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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Correspondence 1821 to 1837.

Here only letters by known settlers or their families, or letters of great relevance to the 1820 settlers, have been transcribed, whereas ALL the 1819 correspondence was transcribed (see CO48/41 through CO48/46) whether or not the writers emigrated to the Cape.

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.

ADAMSON, Rev James, 1827

National Archives, Kew, CO48/114, 4

Cupar, Fife

18 Mar 1827


Permit me to inform you that I have been ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh to be Minister of the proposed Scottish congregation at Cape-town and have been instructed to apply to you to procure for me a passage to the colony at his Majesty's expence in conformity with an assurance to that effect made to the Presbytery. The accommodation required is for a single person with six or seven boxes of luggage and I shall be ready to sail at any time after the end of this month and shall esteem it a peculiar favour if you will let me know as early as possible at what time a vessel will sail in which it may be convenient for his Majesty's government to afford me a passage.

Believe me, Sir, your obed't ser't





National Archives, Kew, CO48/114, 6

Cupar, Fife

4th May 1827


I sometime ago received from The Rev'd. Dr. BRUNTON Edinburgh an extract of a letter from you in which you intimate that a passage to the Cape of Good Hope will be ordered for me at the expence of his Majesty's government. The object of my former application was to ascertain merely the time at which it would be convenient to appoint me a passage and I intended to present myself in London as soon as possible with the proper documents. These have I presume been forwarded to you.

Permit me again to request that you will give me early intimation of the period at which the vessel will sail by which you intend me to proceed.

I am your most obed't Ser't


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