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.

MURRAY, John re George MORGAN and Miss SHAND, 1830

National Archives, Kew, CO48/137, 320

13 May 1830

Mr. George MORGAN having been previously nominated by His Majesty's Government to one of the vacant Churches in the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, sailed to the Cape at the expence of Government about five years ago, and on his arrival was designated by His Excellency Lord Charles Somerset to the Church of Somerset, where he has since laboured with approved diligence and fidelity. Before Mr. MORGAN left Aberdeen he was on Terms of Marriage with a Miss SHAND, a young Lady of a most respectable but decayed Family in this City. Had Miss SHAND been able to accompany Mr. MORGAN to the Cape, as it was intended she should, I have no doubt but the expence of her Passage, as well as that of her intended Husband, would have been defrayed by His Majesty's Government. She was, however, detained by ill health. Now thro' the kindness of Providence her health is restored, and she is desirous to proceed to the Cape, in terms of her engagement. As, however, neither her Parents, nor Mr. MORGAN, who has a widowed Mother to support, can without great difficulty defray the expence of her voyage. I take leave, at their desire, to request you will have the goodness to lay the case before Sir George MURRAY, in the hope that in the circumstances thereof, he may be induced to order the expence of Miss SHAND's Passage from London to the Cape to be paid out of Funds of Government.
I am Sir your most obed't sev't
John MURRAY, Minister of North Parish, Aberdeen

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