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.

BUCKLEY, Phineas, 1827

National Archives, Kew, CO48/114, 15

March 10th 1827

My Lord,

I humbly address your Lordship requesting that you would have the goodness to inform me (if it lays in your department of Government if not to forward it to the proper Quarter) whether I and some other of my Brothers can be permitted to go to the Affrican Settlement to reside upon the same conditions as the Settlers who went out in the year 1820 – if we can when will any ships be going to the Cape of Good Hope or Angola Bay on the Government account, or whether a passage will be granted any other way to the said Settlement - -we have relations there and are very desireous to join them by the Goverments permission – your reply to these Enquiries will much oblige your humble petitioner


Direct Phineas BUCKLEY, Hollins, near Mossley. Lancashire

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