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.

DEVENISH, Sarah, 1826

National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 117

34 Land? St



July 5th 1826

My Lord,

I presume the very great liberty of memorialising your Lordship for a free passage on board the Barbara, now going to the Cape of Good Hope, as I have an only brother Lieut. John DEVENISH settled in that colony some years, and am myself an orphan and will be totally destitute on the widow of Lieut. STRETCH embarking on the 7th inst for the Cape, unless you my Lord will take my case into your gracious consideration by humanely ordering me a passage in the same ship with the widow STRETCH, who was recommended to your Lordship by General BOURTH, now on passage to that Colony. I have the honor to be my Lord with the highest sentiments of respect

Your Lordship's obd't humble servant