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

Selected Settler Correspondence 1820 - 1837

Whereas ALL the 1819 correspondence was transcribed (see CO48/41 through CO48/46 at the National Archives), whether or not the writers emigrated to the Cape, here only letters by known settlers or their families, or letters of great relevance to the 1820 settlers, have been transcribed. There are many other letters in later files, thought not to be written by eventual settlers. However, if an ancestor is known to have emigrated after the 1820 settlers then it might be worth looking through the rest of the correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically. The relevant files for letters written in 1820 are CO48/52 (A-L) and CO48/53 (M-Y). Later files are labelled "Original Correspondence" followed by the year, and can be found from CO48/56 (1821) to CO48/186 (1837).

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.

ADCOCK, Christopher, 1820

Filed with the Dispatches of Sir Rufane DONKIN

National Archives, Kew, CO48/49, 123

Blue Krantz
14 July 1820

To His Excellency Major General Sir Rufane Shaw DONKIN KCB, Acting Governor of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, Commander in Chief

The Petition of Christopher ADCOCK

Most humbly sheweth

That Petitioner intends carrying on the trade of Tallow Chandler to some extent to supply the settlers of the Colony with that necessary article of consumption, candles, but that not having implements for this purpose Petitioner humbly hopes that Your Excellency will be pleased to forward his intentions to the Colonial Secretary in England requesting that the necessary articles, which will be provided by Petitioner’s friends, may be sent free of freight to this Colony. Petitioner’s brother, who will send out the articles required, can be consulted on application to Mr. R.H. ADCOCK, No.71 Wardour Street, Soho. And Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray.


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