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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.

CAMPBELL, Charles Junior , 1827

National Archives, Kew, CO48/114, 88

[To Viscount GODERICH, Secretary of State for the Colonies May-September 1827]

Theatre Royal


26th May 1827

My Lord

Previous to Earl Bathurst retiring from office I had the honor of receiving his promise to make the necessary enquiries with a claim I have upon the Orphan Chamber of the Cape of Good Hope, I am now reduced to solicit your Lordships interference being convinced that without it I shall never obtain a shilling. My Father (Major General Charles CAMPBELL) died at the Cape about 4 years since, the Orphan Chamber took possession of his effects which were sacrificed for the Benefit of the Children. I have written several times and received but the reply, and that authorized me to draw for 1700 Rix Dollars by appointing an Agent at the Cape. I accordingly sent out a Power of Attorney to the Secretary of the Orphan Chamber Mr.SMUTTS, but I have never received any reply two years have nearly elapsed during which time I have written at least six times I (word obscured) most respectfully solicit your Lordships interference and have the honor to be

Your Lordships

Most obedient

Honorable Servant





National Archives, Kew, CO48/114, 126

Adelphi Theatre


6th November 1827


Since I had the honor of writing last letters have arrived from the Secretary of the Orphan Chamber stating that my claim has been transmitted to England thro' Government and expressing his surprise that it has not been received. I beg most respectfully to be informed where I am to apply for the same or what channel it is most likely to have been sent.

I have the honor to be

Your most obed't serv't


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