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.

DYASON, Isaac, 1820

National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 233


January 14 1820


I beg to inform you that one of the Men named WILLIAM GILPIN embarked with our Party on Board the Zoroaster. Capt. THOMPSON has been discharged on account of severe illness. We have been recommended to substitute Enos SMITH, Farmer age 22 Years in his place.

Enclosed in this I have left the Letter to General, The Lord Charles SOMERSET and if you will have the goodness to substitute SMITHs name in the place of GILPIN it will add another favor to those received.

I am Sir

Your Obedient Sr





National Archives, Kew, CO48/52, 234

Deptford 13 January 1820

Capt YOUNG presents Compliments to Mr DYASON, acquaints him the bearer "Enos SMITH" is the Man he mentioned, who wishes to proceed as a Settler with his Party.

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