope and altho' I have no reason to doubt the honor of the General, yet as there are many persons now about taking every advantage to the ruin of the unwary, I am bound by the strongest ties for the safety of my own family and those families who are willing to place themselves under my care to take such steps as will ensure the safety of us all. I have therefore to request of your Lordship that you will have the kindness to inform me whether His Majesty's Government has made to Gen'l CAMPBELL of Durham Place Lambeth a grant of 10,000 acres of land and in what part of the Colony the grant is made.

I am further to solicit from your Lordship the favor of being informed whether His Majesty's Government would be induced to favor me with a grant of land of about 5 or 600 acres upon my taking out at my own expence 5 families, including in men, women & children 15 persons. An answer at your Lordship's convenience will be gratefully acknowledged by, my Lord

Your Lordship's most obliged and most obed't serv't

Robert WATSON

Please to address Mr. WATSON, Faversham, Kent

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