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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.

CHUBB, James re Joseph TURPIN, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 132

Jan 6th 1820

My Lord,

I most humbly beg leave to commend to your Lordship the Bearer, Joseph TURPIN, my Son in Law, who is going out as a Settler to the Cape of Good Hope, and is to sail with his wife in the Aurora. He is the writer of this, and has held a Situation as Teacher, in a very respectable Academy in Hackney for five years. As there are 141 children in the Party he belongs to, and no other Schoolmaster among them, they will of course want Education, should it meet your Lordship's approbation to grant him a Salary, or out of your wonted goodness, to recommend him to the Governor of the Colony. Your Lordship will confer an additional obligation on myself and Friends.

I am, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most humble and dutiful Servant


Late permit Examiner in the Excise office, near Forty years employed by the Hon'ble Board,

now Superannuated.

P.S. These Papers are enclosed that Earl BATHURST may recollect the Favors he has done me.


[Note on reverse]

Lord B cannot offer him a Salary or further situation as Schoolmaster but has no objection to his undertaking the Education of children as a means of procuring a livlyhood


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