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.

CARLISLE, Frederick, 1828

National Archives, Kew, CO48/127, 193

Brentwood, Essex

27th Feb 1828


I had the honor to receive from you a communication dated in December last, stating in reference to my application on behalf of the Albany Settlers, that there were no funds which could be applied to their relief. Being anxious to acquaint the Settlers with the result of my expedition to this Country, may I beg to be forward with a reply of a more particular nature, that is, one adverting to the original application submitted by me on the part of the Albany Settlers and the kind of relief therein prayed for.

As I am now writing (with your concurrence) merely on a matter of form and not with any view to induce the reconsideration of a question unfortunately decided against me, I will briefly state the points to which I wish allusion to be made –

A memorial dated 20th April 1825 from the principle Agriculturist Settlers in Albany, praying H. M. Government to afford them the means of conveyance from England for a number of labourers of which they were in great want, stating also that their circumstances were too much reduced to enable them to effect this desirable object by their own private exertions – and further praying that to the before-named grant, might be added, the amount of expense incurred by the individual (myself) to conduct the Emigration.

I have the honor to be Sir, your very obedt. & humbl. Servant


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