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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.

HARRIES, Roger re Thomas PHILIPPS, 1824

National Archives, Kew, CO48/67, 134

51 Lime Street

29th Sept 1824


The latter end of last month I received a letter from my relation Thomas PHILIPPS settler in Albany Cape of Good Hope under date of the 10th May last informing me that he has taken the liberty of addressing you on the subject of a proposal to import into that Colony a certain number of Irish labourers for the transport of whom I am rightly informed an annual sum has been granted by Parliament.

If it should be the pleasure of my Lord BATHURST to entertain this proposal of Mr. PHILIPPS's I hope it will not be considered as trespassing too much on your valuable time to allow me the favor, which I now solicit, of a conference with you on the subject.

I have the honor to be Sir

Your very obed't serv't


[Transcriber's Note: An article on Thomas PHILIPPS in the National Library of Wales Journal 1977 XX/1 and reproduced at says:

“On 30 July 1801 he was married at St. Mary's Islington to Charlotte Harriet ARBOUIN, of Highbury Place, Middlesex: his address was then 'City Chambers', that of his brother John. His bride was the fourth daughter of Matthew ARBOUIN, merchant of 17 Mincing Lane, son of Francis ARBOUIN, brandy merchant of the same place. Her father had died in 1792, four years after her mother. Her brothers Samuel and James were London merchants formerly engaged in the Bordeaux wine trade, and her eldest sister Sophia was the wife of another merchant, Roger HARRIES of Islington, (d. 1839) who seems to have been a relative of PHILIPPS on his mother's side, possibly even her brother. Thomas PHILIPPS remained in touch with these other HARRIES connexions of his, and in 1830 welcomed their only child, William Mathew HARRIES and his newly wedded wife, Anna Maria, youngest daughter of Abel Walford BELLAIRS of Haverfordwest, as emigrants to South Africa."


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