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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.

CONNOR, Mary, 1826


July 21st 1826

The humble petition of Mary CONNOR

Most humbly sheweth

You hon's pet'r begs leave with all humility to sollicit your hon's humanity to act her relief as being now down to the greatest distress and have no means of supporting herself in Cork pet'rs husband and 7 children agreed with Mr. John INGRAM for 3 years and subsistance for the said term as being coopers to go to Cape Town. Pet'r haveing the missfortune of looseing her passage and her family and husband gone off to Cape Town. Pet'r hopes your hon'r will be so humane as to grant her a passage to go to Cape Town to her husband and children and for your hon's prosperity in this life and glorious fellisity in the next, with ardent heart will fervently pray


NB Please direct to Mary CONNOR to the care of Mr. Daniel HOLLAND, Master Cooper, Maylor Street, Cork.

I know the above named Mary CONNOR, I believe what she states to be strictly true, and take the liberty of recommending her case to the consideration of His Majesty's Government

[illegible signature .....AGGETT]

Recorder of Cork

July 24 1826

I beg leave to join with the Recorder of Cork in recommending the petitioner [??] hereto.

Cork, 25th July 1826


Mayor of Cork

John CONNOR and Mary CONNOR late of the City of Cork were legally and validly married according to the rites of the R.C. church by the Rev. T. BANG DD in the presence of Peter LOVER? Dennis CONWAY and Cath B.. [obscured in fold] in or about the year of our Lord 1792, there being no registry to be found as [obscured] in the days after the minutest enquiry & on the testimony of the above witnesses who are living and now before me in the town of Mallow Co.Cork, I certify the truth of the above.


Administrator of the Parish of Mallow

Mallow, July 26th Anno Domini 1826

I have made enquiry into the above statement and believe it to be correct

July 26th 1826


Curate of the Parish of Mallow


[Transcriber's Note: John CONNOR sailed with INGRAM's second party of settlers on the Barossa in 1823]

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